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Google Wants Android Tablet Apps to Suck Less

Authored by: Steven Blum — Oct 10, 2012

Now that the Nexus 7 is taking off, Android has one of its first well-reviewed budget tablets ever (Kindle Fire doesn't count!).  But the app ecosystem hasn't caught up to all the hardware innovation. Now, Google is finally stepping in with a list of guidelines for developers, meant to increase the quality of Android tablet apps across the boards.

 The tips are a mix of the obvious and the interesting. They teach developers how to optimize layouts, test app quality and adjust the sizes of home screen widgets for tablet screens. Even typography is listed as important (The go-to font ever since ICS has been Roboto, if you were wondering).

Honestly, while I'm glad this list was published, it's long overdue. I'm pretty surprised Google didn't release this earlier. In any case, this is certainly good news for app developers and the folks who download their apps.

There are some amazing Android tablet apps out there (especially Google+!) but also a lot of apps that aren't ready for the big screen. Here's hoping these guidelines help developers get their acts together.

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Glostermeteor Oct 11, 2012 Link to comment

    A lot of apps also arent optimised for the larger screen resolutions of modern tablets, Ive recently bought an Asus Transformer and some of the apps Ive used previously look a bit blurry on it

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  • CJ Brown Oct 10, 2012 Link to comment

    All I want is a better Facebook app (to start) & I'm sure the rest will come sooner (not later) ... :)

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