For years, Android hasn’t been the best platform for tablet users, but Google is promising to change that. With more than 20 Google Apps optimized for tablets, the company seems to be making good on that promise. Now, the Google Play Store is optimizing its outdated tablet.
We’ve known about Google’s promise to improve the Android tablet experience since the company announced Android 12L last year. Now we know that the company is developing a Pixel tablet and will launch it next year. This tells us that Google is really serious about fixing the tablet experience on Android.
Play Store tablet optimization is finally coming
Google has been working on optimizing its apps for tablets, and we’ve already seen the fruits of its labor. Now the company is turning its eyes to the Play Store. According to 9To5Google, the latest version of the Google Play Store (version 32.5.16-21) brings some notable changes to the app’s interface.
The interface changes are minor. The buttons are still on the left side of the screen, and the tabs and search bar are at the top. The Google Play icon in the upper left no longer has the text “Google Play” and the selection buttons are surrounded by a small oval instead of a long pill. The playlists, notifications and profile button are at the top right of the screen.
The main change is the use of space. The buttons are located at the bottom of the screen and are slightly larger to take up more space. Also, the app icons are noticeably larger. Other than that, there are no major changes.
It’s not a huge fix, but it makes the interface more appealing to tablet users. When the Pixel Tablet launches next year, it will use these optimized Google apps right out of the box. Until then, Android users can see how the interface searches for that device.