Material Design and New UI Update Coming for the Google Play Store

July 13, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

Google I/O heralded the end of the month of June, as well as Android One and the Android expansion onto your car’s dashboard and your wrist, but also the introduction of Google’s latest design guidelines known as ‘Quantum Paper’ or Material Design.  Those guidelines are the future of Android aesthetics, and we have seen what they look like so far, with the updated Google+ application and the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides applications that are extensions of Google Drive.  Where will we see some Material next?  Well, according to information received by Android Police, Google’s Play Store will be getting the Material Design, or something similar, in an upcoming update.

Android Police received information that Google will be redesigning the interface and aesthetics of the Play Store for Android devices.  And apparently, the makeover is very far along, and the content listings, the items themselves, are the focus.

A gallery at the end of the article will showcase the new design and the old design side by side to see exactly what the changes might bring.  And note, that is a might, since the overhaul is still under way, under the wraps (partly) and could change entirely to a new interface, so they are similar to a prototype car, looking similar to the end product, but not identical.

The new layout and design of the Play Store is one that aims to put the content itself first, the video or trailer for the item, as well as the app icon or movie/album/magazine cover being larger, to show what it is you’re looking into or buying.  The content, the text describing the item, is lower and not in view at all upon first entering the listing, it seems.  The whole store listing page seems to have a change, to one that uses artistic layout on a largely white canvas with the new font of Google (the improved Roboto font highlighted during Google I/O).  The content looks to be given the most attention, as it should be in an evolving design world that aims to make the user feel like they are looking into a diorama for any app, movie, magazine, album or song.

The old and new Phone interface:

The old and new Tablet interface: