Google Play Store gets redesigned

After many months, Google has decided that a redesign was in order for the Play Store – the gateway to content on Android-powered devices.

The Google Play Store now features an interface that’s more colorful than ever before, and is based on ‘cards’ – the UI paradigm introduced in the Android world by Google Now, the new feature of Google’s Search app which made its debut with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Since then, we’ve seen the ‘cards’ metaphor creep into many other Google apps and products, and now it’s reached the Play Store itself.

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This is the third or fourth big redesign of the Play Store, so it’s pretty clear that Google likes to keep things fresh. In its announcement of the change, the search giant has emphasized content (such as music, books, and movies), undoubtedly to make people more aware that you can purchase these things through that particular avenue. It’s worth noting, though, that this big content push is mostly US-only, so for most Android device owners the concept of buying e-books, movies, TV shows, or music through the Play Store will continue to be a dream.

The new design is going to roll out in stages to every Android device that runs at least version 2.2 Froyo (so that should be almost all the ones still in use). The rollout will take a few weeks though, so don’t panic if you don’t get the new Google Play Store today.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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