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Let’s Take a Closer Look at Version 4.0 of the Play Store

April 9, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Today was the day that Google finally unleashed their Version 4.0 update of the Google Play Store on Android devices. While an update to the Play Store isn’t exactly ground-breaking, it’s nice to Google bring a new, fresh design to the table, Google want to make content stand out more and they’ve done just that. We knew it was coming, the folks over at Android Police had leaks before it was announced and now that it’s finally here, we’ve been able to spend some quality time with it ourselves. Thanks to Droid-Life we’ve got a copy of the apk which you can download from our Dropbox and Drive links.

So, what’s new? Well, a lot has changed since the last version of the Play Store, you’re obviously going to be able to use it just the same but, when you first open it up, you should notice a big difference right away. Google don’t appear to have the main page figured out quite yet, as it’s doing screwy things on my Nexus 7 but, everything else works fine. Let’s take a look at apps:

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Apps Home will throw up a few recommendations to you, but the real change is when you head over to Top Free apps, for example:

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Thanks to the white cards, the new font and those massive icons, content really stands out. It might NOT be necessarily beautiful or anything but, take the Facebook app for instance – how can you miss that that’s a Facebook app? Developers should take note and pay more attention to icon design. When you head into an app description, it’s much the same:

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I’m not sure if I like the return of the green but, this is just for apps, as you’ll see in a moment when we move on to Magazines – a great new favorite of mine:

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So, the recommend for me choices are pretty on the money, things fall apart though when I see just what the “17 More” are:

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I’m not sure Google knows me well enough to recommend me Vogue or Glamour but, for the most part things are fine. The Google Now theme carries on into Books as well:

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Recommendations here, are a little more on the money where I am concerned:

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The new aesthetic plays throughout all sections of the Play Store, and if anything, the whole update feels and looks a lot better. Nothing has changed too much but, it’s a breath of fresh air that brings Google’s design themes one-step closer together. The card design introduced in Google Now seems to be here to stay and I can’t say that’s a bad thing. What do you think about the new update? Could they have done more? Is it worse than version 3? Let us know down below.