There is no doubt that the tablets getting more popularity than desktops, laptops and notebooks due to it’s optimal screen resolution, easiness of using, high portability and the price. As the popularity of the tablet is increasing day by day. More and more people looking in to optimize their apps, sites and tools for the tablet interface. With the advantage of several design tools reduce the skill and time needed for developing a tablet ready app. Do you think that your tablet App meets the tablet app quality. If not the short guide is for you to think one more time before going to publish your tablet app online. Publishing an app on Google Play now so easier but it’s important to make sure that the app meets the expectations of tablet users. You should ensure the quality of features and with an intuitive, well-designed user interface. Google Android developer team published a detail article on the tablet app quality checklist. This is a nice guide to learn the fundamental guidelines to learn the basic building quality requirements for a tablet app.
Before leaving the app to the internet the core app quality checklist for all of the devices and form factors that the app is targeting. If you cannot meet the quality checklist you can do a home work with the Core App quality guidelines from the Google. Most users develop app for smart phones and the same app is also distribute for the tablet devices also. It is not the right way, you should do some small adjustments to your layouts, fonts, and spacing in the app to view nice in the tablet screens. As the tablet devices comes in different sizes from 7 inch onwards, you should arrange the app to fit in the large canvas too. You can refer the guide on supporting multiple screens.
Unlike smartphones, on tablets the single pane layouts lead to some unpleasant whitespace and excessive line lengths. So for design apps for tablets, use padding to reduce the width of UI elements. You can also consider using multi-pane layouts. Another thing you consider is to take advantage of extra screen are which are available on the tablets. The tablet offers more space than smartphones, effectively use this extra space to fill with contents or arrange your existing contents in more expanded area. When considering layout the multi-pane layout offers better visual balance and provides more utility and legibility. You can experience it from the below image.
Another thing is that for a smart phone device, the user interface, menus are split up in to different groups for the easiness of navigation. In case of tablet you can merge and combine several views in to single attractive user interface as shown by the next image. Adjusting the icons, font sizes etc. are also important. Finally before going to deploy the tablet test it in an actual environment, if you are not able to obtain actual hardware devices, you should set up emulated devices (AVDs) to represent the most common form factor combinations. The Android Virtual Device (AVD) Manager is an easy to use user interface to manage your Android Virtual Device configurations. This is a device configuration for the Android emulator that allows you to model different configurations of Android-powered devices. The following screenshot showing an Android Virtual Device (AVD) Manager, from the main screen, you can create, delete, repair and start AVDs as well as see the details of each AVD. If you want to help with the Android emulator you can check ‘using the Android emulator’ guide.
You can also install Android on your PC or laptop to check it in a virtual environment. What is your opinion about this guide? Which method you are adopting the tablet app to ensure the necessary app quality?