Google is all set to improve tablet users experience with an update to Google Play Store. The search engine giant is updating the app store with tablet optimized apps that will further enhance app visibility. Starting November 21st, anyone browsing Google Play on a tablet will see only tablet-optimized apps on the store’s list of bestsellers.
The “designed for tablets” section was added to the Google Play Store earlier on this past year, allowing those using 7-inch+ Android tablets to more easily find apps that were designed for use on their devices. Apps or games developed for tablets will be given prominence over others in the Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free and Trending lists.
Google is notifying Android developers of the changes in advance to give them time to ensure that their apps are optimized for tablets. To help developers meet these standards, Google has added a tablet optimization checklist to the Developer Console. On the consumer side, this should give users the best experience possible by pushing apps that aren’t tablet optimized into the background.
In July Google Play Store crossed 50 billion downloads and in September it announced over 1 billion Android activation. Also, Android’s app revenue is expected to hit $6.8 billion in 2013. The blog post also claimed that more than 70 million Android tablets have now been activated. Last week, Twitter released a redesigned version of the Twitter app compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. We might see more such tablet optimized apps as there is an upstake in tablet usage.