Paolo Amoroso's Journal


For years Google encouraged Android developers to pretty please support tablet screens.

Nothing happened. Then Google repeatedly reported Chromebook shipments and Android app usage on Chrome OS were skyrocketing. Again, crickets. Google didn't lead by example either.

The carrot didn't work, so Google is going with the stick. The Play Store will change search rankings and recommendations to prioritize apps with tablet and large screen support, and warn when installing apps that don't meet these quality standards.

About damn time.


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Is usable on mobile?

Let's find out. I'm writing this with the plain text editor in Chrome on a Pixel 4 XL Android phone.

I can use nearly all the editor's features except for attaching images, which I'm not sure is possible on mobile. The distraction-free environment is clean and makes a lot of text fit on the screen.

Markdown formatting

Here's some rich text I'm typing with Markdown syntax in italics and bold. Some Python code:

def square(x):
    return x * x

A bullet list:

  • one
  • two
  • three

A numbered list:

  1. one
  2. two
  3. three

Quoted text:

This is quoted text. I wish I had some witty thought to share for the occasion.

And finally some displayed MathJax: $$y = f(x)$$


The editor is quite usable for posting text content on mobile. The only limit is how fast I can type with the on-screen keyboard.

#blogging #Android

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