Okay so before you read further, don’t take this as just another regular rumour but as a speculating whisper by somebody on the Internet, with two pinches of salt. It would seem that Google may have some UI changes on the way for the Play Store, as some different looking screens and visual tweaks can be seen on Google’s latest Pixel video ad, which aims to give viewers a few tips and tricks on getting started with the brand new Pixel phone.
Right as the video starts it is obvious that this is meant for first-time android users (let’s say it, for those who might be switching from an iPhone, Google’s main target audience), but things get a bit interesting at the 1:40 mark when the demonstrator opens the Playstore app. I’ve added the video with the time link below so take a look.
Right off the bat, the first thing that should be noticeable is the different color of green – which I would say I love, never been a fan of the original Playstore green- that’s being used on the main home screen page once the Play Store is first opened.
In the new look, the bar with the Apps & Games and Entertainment tabs is a darker green that looks like it matches that of the green used in Hangouts, and it appears that this new green is the color that’s to be used throughout the entire Play Store, and Google seems to have done away with the carousel style images for the area with the search bar (which I kind of liked, but not having it is not that big a deal either).
Note that compared to now where the install button is sort of compact and off the right side, the new “Install” button now spans nearly the entire width of the screen, and category information and the “similar” button are gone to focus on the review score and number of downloads. The look of the star rating and download number icons are also changed to a simple black text and icon color, instead of the more visual and colorful icons that are being used now.
Beyond those changes it isn’t immediately clear what else Google may be looking to tweak as they only show the Play Store in their promo video for a brief few seconds. There is also no indication of when Google plans to push these changes to the majority of users assuming it plans to do so in the first place.
If you remember, there was another rumour recently that Google was testing out multiple UI changes to the Playstore app on android. But this seems quite different, as in the “Entertainment” section was, according to the previous rumour, going to be renamed to “Movies, Music and Books.”
That definitely doesn’t seem to be the case here. It could be that somebody at Google decided to include his own version of the Playstore UI in the video, or it could be a version Google ditched? Hopefully not.
I like the new look, barring the removal of the ‘carousel’.
How about you? Would you like to see this new UI on your phone sometime soon? Do you even care? Let me know in the comments.