Android 12L to get Play Store optimizations
Just when everyone assumed that Android tablets were officially killed in favour of ChromeOS, Google dropped Android 12L, a large display-focused version of the software.
As per Google, several improvements are coming to the Play Store to make it much simpler to locate high-quality apps for tablets and other large-screen devices. It appears to be a promising first step toward enhancing the end-user experience.
To begin, Google is modifying how it ranks and highlights applications in the Play Store over the next several months, with “high-quality” apps that satisfy Google’s tablet-specific requirements receiving priority placement in search results and homepage suggestions.
For example, rather than needing to search for a tablet-optimized Twitter client, it should be towards the top of the list.
Second, Google wants to alert consumers when an app in the Play Store does not adhere to the company’s fundamental requirements for large-screen compatibility.
This list includes the very minimum requirements for an effective large-screen application, including standard UI components like portrait and landscape modes, transitions, and a lack of letterboxing.
When these guidelines become available later this year, Google will notify you prior to installing an app that does not comply with contemporary standards.
Finally, the company has also reaffirmed its commitment to provide device-specific filters to all Play Store users in the near future, with categories for tablets, ChromeOS, Wear, and Auto all accessible to consumers.
Developers may begin previewing their ratings and reviews now by visiting the Play Console’s device-type breakdown.
For many users, Google’s efforts to get developers to work on tablet-centric applications may appear to be too little, too late. Apple now rules the tablet market, and even though brands like Samsung continue to make a valiant attempt to compete, there is only so much that can be done without optimised software.