Google Play Store Gets Better Tablet-Optimized App Visibility, Some Apps Listed as “Designed for Phones”
Google Play Store was supposed to get a slight change, so it will show tablet optimized apps on slates. Now it has achieved that, according to people who tried to access the store lately. Apparently on tablets you’ll only be shown the optimized apps and the handset ones will be shown with the “designed for phones” mark next to them.
Google is still light years away from Apple’s approach in the area of tablet apps and their optimization, especially since over the past years they kept offering us stretched versions of handset apps. Apple offers the separation by default and their iPad apps are truly optimized. While Google has started this new approach, I tend to believe that some apps will escape their vigilence.
Some apps that are merely functional on tablets may get listed as tablet optimized, which is not OK. Anyway, the signs are good and Google is looking towards a more developed tablet ecosystem, which is good. Did you open up the Google Play Store on your slate? How did it look?