The Play Store Now Allows for 7-inch and 10-inch Tablet Screenshots; Will Vary by Device

April 16, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

With the release of the new, redesigned Play Store, there seems to be some more changes coming to Google’s online store for apps, games, movies, books and more. For a long time now, apps that supported both smartphones and tablets – good on you, developers that do! – had to display a screenshot for each one of these layouts and screenshots from 10-inch tablets didn’t exactly help sell their apps very well. From now on though, developers will now have the ability to upload screenshots of their apps for phones, 7-inch and 10-inch tablet layouts.

From the Android Developers blog:

You’re now able to upload screenshots of your app running on 7″ and 10″ tablets to the Google Play Developer Console, and those screenshots are shown preferentially in Google Play to users on those devices.


Certainly, this is not the most exciting news that we could bring you but, when you think about it this is going to make those long sessions trawling the Play Store on your Nexus 7 a lot easier. Being able to see just what the app is going to look like before installing it on your device is a real boon as well, after all users of 10-inch tablets will note that installing an app to find only a phone UI present is not a lot of fun, at all.

Tablet apps have never been the easiest apps to discover in the Play Store, with no discernible way to tell the difference at a glance. With these changes to the Play Store, it should be easier to find Tablet apps and with this, perhaps developers will consider putting the effort in to make a decent tablet app now that the ability to show off the hard work.

With the Play Store showing a little more love to Android tablets, what are some of your favorite tablet apps? Let us know in the comments below?

[Source: Android Developers]