Google is to address the low impact of Android tablets on iPad sales by making it easier to format apps for a larger screen.
Writing on the Android Developers blog, the company explained it will soon add a button to its Honeycomb operating system allowing users to resize smartphone apps automatically for tablets. The button will be placed on the program’s system bar, enabling the app to fill an entire display without losing graphical resolution as the current ‘stretch to fill screen’ function is prone to doing.
“Imagine viewing your app at the size of a phone screen then zooming in 200 per cent,” explained lead Android technical blogger Scott Main. ”The effect is that everything is bigger, but also more pixelated, because the system does not resize your layout or use your alternative resources for the current device.”
Better functioning Android tablet apps will prove good news for users as well as for Google who will be hoping to see off competition from Amazon’s slate which is set to launch later this year.