Google Urges Android Developers to Consider Tablets

Google is urging Android developers to create their apps for tablets instead of predominately focusing on a smartphone version.

Speaking to The Guardian, Google's mobile team product manager, Robert Hamilton, said: "We'd like developers to think more and more about great tablet experiences. There's a lot of really good Android tablets out there now."

Hamilton stressed that the firm's first tablet, the Nexus 7, was the first product to essentially grab developers' attention about releasing apps that are specifically designed for just tablets. With the impending launch of its 10-inch Nexus 10 tablet on November 13, Hamilton believes more developers will begin to grasp the importance of making apps compatible with tablets.

"We actually think that the Nexus 7 was the tipping point and [the Nexus 10] is pushing it further. We are seeing the smart Android developers move quickly towards great tablet experiences, which sometimes means rethinking their apps."

The Google Play store recently exceeded 700,000 apps, subsequently matching the amount of applications Apple's App Store features. The latter, however, offers over 250,000 iPad-specific apps.

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  • Someone Somewhere
    clubsaucekillerGood Android tablets currently available:

    Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Note 10.1, Nexus 7, TF300, soon-to-be Nexus 10 etc.
  • freggo
    nebunlol....this is one wants to develop for goolge, lol....iPhone all the way

    So you are an iPhone user?
    May I let you in on a little secret?
    A lot of websites make changes and updates first for PC users, then Android visitors and then, if there is time and money left, for iPhone/iPad users.
    Why ? Because it is notoriously difficult, especially on media rich websites, to be compatible with Fruit based products !

    So if you do not mind to be at the end of the line... then keep on smiling :-)
  • wemakeourfuture
    loltabWell since tablets are just a fad and ultimately provide the least functionality and daily use from any of our other devices, I personally dont want dev's to focus on tablets. Focus on the smartphone, thats what I keep on me 12+ hours a day, and near me 24 hours a day. Sure I know if you design a new product you dont want it to be ignored, but face reality, tablets are useless. I know, I own 3 of them (Galaxy Tab, Ipad 1, Nexus 7).

    If it took you had to own 3 tablets to realize this is something you find "useless" then perhaps we really shouldn't be listening to your judgement. I'd think someone would know before they owned one if they really had strong use cases for it. I can understand having one, trying it and realizing you don't use it. But 3?
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  • clubsaucekiller
    Good Android tablets currently available:
  • Someone Somewhere
    clubsaucekillerGood Android tablets currently available:

    Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Note 10.1, Nexus 7, TF300, soon-to-be Nexus 10 etc.
  • lemlo
    Though I don't even think chrome is all that optimized for what it could be on a tablet. Slightly hypocritical. At least the jellybean default browser is pretty darn nice.