Update: As previously announced, Google confirmed today that its new Designed for Tablets UI is now rolling out.
Google announced today on its Android Developers Blog that it will be making some changes to how it highlights tablet apps on Google Play starting next month. While noting that it recently introduced a “Designed for tablets” section on Google Play for discovering apps made specifically for the larger screen, Google announced today that it will soon make that section the default view for tablet users browsing the store. It will also be labeling non-tablet apps as “Designed for phones” when browsing on a tablet:
First, “Designed for tablets” will now be the default view for users browsing Google Play top lists on their tablets (Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free, and Trending). Tablet users will still be able to switch the view so they can see all apps or games if they choose. Second, apps and games that do not meet the “Designed for tablets” criteria will be marked as “Designed for phones” for users who browse the Play Store on tablets.
You can check out Google’s full blog post here if you’re interested in making sure your app is listed in the Designed for tablets section.