“I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet,”
[Rubin] said. He also added that “if someone makes an [Ice Cream
Sandwich] app it’s going to run on phones and it’s going to
run on tablets.” Now, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t think
there shouldn’t be apps optimized for larger screens, it just
means that ICS will continue to work like Honeycomb, with a single
app scaling differently to different screen sizes. (He referenced
staying away from the Apple iPad / iPhone division in the App
Store.) That makes sense to us, but Rubin didn’t seem to be too
concerned with those large screened apps: “the Twitter phone app
works fine on a tablet.” Indeed it does, but the experience is
nowhere near as good as the one tweaked to take advantage of the
iPad’s larger screen.
In other words, Google’s grand-unification strategy for Android 4 is basically to treat tablets as big phones. Given how big Android phones are getting, maybe that’s the right strategy.