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Google is usually Testing a Redesign for Play Store App Listings « Android :: Gadget Hacks

Google updates the Play Store periodically, yet the alterations are usually subtle. A recent server-side update, however, is usually shaking things up quite a bit.

In past versions, app installation pages have had images or videos at the top of the page to give app developers a chance to set themselves apart. The completely new redesign, which appears to be rolling out to only a limited set of users for the time being, makes these pages a lot more uniform.

(1) Old interface. (2) completely new redesign.

Interestingly, app listings at that will point display information differently depending on whether or not you’ve installed the app. Before you install an application, videos, screenshots, app descriptions, as well as user reviews are at the top. yet after you’ve installed the app, the “What’s completely new” section comes first, followed by a card inviting you to rate the app as well as developer contact info.

(1) completely new design before installing an app. (2) completely new design after installing an app.

that will “reactive” design attempts to highlight the information you might need at a given time. Before installing an app, you’ll be able to read up on the idea as well as view screenshots. After installing the app, the idea’s at that will point easier to see changelogs, rate the app, or contact the developer if you have any issues.

Scrolling through an app listing before installing the app (left) as well as after (right). Image by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

Aside by the reordering, the biggest change is usually the action bar at the top of the screen. Instead of the visually-rich media headers of past Play Store revisions, the idea’s at that will point a plain white bar having a search button, back arrow, as well as overflow menu. The “Install” button is usually significantly bigger at that will point as well, perhaps in an attempt to draw your eye as well as get you to pull the trigger on installing the app.

In all, the idea’s a fairly radical redesign as far as these things go. There’s no word on when that will completely new design will hit the masses, yet the idea appears to be a server-side update, so the idea’s just a matter of waiting. The rest of the Play Store remains unchanged, yet you can see more of the app listing redesign inside screenshot gallery below.

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Cover image as well as screenshots by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

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