Out of the top 50 paid and free iPad apps in Apple’s US App Store, 30 percent (read: 15 apps) were absent from Google Play, and 18 percent (nine apps) were available but not optimized for tablet users. That leaves us with 52 percent (26 apps) that had Android versions both available through Google Play and optimized for tablet use (meaning they weren’t just than a smartphone app blown up to the size of a tablet screen).
The latest findings come from Canalys, an independent analyst firm which used aggregated daily rankings in the first half of 2013 to find the list of iPad apps to check against. Here’s the full 50:
“Quite simply, building high-quality app experiences for Android tablets has not been among many developers’ top priorities to date,” Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Shepherd said in a statement. “That there are over 375,000 apps in the Apple App Store that are designed with iPad users in mind, versus just a fraction of this – in the low tens of thousands – available through Google Play, underscores this point.”
While the last quarter saw more Android tablets ship than iPads, the app ecosystem on Google’s platform has yet to catch up to Apple’s. Canalys says it expects this trend to change as the number of Android tablets continues to soar and Google brings improvements to the Play store.