Google wants app developers to create more tablet-enabled apps

The idea of the Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets doesn’t just give consumers a more wallet-friendly device to play with; it also opens up the development platform for keen programmers. Google wants these developers to embrace its tablets and help to create more tablet-enabled applications that can compare to ones seen on Apple’s iPad.

Speaking to the Guardian, Robert Hamilton, product manager in Google’s mobile teams said:

"We'd like developers to think more and more about great tablet experiences. There are a lot of really good Android tablets out there now."

Hamilton also revealed that the Nexus 7 was the first Android-tablet to grab developers’ attention and motivating them into creating tablet-specific applications. Hamilton also believes the Nexus 10 which was announced earlier this week will only broaden the company’s horizons.

"We actually think that the Nexus 7 was the tipping point and (the Nexus 10) is pushing it further. We are seeing the smart Android developers move quickly towards great tablet a experience which sometimes means rethinking their apps."

So, what do you think of Hamilton’s thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Guardian | Image credits: MobileMag

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Give me a nice x86 10 inch tablet with Win8 Pro for $499 and I'll say that Microsoft just won the battle. WinRT, with the low amount of apps right now, is a joke.

Until then, Google have a huge fighting chance as they offer lower cost device with better specs (than Surface) and a big app store.

I wanted a Tablet that can be used as a PC as well, but unfortunately we had to choose between Apple and BugDroid, it is over now, Windows is back :-)

I tested the surface, it had Word and Excel, it had a very good browser, not as good as Google Chrome but still nice, it had a file manager, and it looks like it can connect to a network and access shares, wow.

Android is very good, when you ignore the bugs, but they don't want it to become a PC, just a youtube player and internet browser and games, well, some people need one for work too.

At this price point, I think it will succeed. For me, Android wins at this time vs WindowsRT. Windows8 devices are a different story, but I havent seen one for $399 yet.

There just doing this now? How long have android tablets been on the market?

Google has some serious issues with their strategy.

blueboy75 said,
There just doing this now? How long have android tablets been on the market?

Google has some serious issues with their strategy.


The difference is that Google has their own tablets out.

blueboy75 said,
There just doing this now? How long have android tablets been on the market?

Google has some serious issues with their strategy.

Every Nexus device was used to put Android into the right direction (no factory alterations, etc). The same is going on with tablets now.

Why? Android has struggled in the tablet space for years. Windows 8 is the future. It is too little too late for Google. They only succeeded in the Phone space thanks to de facto bundling. Tablets are a luxury and nobody wants android. The marker has more than decided that already. Any tablet that is not a pc replacement has no future. Android lacks a desktop ecosystem which both msft and apple have. Google is out.

neonspark said,
Why? Android has struggled in the tablet space for years. Windows 8 is the future. It is too little too late for Google. They only succeeded in the Phone space thanks to de facto bundling. Tablets are a luxury and nobody wants android. The marker has more than decided that already. Any tablet that is not a pc replacement has no future. Android lacks a desktop ecosystem which both msft and apple have. Google is out.

In Q3 40%+ of all tablets sold were Android and the tablet market is achieving year on year growth unlike the PC market is set to shrink between 2% and 8% depending on which source you trust more.

john.smith_2084 said,

Well, the user is now between two options, get a 10 inch Android to watch youtube, play games, and browse the internet, and a very good screen, or pay 99 more and get all of the above with Office, networking, and maybe not so much apps (but that does not matter to me)

Office will be released on Android. Oh, and network is not a real problem too, but it depends on the app (I'm watching a mkv stored on my (Windows Server) HTPC in my Android phone right now, btw).

neonspark said,
Why? Android has struggled in the tablet space for years. Windows 8 is the future. It is too little too late for Google. They only succeeded in the Phone space thanks to de facto bundling. Tablets are a luxury and nobody wants android. The marker has more than decided that already. Any tablet that is not a pc replacement has no future. Android lacks a desktop ecosystem which both msft and apple have. Google is out.

Surface / Windows
iOS / OSX
Android / Linux

Nexus 7/10 are the first "Google Tablets" and already got 1/6 of iPad sales. And I really really REALLY want to retire my iPad 2 and buy a Nexus 10.