Google Pushes for Tablet-Optimized Apps, Web Standards Documentation, and Adwords Credit Lines

1. “Google isn’t taking the step of asking developers to make separate phone and tablet versions of their apps, as Apple has done, but this effort is still notable and long overdue. While Apple proudly touts that more than 250,000 apps have been built specifically for the iPad, Google has declined to say just how many tablet-specific apps exist for Android and has instead boasted about its ecosystem of apps built to run on both phones and tablets. But the result of that has mostly been a lot of Android phone apps awkwardly stretched to fit larger tablet screens. Big-name apps such as Twitter, Facebook and Rdio all exhibit these problems.”

There’s a difference between having tablet-optimized applications in your marketplace and begging your developers to consider releasing tablet versions of those apps.

2. The launch of the Web Platform Docs project at WebPlatform.org aims to create “a new, authoritative open web standards documentation site.”

It comes with the prominent backing of major tech companies, including MicrosoftGoogle, Apple, Adobe, Facebook, HP, Nokia, Mozilla, Opera and the W3C.

3. Are a business that wants to spend money on Google AdWords, but can’t afford to? If so, Google has a deal for you. They’ll let you take out a line of credit, between $200 and $10,000, to spend on advertising. It even comes with the low-rate of 8.99 percent interest.

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