Compared to iPad, Tablet Apps Are Still Android’s Weak Point


Ever since the first Motorola Xoom rolled off the production lines two and a half years ago, Google’s struggled to convince developers that their Android apps need to look beautiful on larger tablet displays.

With the upcoming launch of Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet, I was hoping the situation would have greatly improved by now. The original Nexus 7 sold fairly well, and Android tablets in general now account for more than half of all tablets shipped, if you count devices like Amazon’s Kindle Fire. You’d think there would be a market for tablet-optimized Android apps, especially for the most popular apps.

But after doing some comparisons between the Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store for Android, it’s clear that Android is still behind the iPad–though not as far as it used to be. Just as I did with Windows 8 a few weeks ago, I’ve…

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