• Saturday, December 02, 2023

Google delivers Play Store redesign to all devices

Google has now officially pushed the Play Store redesign to all Android devices. The new design was first released a couple of days ago to select devices, but now it is available to all.

The new Play Store design is based on the revamped Material Design that was showcased during Google I/O last year. Over the months, Google has slowly but surely been implementing it across all its properties and it’s finally the Play Store’s turn to get the makeover.

The main thing that’s changed is the positioning of the navigation tabs. These were first designed back when phones used to be smaller, and their position at the top was hard to reach. The new Material Design suggests placing important navigation tabs at the bottom. The main app categories are now at the bottom due to reachability. On tablets, the categories appear on the left in landscape mode.

The sub categories are still at the top people don’t use these very much, so it’s not a big issue. Also, you can no longer scroll sideways to move through them.

Other than this, the app is now mostly white, with the categories only adding slight color accents. Due to so much white, the app might seem a bit too bright. However, it will look much better when flipped to black using the dark mode in Android Q.

The update is now out for everyone so if you have an Android device launch the Play Store to try it out for yourself.