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Google Play Store Changes Coming November 21, Making Tablet Apps More Visible

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This morning, Google announced that they will make a “series of changes” to the Google Play store on November 21 to further improve tablet app visibility. Even though more than 70 million Android tablets have been activated over the years, there is opportunity to do more. 

The “Designed for tablets” view will be the default view for users browsing Google Play top lists on their tablets. Users will be able to switch views to see all apps or games if they chose, but this should help everyone find apps built specifically for bigger screens without having to work. Google will also mark apps as “Designed for phones” if they do not meet the “Designed for tablets” criteria.

The news comes via the Android Developers blog as a reminder for developers to get their apps ready for tablet usage.

And I don’t want to look too much into the date, but why November 21? What’s happening on that day?

Via:  Android Developers

  • David Kinlay

    Would be easier than having to get the developer to optimize their applications

  • Tay

    on my birthday!!!

  • Richard Giordano

    release of the nexus 10 made by asus?

  • Guest

    Nexus 10 (2013): November 21st

  • gemmax

    Ever since the last update the Google Play store (web version) is practically unusable. I would be satisfied if they would just make it slightly functional.

  • Mark Roan

    Having NFS MW as a designed for tablet app is a sick, sick joke. I’d love to play that game on my new N7.

  • Derek Duncan

    Nov. 21 is way too late for any sort of product announcement.

  • Bob

    11/21/13
    11-21+13 = 3
    Half-Life 3 confirmed

    • Chris

      get a life

      • Bob

        A new half-life?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      11/21/13 – Nexus 5
      1+1+2+1+1+3 – 5 = 4
      Half-Life 4 confirmed.

  • Daistaar

    Right on time for Black Friday and the holiday shopping rush. Expecting Kit Kat and a plethora of new tablet offerings…

    • m3rdpwr

      People like doing it to get others all fired up.
      Just like I’ll get all thumbs down for this comment. :)

  • Chris

    little late to the party huh Google? and kudos to tablet apps. not just blown up smart phone apps. You have that large screen. make every pixel of it useful.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    I’m sure Google dropped that specific date on purpose, just to drive us crazy. Google loves to troll people like us.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    OS wide gestures is all i want to see. I don’t care if they have to copy apple to make it happen, just do it.

  • mustbepbs

    I hope that day isn’t when the new N10 hits, because that’s way too far away. I want to get either the new N10 or the LG G Pad 8.3, whatever hits first, really.

    You hear me, Google?

  • gbenj

    The smart money would say something tablet related…Maybe new nexus 10 that day.

    Hope we don’t have to wait until november 21 for a new nexus handset.

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      If so, I hope there’s an LTE model so I can finally replace my Motorola Xoom. I want a 10″ Nexus tablet with LTE, and so far the Motorola Xoom is the only tablet that fits that description. :/ I owned a WiFI-only Nexus 10 for a while, but in the end I sold it because it was pointless to take it out with me on the road.

      • gbenj

        I’m the opposite, I dumped my Moto Xoom and went with the nexus 7 instead. Couldnt be happier. Don’t need that large screen size just something more comfortable to use for reading when at home or on the train and I’m on wifi 99% of the time so LTE not a big deal for me.

        Having said that, the fact that Google released the new nexus 7 with cross carrier support does bode well for you.

        • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

          Yeah I have an LTE N7 as well. I definitely take it out with me (makes a good jukebox on the road, streaming Google Music), but when I’m stopped and trying to get work done, the 7″ screen size just doesn’t cut it for me. I’m one of the few people I know who has a legitimate use for a phone, 7″ and 10″ tablet. hahahaha

          • pookietookie

            hahahaha. hahahaha!!!!!!!!

      • turdbogls

        i’m just curious….buy why not tether your phone? i always wondered why LTE tablets existed when tethering was so easy (at least on Nexus devices) and free.
        yes i tether, but maybe 250MB a year when i travel. flame if you must.

        • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

          For me, it’s convenience more than anything.

          I can technically tether, but my problem is I always forget about the phone. I’ll turn tethering on, throw the phone in my pocket, then I pull it out to check it 3 hours later and 65% of my battery has been zapped away. haha

          Plus, tablets, due to their larger body size have a bigger ground plane than a phone and usually a bigger antenna as well. This means they can sometimes grab a signal where a phone can’t. I’m on the road a lot, so this is extremely useful for me.

          In the end, it costs me $20/mo to add two tablets to my existing data plan. At that price, the convenience is worth it to me. It allows me to be connected anywhere I happen to be, on any device, without having to rely on another device to do it.

          • michael arazan

            If I tether my phone to a tablet, I eat battery big time if it is not plugged in

  • PhoenixPath

    “And I don’t want to look too much into the date, but why November 21?”

    You…bastard.

    • Daistaar

      Black Friday holiday shopping season starts… You’ll be able to find tablet apps nice and easy on your new Kindle and Nook and Galaxy tabs, etc…

      • PhoenixPath

        Black Friday is the 29th, isn’t it?

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Yup

        • Daistaar

          Yep. Looks like I was off by a week. Still…

  • Jack3D

    Date-beasting!!!!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Hah, I like that.