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Google Play Can Now Feature 7-inch and 10-inch Screenshots, Shows Automatically Depending on the User’s Device

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The Android developers team announced this afternoon that going forward, they are allowing for both 7-inch and 10-inch screenshots from developers to be posted in their Google Play store app listings. In even better news, these new screenshots will be displayed preferentially to users depending on the type of device they are browsing the Play store from. So for developers, this means you can in some ways customize the browsing experience to users based upon device type or I’m assuming, screen resolution.

This should also provide a better shopping experience for users who are wondering if this or that particular app has a tablet UI or will look decent enough on their device.

Seems like a minor change, but we love the little details.

Via:  Android Developers

  • PhoenixPath

    …about time. Maybe I can find some decent apps for my nX now.

    Would love a Gmail style file browser and a multi-pane music player/manager (…and for El Goog to open up their Play Music API).

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    Which screenshot will they show when someone is browsing on a desktop? All of them?

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

    Crap, more work to ready a listing page.

    Great for consumers though.

  • PuttsMoBilesiCit

    They need to make apps that are size specific first…

    • br_hermon

      What do you mean by that?

      • PuttsMoBilesiCit

        How many apps do you know that have a tablet version? Probably none on android.

        • http://twitter.com/jdhas jdhas

          You’re kidding, right?

          • ragnarok180

            Of course he is…

        • br_hermon

          OK first off, there ARE apps out there that are developed properly, IE they have appropriate layouts for devices of different sizes.

          Secondly, I wanted to ask what you meant before jumping all over your comment. Give you the benefit of the doubt here. So…

          People, this guy clearly didn’t word or say correctly what he was intending to say. He didn’t mean develop apps that are specific to different sizes (although it was admittedly worded pretty poorly), he means that apps should be developed properly with correct Google development / UI standards that accommodate for various sized screens all within one app.

          How often that successfully happens is another story entirely.

          • PuttsMoBilesiCit

            The last half of what you are saying sums it up. While i do not like apple at all their model of phone compared to tablet apps are like light and day apart from what we see, normally we just see apps blown up with a extra side panel where all their stuff is crazy nice right out the gate.

    • JasonIvers

      Why would they want to do that? You can make a single app that looks different at different screen sizes. Creating different apps for different sizes is like creating entirely separate web sites for different screen sizes, or browsers, or whatever, rather than using a responsive layout and some conditional statements.

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      Why? If a dev can make their app look great on phones and tablets, why make a separate app? And, yes, it is quite possible to do, see GMail, G+, and several of the more popular Twitter apps to name a few. And I will also concede that technically you would need multiple apps for games, but even those can be gamed (no pun intended) by downloading a single app that triggers a secondary download dependent upon your hardware.

      • PuttsMoBilesiCit

        I never said it had to be separate. I’m more so saying that if you go down the list of most popular apps and you really look at them on a tablet, all they are, are just stretched. Facebook, twitter, Pandora, and I would even go as far as saying Netflix because you get no extra screens / perks just more tiles.