updated 04:52 pm EDT, Mon October 8, 2012
Google posts advice for tablet app developers
Google is looking to improve the app ecosystem for tablets running its Android operating system, and the company has posted a checklist to help developers make tablet-optimized apps. In a post today on the Android Developers Blog, Google linked to a checklist laying out best practices for developing Android tablet apps. Google will also continue to highlight notable tablet apps in an effort to increase downloads and revenues for developers making those apps.
The best practices checklist includes suggestions on testing for core app quality, optimizing layouts for larger screens, and proper font and icon settings for tablet screens. Google also provides advice on tablet-specific feature sets and designing apps so as not to exclude other tablets due to hardware features.
Google cites developers such as Mint.com, Tiny Co, and Instapaper, all of which made tablet-optimized apps and have reportedly seen significant successes in the Android app market space. Google will be sharing more tips on tablet app development throughout the week, and beginning Thursday the company will be interviewing successful tablet app makers for further advice for developers.
The lack of tablet-optimized apps for Android devices is viewed by some as a major hindrance for the platform in the tablet sector. Apple's App Store boasts more than 250,000 apps available for the iPad, which remains the dominant device among tablets. Smartphones account for the majority of devices running Android, but recent studies indicate that Android tablets are increasing in popularity, a fact that likely accounts for some of Google's renewed interest in improving its tablet app space.