People are buying tablets running Google’s Android by the million, but the lack of tablet-optimized versions of applications that are available for the smartphones is a frequently-heard complaint. Google is working to change that.
While there is a huge array of software that will run on Android tablets, comparatively little of this has been optimized for larger displays. This means they appear “stretched” — generally functional but hardly ideal.
In order to change this situation, Google’s developer tools will now tell developers what they need to do to make every app they are working on tablet optimized.
Whenever a new app is uploaded to the Google Play Developer Console, it will run a series of checks to see how well the software meets basic criteria from the Tablet App Quality Checklist, and notify the developer of any issues it finds.
The goal is to allow developers to “quickly see how [their] app is doing against basic guidelines for tablet app distribution and quality.”
This change follows on the heels of another significant change made last week: Google gave developers the ability to upload screenshots taken of tablet-optimized versions of apps that are then shown preferentially in Google Play to those who are using a tablet.