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Google Play Store unveils new darker colors, questionnaires in reviews and tests a few more changes

The Google Play Store has undergone extensive rebuilding in recent months. We've seen it (slooooowly) make a whiter color on many pages and discovered a new user interface for reviews, but several screens remained untouched. It's changing now, because new darker accent colors roll out for each section, slides appear when you leave a review and some other modifications are being tested. Darker Coloring Accents Each section of the Play Store now has a darker color accent than it used to. Apps and games have a more forest green, movies and TV get a more purple pink, books a dark blue and music is moved away from the spotted orange. The color centers have also been applied to most of the elements across the interface, but there are still some remaining of the old colors. Another update will fix it. There is nothing functionally different here, but I'm just saying I'm glad they did not choose gradients. New color accents (above) compared to old ones (below). Question Cards When You Leave Reviews When we covered the new review interface, the interface for leaving reviews was still the same. Now there are three new "Tell Us More" cards under the text box and ask three questions about the item you are reviewing. They are optional so you can choose to answer them or not. I have only encountered yes / no / not sure questions so far, but there may be others with different choices. These cards remind me a little…

The Google Play Store has undergone extensive rebuilding in recent months. We’ve seen it (slooooowly) make a whiter color on many pages and discovered a new user interface for reviews, but several screens remained untouched. It’s changing now, because new darker accent colors roll out for each section, slides appear when you leave a review and some other modifications are being tested.

Darker Coloring Accents

Each section of the Play Store now has a darker color accent than it used to. Apps and games have a more forest green, movies and TV get a more purple pink, books a dark blue and music is moved away from the spotted orange. The color centers have also been applied to most of the elements across the interface, but there are still some remaining of the old colors. Another update will fix it.

There is nothing functionally different here, but I’m just saying I’m glad they did not choose gradients.

New color accents (above) compared to old ones (below).

Question Cards When You Leave Reviews

When we covered the new review interface, the interface for leaving reviews was still the same. Now there are three new “Tell Us More” cards under the text box and ask three questions about the item you are reviewing. They are optional so you can choose to answer them or not. I have only encountered yes / no / not sure questions so far, but there may be others with different choices.

These cards remind me a little about Google Maps questions. It seems that Google uses them to learn more about the content / game, perhaps to improve their recommendations or courier algorithms. Or maybe the answers will be implemented later, so users can quickly see if an issue they have if an app / game / media object has been answered before downloading it to check it out.

New App Info Layout

While both of the above changes seem to roll out to most (all?) Users, some others are still in testing. The first is a change in the appinfo layout, that is, the details you see when you roll down the app / game description. The new look makes the details bigger, deeper and thus easier to analyze. Developer information (email address and address) is gone, but they are still available from the main list under Developer Contact .

Left : Before, Appinfo. Right : After.

Event / Sales Card

Another change being tested is larger event cards for in-app / in-game events or sales. Right now you can see a small green banner on top of a game listing and inform you about ongoing events. But Google is testing a new layout with larger scrollable cards, where you can see several events or sales happening now. You must open the game’s listing in the Play Store to view these, so they may be of less value to those who have already installed it, but they are good for newcomers.

Left : Before, events shown as a small banner. Right : Following events shown as large scrollable cards.

New download animation?

Then there are these odd tips we received that show a potentially new download / animation style. We have not seen this anywhere else, so we take it with salt grains, but if you look at the screenshot below, you can see the download process in a circle around Clash Royale icon on the upper left. I definitely prefer the progress bar, but if the circle animation pops up as you roll down the page and lose sight of the field, it would be nice.

Protect My Updates

And finally, if you’re wondering, we’re aware that there’s a new “Protect My Updates” switch in Play Store settings. So far, it does not seem to bother anything we have tried. Updates you get from APK Mirror continue to install normally with the enabled, so we’ll keep an eye on this, but we’re not sure yet what it’s doing.

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