New Google Play’s design drew inspiration from the Apple App Store
Android has received a visual update on Google Play
Google has released an update for its digital Play store on smartphones and tablets, which completely changes the design of the application. Google Play Store is actively used by over 2 billion monthly users, so, by design the search giant, the visual update of Google Play not only gave him a more pleasing appearance, but also made more convenient to navigate, to make it easier to find the desired application.
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Following the material design language of the company, the focus is on “creating a cleaner, premium digital store, which improves the retrieval of applications and accessibility for our diverse set of users,” explains lead designer of Google Play Boris Valusek.
The new design of Google Play
The first thing that catches your eye – a new navigation bar at the bottom (on tablets and Chrome OS devices it left). The new navigation bar contains tabs for games, apps, movies, TV and books. When opening the app displays additional information at the top of the page for each application.
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Updated user interface inspired by the Apple App Store, where it is categorised and gaming applications given the popularity of the genre. The resulting list page for the app now contains more information and the buttons become wider. All icons now are summed up to a single standard – in the new spec icons were square with rounded edges, much like Apple has on iOS.
The new design of Google Play
Google has removed the tab “Music”, but music still can be found in the sandwich menu in the search bar at the top of the screen. Looks like it is preparing for what Google plans to integrate Google Play Music with YouTube Music. Overall, the new design focuses more on the games and simplifies their study, therefore apps and games now have their own tabs.
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“The updated store displays more information about the apps at the top of each page, as well as more prominent green “Install” button or “Buy”. This facilitates users to view important details and will make it easier to make a decision, said Boris Valusek.
More quality information about games and ease of access can help Google to take advantage of the growth in revenues from games on mobile platforms. According to the July report from Sensor Tower, spending on mobile games in the first half of 2019 reached 29.6 billion dollars, and although iOS was 17.6 billion dollars, spending on games in Google Play grew faster, an increase of 17.6% compared to the same period last year. App Store over the same period increased by only 7.8%.
Earlier, Google was preparing the most dramatic changes for the first time in 20 years. At the same old smartphones blocked access to Google Play.
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