There a perception out there that the Google Play Store doesn’t really have that many apps designed exclusively for tablets, despite the fact that there are a plethora of apps available on the Store. The perception isn’t true at all, there are a ton of apps available which have been designed only for tablets. Nevertheless, the internet search giant is going to make a few changes in the Play Store which go in effect on November 21st. The changes will put apps designed for tablets front and center.
Google reveals that more than 70 million Android tablets have been activated around the world, and that “thousands” of developers have created apps just for them. The changes have been made in line with the approaching holiday season, as Google looks to make it “even easier for the next wave of tablet owners to discover great apps and games.” Earlier this year Google created a new “designed for tablets” section in Play Store where users could find apps for tablets. Only those apps which met criteria and guidelines Google had laid down were included in this section. From November 21st, users browsing Google Play Store will by default only see apps made for tablets on the top lists, such as Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing etc, though they’ll be able to switch the view if they wish to see all apps and games. The second change is that apps that do not meet “designed for tablets” criteria will now be labeled as “designed for phones,” letting users easily know that the app is not fully compatible with their Android tablet.