Google Outlines Best Practices For Honeycomb, Tablets

Tomorrow, the first tablets running Android 3.0 are supposed to become available to consumers, and honestly, anyone who hasn’t familiarized themselves with the mobile operating system by now is behind the times.  But Google’s just posted a list of best practices that could help certain developers catch up and serve as a refresher for everyone else.

Here’s the answer to one huge question: a post on the Android Developers Blog stated, “While your existing apps should work well, developers also have the option to improve their apps’ look and feel on Android 3.0 by using Honeycomb features; for example, see The Android 3.0 Fragments API.”

Later, the post continued, “There have been reports of apps not showing up in Android Market on tablets. Usually, this is because your application manifest has something like this: <uses-feature android:name=”android.hardware.telephony” />”  Tablets and phones aren’t the same thing, after all.

Then one more tip we’ll relay simply involves accounting for the rotation of tablets.  Apparently some apps are breaking because developers expect people to start out in portrait mode rather than landscape mode.

Good luck impressing consumers tomorrow if you have any apps meant to compete for the initial rush of Honeycomb users.

By Doug Caverly

Doug is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest eBusiness news.

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