Back in early October, Google revealed that it was going to start changing the way apps are displayed in the Play Store for owners of Android tablets. The idea was to really highlight the efforts of developers who had taken the time to optimize their apps for use on tablets, and move the Store’s “Designed for tablets” section from something tablet owners would have to hunt down themselves to the default view for the app. Today, we see that change finally go into effect.
Hand-in-hand with making “Designed for tablets” the default category tablet users will see, Google’s creating a “Designed for phones” label that’s more or less a catch-all for apps that fall short of or don’t even attempt to meet Google’s design guidelines for tablets. For developers interested in making sure that their apps do what they need to to get that “for tablets” designation, Google provides a number of design tips, and even spells out item-by-item in the Android Developer Console just what needs to change before tablet approval is granted.
As we mentioned when first hearing this news, not only does this sound like it will make app browsing a whole lot more pleasant for tablet users, but we’re optimistic that it could help encourage developers to focus more on really making their apps shine on tablets in the first place.