Tablets, Phablets and Whether To Design for Larger Screens

IDC has some new research that shows that the tablet market has continued to contract due to competition from alternative devices…

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What does this mean for developers? At first sight it might mean that it’s less viable to create tablet-specific apps or tablet-specific screens layouts. However, the IDC research suggests that “Cellular-enabled tablets are outgrowing the rest of the market”. Statistics from Flurry show that these devices, better known as phablets, tripled their share of active users over the last few months…

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However, if you compare iOS and Android then the latter has by far the larger proportion of phablet users…

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The large proportion (36%) of phablet users on Android suggests that particularly Android developers should still be considering how to make the most of larger screen sizes.