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Google is testing a refreshed user interface for the Play Store

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Yet again, the Play Store embraces visual changes and interface tweaks by Google. The tech behemoth is testing out a slight makeover for the Play Store which is already visible to a select group across the globe. The changes are small and cosmetic but noticeable enough. The inkling for these tweaks was there as new user interface was seen in one of Google’s Pixel Tips video.

As we start with the Home Screen, the headed bar and icons have a darker shade of green which is far better and comforting than previous the previous tone. The app carousel also gets redesigned as apps have been moved below the search bar. Further, they are being displayed in card-like design layout instead of a banner image. The category named Entertainment has also been renamed as Movies, Music, Books which gives a clearer message to Playstore users.

The most significant change is the new slender and larger Install button, first reported by Android Police(and 9to5 Google). When installing an app the new button will now stretch up to the width of your screen. The rating of the app and number of downloads are present just below the install button. Such a change gives vital information to the interested user at a glance. It enhances the readability and helps in quick decision making.

Apart from this, some users are now able to see install size of the app on the overflow menu — seen when you tap the three dots on the app card. It creates time utility for the user as there is no need of opening the main page of the app. You can also zoom in the available images/screenshots for the app. It will assist you to decide whether to download or not. Overall the tweaks amplify the user-friendliness and gives a fresh feel to the Play Store.

The changes in the Play Store are not available via an update but are server-side changes. Google is yet to roll out the new design for Play Store for all users.

Simran is The Tech Portal’s newest member, and has a keen interest in covering enterprise tech and app tech. She reports from our HQ @ Jaipur, India.

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