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How To Get Tablet Apps for your Android Tablet

If you own or use an Android Tablet and have installed 3rd party apps on it, you must know by now that there are not many apps or applications that were specially made for tablets available. What you get are phone applications that just stretch to fill the screen as opposed to an application that supports tablet mode which takes advantage of the extra screen estate. So, after a frustrating and somewhat thrilling journey to find apps for my Galaxy Note 10.1, I came across alternative means of getting beloved apps that support tablet mode for full screen app pleasure and usability.

Here they are:

Tablified Market HD

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Tablified Market HD has turned out to be my one-stop destination for finding tablet apps to install. The application is designed to specifically list Android apps that utilize the large screen of your tablet. Note that not all your favourite applications have tablet versions however and amongst them are the official Facebook and Twitter apps which just stretch to fit the screen.

Tablified Market HD categorizes the app sections so that you can find apps faster and easier much like the Google Play Store. This is surely a recommended app if you own an Android Tablet.

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Manual Searching

The other method that I use to get Tablet compatible apps for my device is the old-fashioned way of searching. You can go a step closer and add ‘tablet’ to your search query when searching for certain applications in Play Store.

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The screenshot above is of a search query on the Google Play Store of Tablet apps. You can see that it brings results of applications that have ‘tablet’ in their name so you know that these apps were specially designed for Android Tablets.

Conclusion 
These are the two ways that I get applications that make good use of the screen estate that my tablet provides. If you also have an Android tablet how do you go about getting applications for it? Do share your thoughts and comments in the comment section below.

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10 comments for “How To Get Tablet Apps for your Android Tablet

  1. January 16, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    “What you get are phone applications that just stretch to fill the screen as opposed to an application that supports tablet mode which takes advantage of the extra screen estate”

    Colour me dumb but aren’t they the same thing; It stretches and fills up the screen and a tablet optimized mode that uses the entire real estate.

    Save for a situation where letterings or graphics are adversely affected by the ‘stretching’ then it isn’t a problem. Right?

    I use a 7′ tab so I guess I’m not equipped to understand the effect of ‘stretching’

  2. January 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I have never really understood this point about looking for “applications specifically designed for tablets”

    Mr Moore did a similar article once.

    a properly designed app should not be hard_coded. you use an API to query the OS and obtain the screen parameters.

    your screen elements should always obey “relative positioning” and should be able to resize based on the “aspect ratio” of your device screen.

    unless most Android app Authors ate not skilled (I doubt that!), or they ate lazy, (doubtful too), I think it is inconsequential whether your app runs on a tablet, or a smartphone.

    the difference is just in the dimensions abd asoect ratioand a good app should be able to determine that and adapt during” runtime”!

  3. January 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

    for people having problems with certain apps behaving properly on Tablets, or in specific orientations, http://is.gd/uvzbsS comes in truly handy..

  4. Harry Echemco
    January 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I have never really understood this point about looking for “applications specifically designed for tablets”

    I have no doubt that apps designed specifically for phones will be very functional on tablets, but if you want it to look best and probably functionally better, you have to design specifically for tablets.

    Think of webpages designed for desktop PCs and how they look and work on mobiles. You still get the job done, but think of how much you have to scroll to do things on a mobile. Also try accessing webpages designed for phones on your PC using say Opera Browser for desktops and see the wasted space. You still get info you need, but it will definitely look better on the specific target screens.

  5. January 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    i insist there is no need to build apps separately for tablets.

    to understand my perspective, remember that a tablet is just a bigger smartphone.

    that is all.

    an app designer that follows best practices would poll the OS for hardware details (including screen dimensions, resolution,etc) before deciding where to place screen elements and the Sixers of those elements..

    there is no universal standard regarding aspect ratio even on smartphones, so writing apps specifically for Tablets is an exercise in futility, and an avoidable waste of resources

  6. Harry Echemco
    January 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    It is not strictly writing apps specifically for tablets, but designing the interface to better suit tablets’ screen sizes and dimensions. I gave you an instance with webpages. Though you may get basically the same information from that designed for desktops and mobile phones, each design is better appreciated on the target screens.

    What you conveniently wrapped up in “best practices” is actually coming down to design for each of these classes of devices, even though a developer may still package them in one apk file as a single application. When you put into consideration, the placement of the UI elements in each screen category, what again do you term designing or writing application separately for tablets?

  7. January 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I totally agree with EyeBeeKay

  8. Efe
    January 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    @Eyebeekay, the author made a mistake by narrowing down the difference between phone and tabs apps to stretching. It is more than that. The extra screen real estate should give rise to added functionality that would not be possible or make sense on a phone’s small screen. Mr Mo adequately explained this in his article. For instance, the pulse app for phones offers news tiles. When you tap on one, the tiles disappear and the article occupies the entire screen. But on a tab, when you tap a tile, half to 3/4 of the screen is covered by the article while the left over space displays other tiles that you can scroll. So you dont have to keep hitting the back button on the tab like you would on a phone to go back to the tile page. Another example is Gmail. On phones, if you hit a menu, say “inbox”, all the messages in your inbox occupy the entire screen but on a tab, the bar that has inbox, priority, outbox and so on will stay on one part of the screen permanently while the other part changes depending on what you click

  9. January 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

    @Efe, thank you.

    Now, I get it!

  10. bosun99uk
    January 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    iPad keeps getting apps specifically designed for Tabs and Android Tabs don’t even have Facebook and Twitter apps specifically designed for them, that’s just too bad. And that why the come guy out there will still want an iPad.

    Who ever has used an app specifically made for Tabs will instantly appreciate the difference.

    In the case of web apps/websites built on HTML5 and the latest tools, the apps automatically scales best for the screen

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