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One of the biggest criticisms lodged at Android tablets, even excellent ones like Google’s Nexus 7, is that developers still don’t make their apps with larger screens in mind. Even though Android tablets have been prevalent since Google launched its tablet-friendly operating system called Honeycomb in February 2011, most apps are just blown-up versions of the smartphone app. They’re not very flattering.
As the important holiday shopping season approaches, Google has posted some new guidelines for developers to help them create better apps for a tablet’s larger screen. (We first came across the guidelines on VentureBeat.) Google also provides a few examples of how apps optimised for tablets can get featured in the Google Play store and therefore drive more sales for developers, a nice incentive.
But it’s still a bit sad that Google has to coax developers into optimising apps for Android tablets. It’s been nearly two years since Samsung introduced the first serious Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, and since then there’s still relatively little developer interest in making great apps for large-screen Android devices.
Meanwhile, the iPad has tens of thousands of apps optimised for the big screen. The developer interest was there since day one.