Google is only now just asking devs to upload screens of their tablet apps to the Play Store

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 17 Apr 2013

I got a lot of heat for saying you shouldn’t buy an Android tablet if you have $399 if you’re wallet. The comments and emails I received were absolutely mental. But I’m still not going to change my stance, especially after reading the lastest post on Google’s Android Developers blog.

It says, and I quote:

“You’re now able to upload screenshots of your app running on 7″ and 10” tablets to the Google Play Developer Console, and those screenshots are shown preferentially in Google Play to users on those devices.

Are you kidding me? Google’s official tablet, the Nexus 7, has been on the market since July of last year and the company is only just now asking developers to provide screenshots of the tablet versions of their apps? And you wonder why I tell people to buy an iPad.

The news doesn’t stop there. Google is also finally asking developers to tick a box that says their app is tablet compatible. Meaning until today there was no way for a developer to tell his customers that their app was meant to run on a tablet and not a smartphone.

I don’t know about you, but all this makes me incredibly sad, yet at the same time somewhat glad. It’s pathetic that it took this long for Google to take tablets seriously, but you know what, better late than never, right?