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Is Google Play 4.0 A Look Into What the Next Versions of Android Hold in Terms of Design?

April 14, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

This past week, Google unveiled Google Play 4.0.25 and it’s pushing out to devices over the next few weeks. The Play Store got a major design overhaul and also got a few minor tweaks which make downloading and buying content even easier. Here’s what Google said on their blog about the new design:

“The new design focuses on bigger images that jump off the page. Similarly themed content is grouped together so you can hone in on a magazine to read or an app to try. As you move down the page, new recommendations continue to appear so there is always more to see and explore. We’ve also simplified purchasing so you can breeze through checkout and get to enjoying your movie rental or other content.”

So what could we see in the next major version of Android in terms of design? Or even the next versions of Android? Let’s explore that thought. Ever since Android 4.0, Google has been making their mobile operating system look very nice and pretty, while keeping it simple. Lately, we’ve seen Google making a push for their Cards UI which we saw debut with Google Now back last June. Google has put the Cards UI in a few of their apps, one of the other major ones is Google Keep, which is rather new.

We’ve talked already in the past couple of weeks about Google perhaps looking to make a push for a lighter interface with their Cards UI in Key Lime Pie which we should see announced at Google I/O which is about a month away. I could see Google updating all of their apps with their Cards UI, but what about the core Android OS? Like the App Drawer, and Settings. How will that be changed?

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As we and many others have said, their Cards concept is pretty nice looking. And many people seem to like it. We’ve covered Nowplaying which is a music player for Android using the Cards UI. There’s also a concept for Gmail 5 which uses the Cards UI and it looks amazing. Now imagine that through out the entire OS? Excited? It would make the operating system more simple, and perhaps easier to use for new Android users. As it is many people that are new to Android think that it’s to hard to use.

So what are your thoughts? How could Google integrate their Cards UI into more of the operating system? I’d love to see it show up in some of the stock apps, and get rid of that Honeycomb Tron coloring we see (like in Google Play Music, Phone, etc.) Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.