The New Google Play


As shown off at Google I/O 2014, the new version of Google Play is beautiful, heavy on the Material Design, and starting to push out now to regular folk like you and me.

While much of the interface is unchanged, when you dive into an application's page (or a book, or movie, or music) you'll see the big changes. New animations, new badges, an awesome header of the associated video (if one is included) are just the beginning, and the whole design of the new content pages looks to have been built from scratch with the new design language.

There are some changes to get used to, as well. Content descriptions now are displayed full screen, and this is where you'll need to look to see any change logs. This is also where you'll find information like version number, the last update time, or the number of downloads.

It looks very nice and has us pumped to see the next version where more of the design has been updated.

Via: +Kirill Grouchnikov


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Material Design-inspired Google Play app update now rolling out


Well, L isn't slated for release until end of year, traditionally when the next Nexus phone goes on sale... I think last year's Halloween treat was one of the earlier Nexus launches for any given year...

Though anything would've been an improvement over the shortages and the debacle that was the N4. Who knows what'll happen this year with Android Silver and all that.

Having a Nexus 5, I'm looking forward to the next Android version more than I have in the past, and not just cause OEMs are slow mind you.

Thank you good sir. At least you won't hear the "I didn't get the update" whining. But.... you still will.

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you can go into setting and tap the build version badge to see if it'll update, or you can go to androidpolice and download their apk, which i usually do.

I just wonder what great features they've removed this time... every time they improve eye candy something useful disappears.

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Tap the link at the bottom of this post to go to the AC app.

Tap the READ MORE in green in the center of the screen.

Witness new animations at work.

I'm not a fan to be honest. It looks decent but that's about it. So far I don't like the look of L though.

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The design isn't that good to be quite honest. Too much blank space. I'm not confident in Material Design if this update is the preview of what will cover the entire interface.

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Just downloaded it half an hour ago, looks great but they need to redesign the home screen of the play store. It doesn't suit the aesthetic of the rest of the app

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Yeah it is really jarring going into an app page.. They should have either waited until L is released or went with the full change now.

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Just downloaded apk from android police. Loving the new look of android L. Simple and too the point with a lil flare.

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I am underwhelmed. I don't see the big deal about material design, truthfully.

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Same here I dont really like it that much and the notification bar sucks

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

I don't get it. I realize they're supposed to change the way things look every few generations so that people can tell a difference between the new and the old and feel like they've gotten their money's worth, but as savvy consumers, we should be able to see through all that. So what's the big deal?

Half done, Google so what do you expect, it's like half old design half material design, would have been better to have it fully complete before releasing it. Also what is the point of the built in update method if it still reliant on stage roll out. Makes it redundant and where is the option to view only paid apps. It's like Google doesn't want us to know how much we have spent or how many apps we have brought

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Looks good but I am most happy that the slide menu didn't disappear like it did in the Google+ app did. Thank God!

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The Google+ app is not good IMO. It was so nice to just slide over. Now my thumb has to reach way up to show those super tiny font categories .

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Wow this update to the play store is awesome really liking the material design roll out so far bring on Android L.

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Holy mother... Updated it and it looks so freakin nice. Wow. Very eye pleasing gorgeous

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Meh, I rather like it, I know parts of it look like wasted space to some but the old Play store DID look rather cluttered at times. It's not like browsing for apps is this super info rich endeavor where maximizing on screen content will boost your productivity, it's a store. You're either leisurely browsing or checking what has been updated (which IS nicer to read now IMO).

Whether this will translate to more info rich environments like a browser or email client is another story.

For no reason just sideload the app from Android police
Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

The only thing that I don't like (unless I'm completely missing it) us that I don't see how big the individual apps are anymore. That's not really an issue for me now, but on my previous phone I needed to know that before I went installing everything I wanted.

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What's clear is that the new Material Design tools will allow developers to create possibly the most confusing and un-natural interfaces that mobile apps have ever seen. Some of the transitions just don't feel right or seem particularly material. On the plus side, the apps that are done right will be awesome.

Really liking animations very nice Android is growing up finally !!

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Another half-assed release from good ol' Google but thanks anyway. I'd rather it had stayed the same with additional functionality instead like being able to do batch uninstalls again, some type of filter or labels for apps by device in the ALL tab, PAID APPS tab before the ALL tab, filter reviews by star rating, limited trial apps should have a link to the paid version of the app always, etc.

+1 to you and deeb215. It's like the new Maps version that stripped useful features for visual fluff. Worse, overall Material design and Android L feel more and more like Window Metro (Windows 8); visual changes for the sake of change at the consequence of real functionality.

I installed manually on my phone and it works great. I like the new UI on apps details.

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It uses the feature graphic from the store listing assets if you don't have a video. Something that never seemed to get some love with my app.

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Thanks, the apk worked perfectly .
I like the new design, although the home screen doesn't have much difference.

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