Google Play gets a facelift

Google Play gets a facelift

The Google Google Now. Bright colors, cleaner display and easier browsing are some of the new things you'll see on your next visit.

The new-look Google Play Store with bright, colorful navigation cards. / © NextPit

The main menu buttons are now located on the left hand side, on bright color-coded pop-up cards. Apps, Movies, Music,Books, Devices and Shop give you access to Google's immense library of goodies and usher in the Google Now era. If you're not already using Google Now on your smartphone, you can get a feel for it in the Play Store.

There's also cute animations and the main page welcomes you with the message: "Google Play has a new design that lets you easily browse and discover new favorites. Have fun!" It feels a lot more open than the previous Play Store design and the new navigation cards are very simple to use.

The Google Now-inspired design is cleaner and looks more like the smartphone version. / © Android PIT

The new design is reminiscent of the Play Store app you'd be familiar with already on your smartphone or tablet. There's more reviews available on the app pages and you can either buy/install apps or 'Add to Wishlist.'' It's clear from the new design that smartphones are having an influence on web design.

Opinions are, as always, divided about the new look. Comments in the AndroidPIT forum range from "I think it's good because now the download numbers look better and the reviews are clearer" (Maurice S.) to "Totally confusing!" (Alexander 1216).

What do you think of the new design of the web-based Google Play Store?

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  • Hi HPferoxCraft, as the day wears on I've found a few more issue too. I think Google dropped too many useful things with the redesign and no one seems very happy about it. Seems the new look isn't that functional, so I expect Google will do a double-take soon enough and we'll see some of those features returning. Looks nice though!

  • I don't mind the update at all but a couple of things are really bugging me.
    First is that all the apps I've ever used are marked as 'installed' even though I've uninstalled them, this should be seperated like before into installed and library.
    Second and the biggest complaint I have is the user reviews. I don't see any option of sorting this, I don't even know what the default setting is but I want it in order of the most recent. It should at least have a link out to all reviews. Kinda helpful when updating an app.
    If I'm missing a setting here please let me know.
    Also if you zoom in, the new app menu box in the left upper corner floats into the screen obstructing the view.
    Other than theses and probably a handful of other bugs it's great.