The Samsung-made Nexus 10 is certainly a feast for the eyes, especially with that beautiful 2560×1600 display. There’s just one problem: there aren’t many Android developers who fine tune their apps for use on tablets. Instead of making a version of their app for Android tablets, a number of developers will just blow up their smartphone apps, which doesn’t exactly make for the prettiest of experiences. Google is looking to change that, urging developers to focus on the tablet experience when it comes to their apps.
“We’d like developers to think more and more about great tablet experiences. There’s a lot of really good Android tablets out there now,” Google mobile product manager Robert Hamilton said in an interview with The Guardian. “The Nexus 10 is a world-class device that we think will be really successful, so we want more people to take advantage of the tools that Android provides for developers to think about what their tablet experience is.” Hamilton said that some developers are already putting in the effort to make their apps look and run great on tablets, which is definitely an encouraging thing to hear.
According to him, the launch of the Nexus 7 was what made some developers really sit down and think about how they can improve user experience on tablets. Given the Nexus 7’s immense popularity, we have no problem believing his claims. If the Nexus 10 turns out to be as bit as Google hopes, then it stands to reason that even more developers will begin to think about they make their apps better on tablets.
Of course, at the end of the day it’s all about making money, and at the moment, there are many more Android smartphone owners than there are Android tablet owners. With the Nexus 7, we saw Android tablet mania hit in a big way, so if Google can repeat that success with the Nexus 10, it should do a lot convince developers that a significant number of consumers are using Android tablets. We shall see if the Nexus 10 can top the Nexus 7 in terms of popularity soon enough, as the tablet is scheduled to launch on November 13 – are you picking one up?