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November 23, 2013

Google Play Rolls Out “Designed for Phones” Only Tag


Finding apps on the Play Store specifically for tablets has historically been a bit of a trial-and-error process for many users.

It usually involves finding an app and hunting through the screenshots for a tablet picture. If there isn’t one, you install the app anyway and hope a tablet layout will magically show up.

The Android Development blog states:

Fueled by the Nexus 7 and other great devices, more than 70 million Android tablets have been activated. Thousands of developers have already designed their apps to look great on tablets, and with the holidays fast approaching, we’re making it even easier for the next wave of tablet owners to discover great apps and games.



With Android tablets gaining more and more market share, Google has decided to get tough on app developers that don’t build apps with tablets in mind. Apps that don’t include certain tablet enhancements will display a “Designed for phones” tag on the tablet version of the Play Store, making users with tablets less likely to install them, whereas apps that have the tablet enhancement will show “Designed for tablets“. Google is also upping the stake on the front page and “Top app” lists on the tablet Play Store, which will now hide phone apps by default. Now read the full BlogSpot at the link below.

Android Development Blog


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini