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Back in October, you may remember that we reported Tapatalk HD for tablets was a thing, that said thing was in beta, and you could download it. Of course, like any off-Play Store beta, getting updates meant downloading a new version whenever one became available, putting it on your device, and all other sorts of messiness no one really likes to deal with. As of today, though, Tapatalk HD for Tablets Beta is on the Play Store, free of charge.

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We know Tapatalk charges for its Android phone client (which, frankly, isn't very good), so don't expect this free beta version to be on the Play Store into perpetuity. In fact, in the Play Store description, Tapatalk says you can expect the app to exit beta around the end of January 2013, at which point you'll be offered to purchase the full 1.0 release at a "huge discount."

Hit up the Play Store to check it out.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • DoctorRabbitfoot

    I truly hope this is better than their phone app. Such promise but a bad bad app with a horrible interface.

    • JirafaBo

      Just curious, what's so bad about the phone app? I've noticed a few glitches, ie "open to oldest unread" doesn't work, but other than that, it works for me.

      • DoctorRabbitfoot

        Open to oldest unread is a big one. I consider that more than a little glitch, its a major annoyance and makes the application almost painful to use.

        The "favorites" section of the app is one I can't stand ->for one adding favorites it not intuitive and I hate how the interface for this is. In fact, my biggest complaints have more to do with the interface and "flow" of the app. I don't find it easy to use nor do I consider it "Android" styled.

        Overall, the app has tons of potential. Something like it is needed on mobile platforms to keep Forums alive and flourishing. I hope that Tapatalk improves.

        • JirafaBo

          Yeah. You're right. Jump to unread is kind of a big deal.

  • woj_tek

    riiight... so, we had nice and neat usenet, the there were bunch of forums/bulleting boards with bells & witless just to finally make an client app for them that sreamlines the experience and make it more sane and as a bonus - gets updates without goddamin having to check it all the time...#rant

  • silaslenz
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      There was a typo in the widget code that prevented it from showing up. It's fixed now.

      • silaslenz

        Ok, thanks :)

  • http://twitter.com/Bluewall Bluewall

    What about using holo for the smartphone app too ? :p

  • enoch861

    I seriously wish the Note 2 had support for tablet apps... Sometimes I feel the screen is being wasted...

    • Michael

      Install the Paranoid Android ROM and you can set the apps you want to view in tablet mode and which ones in phone mode.

      • http://twitter.com/duk3r Τάσος Μ. Χιδερίδης

        The only problem with that is that you miss MultiWindow/S Pen features... Shame that you can't have the best of both worlds.

  • Alvin Brinson

    It's a good update, but I'm a bit disappointed that it's a fork and not an update to the old client. I am not happy about that because we'll have to pony up cash again to get an upgrade from the 2009 UI.