For most of 2018, the Google Play Store on Android has tested rebuilt navigation. Organizationally, it is easier and cut…
For most of 2018, the Google Play Store on Android has tested rebuilt navigation. Organizationally, it is easier and cut down on duplicates, but is somewhat of a deviation. Starting tonight, Google Play redesign will roll out on Android.
We saw the first time and enabled the new look in April with version 9.7 in Google Play. Since then, the design has matured, but the underlying principles still exist. The navigation box is now dedicated to apps and games, with shortcuts to open other media stores removed.
While users can still quickly open the dedicated Play Movies & TV, Books, and Music Apps from the hub, they can no longer jump quickly to browse or purchase the media. In fact, these new shortcuts have been moved to under Account, Payment methods, Game protection and Settings.
The only way to access content stores is to return to the home screen and flip to the respective tab just below the search field
Meanwhile, the app field in “My Apps and Games” is now highly white-matching Google’s wider design language – with the previous green accent only present to note which tab you are currently viewing. The search is frustrating away from the top right corner, while there is now a back button in the top left, instead of a hamburger menu.
This is likely to simplify navigation by encouraging users to first return to the home screen to initiate a new action. Additionally, “Wishlist” is now grouped with “Notifications” and “Subscriptions” in the hub box.
This white app is also on the Account menu, which now uses tabs instead of a main list. The Settings tab is processing e-mail, followed by Rewards, Order History, and Family. The Play menu setup menu also gets the strong white processing and looks very like Google Material Theme.
12.6.13 is the current stable version of the app, but this Google Play redesign for Android rolls out via a server update that turns on more devices tonight. If you have not enabled it, try closing the Google Play store from the Refresh and reload or clear data in system settings.
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