Google is updating its proprietary apps with a tablet-friendly UI and other optimizations for an improved user experience on large-screen devices. The company announced this commitment to Android tablets at its I/O conference in May. It has already updated several apps with necessary UI changes. The Play Store also got an overhaul on tablets a few weeks ago, with the navigation rail that Google previewed in May finally showing up for users. But it looks like there’s more to come. From 2023, Play Store application lists on tablets will be much richer in advance.
A recent post on the Android Developers Blog details the changes coming to the Play Store on large-screen devices such as tablets, foldables, and Chromebooks next year. Google says app screenshots, videos, and descriptions will be visible on the apps and games home page without having to open each app listing (see image above). Currently, the homepage only displays the app icon, name, rating, and price (if applicable). To view screenshots and other information about the application, you must open the list.
Google says this content-centric approach will allow developers to better represent their apps in the store. The company also sees the changes help users make installation decisions. For developers, Google has provided a set of content quality guidelines that they must follow for their applications to take advantage of the richer format. The new layout will start appearing early next year. The company says the changes will not impact an app’s profitability. Google only changes the display of the app in the Play Store.
The redesigned layout of the Play Store on tablets shown in the image above features a Kids tab on the navigation rail (Going through). The current layout doesn’t, with the four tabs Games, Apps, Books, and Deals. It seems that Play Store is also gaining a section dedicated to children.
Play Store app listings will also show Chromebook-specific screenshots
Play Store app listings currently only show screenshots for phones and tablets. Since they don’t correctly represent the Chromebook version of the app, Google will also allow developers to upload Chromebook-specific screenshots. Developers can upload up to eight screenshots which will appear on the app listing page as well as the Play Store homepage. The company also updated its screenshot quality guidelines for large screens, including tablets.
the latest from google Publish on the Android Developer Blog also has other tips for developers to optimize their app listings. The company recommends using device-specific screenshots that illustrate the basic app experience. Developers should also avoid displaying a physical device in screenshots and use high-quality images with the appropriate aspect ratio. The use of pixelated or compressed images should be avoided, as should screenshots containing too much text.