Google publishes Android tablet app quality guidelines

Google publishes Android tablet app quality guidelinesOne area where the App Store kicks Google Play in the teeth (in addition to gaming) is hosting a healthy selection of apps carefully tailored for the iPad. That’s a fact, Jack, but feel free to sound off in the comments if I just made you cry.

On the plus side, Google is aiming to make Android apps a sexier experience for tablet owners, with a spanking new set of guidelines. Good stuff.

The Tablet App Quality Checklist follows an article published back in July, titled Getting Your App Ready for Jelly Bean and Nexus 7.

There are 10 guideline topics in total, beginning with ‘Test for Core App Quality’. That sounds fairly obvious to me.

A couple of other highlights include ‘Optimize your layouts for larger screens’ and ‘Take advantage of extra screen area available on tablets’. Again, fairly obvious, though Google goes into a ton of detail, complete with links to related guides. It's incredibly thorough reading.

Android tablets have found somewhat of a niche with affordable 7in offerings (Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire) though they might soon have competition from the rumoured 7.85in iPad mini.

If the rumour mill is on the money, iPad mini launch invitations will be sent out tomorrow. Stay tooned.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 9, 2012 at 14:46

hahahahahahahaha did they hire Dr Phil for those guidelines?

Pondlife  Oct. 9, 2012 at 15:16

Tbh the google apps aren't great in that respect either, gmail could be improved

jaybear88  Oct. 9, 2012 at 16:11

hahahahahahahaha did they hire Dr Phil for those guidelines?

They aren't all bad Jan, you'd be amazed at the number of programmers who don't do well with interfaces. I've met quite a few really technical guys who only think in a technical way and have zero ability to predict how Joe Public would handle their work. While they are some of the most intelligent people I have ever met, they most certainly need handholding when it comes to this stuff :)

Don't get me wrong, I'm not patting Google on the back for this, the general standardisation was long overdue.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 9, 2012 at 17:15

hahahahahahahaha did they hire Dr Phil for those guidelines?

They aren't all bad Jan, you'd be amazed at the number of programmers who don't do well with interfaces. I've met quite a few really technical guys who only think in a technical way and have zero ability to predict how Joe Public would handle their work. While they are some of the most intelligent people I have ever met, they most certainly need handholding when it comes to this stuff :)

Don't get me wrong, I'm not patting Google on the back for this, the general standardisation was long overdue.

Agree. You see it a lot of that amongst Ubuntu/Linux devs. The pride in freeware culture is one thing, but you see really good programs with completely idiotic UIs; and g*d forbid you ask a question about it - you're stamped "one of those Windows idiots" who can't handly Linux and the command line etc etc... Very rude (often) and not productive.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 10, 2012 at 00:00

hahahahahahahaha did they hire Dr Phil for those guidelines?

They aren't all bad Jan, you'd be amazed at the number of programmers who don't do well with interfaces. I've met quite a few really technical guys who only think in a technical way and have zero ability to predict how Joe Public would handle their work. While they are some of the most intelligent people I have ever met, they most certainly need handholding when it comes to this stuff :)

Don't get me wrong, I'm not patting Google on the back for this, the general standardisation was long overdue.

Agree. You see it a lot of that amongst Ubuntu/Linux devs. The pride in freeware culture is one thing, but you see really good programs with completely idiotic UIs; and g*d forbid you ask a question about it - you're stamped "one of those Windows idiots" who can't handly Linux and the command line etc etc... Very rude (often) and not productive.

I think you're referring to the "God Complex", I think every profession and area of expertise has people who suffer from it.

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