A blog post from the Android Developers Blog has revealed that the Google Play Store will start showing apps which are “Designed for tablets” starting from November 21. This will make it easier for tablet users on Android to navigate between an app made specifically for their device and a standard mobile app. This change will also bring a “designed for phones” category which will help smartphone users. There’s no such system in place currently, which means that users will either have to check the app description or just try their luck with the app to see if it’s designed for a large screen device.
Apple has had a separate “iPad Apps” section in the iTunes AppStore for a long time now, so one would say Google has been rather slow in bringing these changes to the Play Store. According to Google’s claims, there are currently over 70 million Android tablets in circulation which have hundreds and thousands of apps. And a unification process like this will be great for the Android platform. This could be the first of many changes coming to Android with the forthcoming Android 4.4 update.