A new report published by Canalys late yesterday highlights one of the deficiencies of the Android ecosystem: limited availability of high-quality, tablet-optimized apps in the Google Play store. Of the top 50 paid and free iPad apps in Apple's US App Store, based on aggregated daily rankings in the first half of 2013, 30% were absent from Google Play.
The report notes that a further 18% were available, but not optimized for tablet users, offering no more than a smart phone app blown up to the size of a tablet screen. Just 52% of apps had Android versions both available through Google Play and optimized (if only a little) for tablet use.
Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Shepherd stated that "quite simply, building high-quality app experiences for Android tablets has not been among many developers' top priorities to date. That there are over 375,000 apps in the Apple App Store that are designed with iPad users in mind, versus just a fraction of this – in the low tens of thousands – available through Google Play, underscores this point."
That's quite the advantage that Apple's App Store has over Google's Google Play. That also goes a long way in explaining why the iPad's web traffic statistics are so high compared to those using Android in North America.