Google has quietly revamped the Wear OS landing page on the Play Store. The redesigned layout highlights featured watch faces and apps, making them easily discoverable on the wearable platform. The company is using colored headers to distinguish different sections within the page.
If you have visited the Wear OS Play Store page frequently in recent times, you might remember it featured four main sections – Top free, Top grossing, Trending, and Top paid. Now with the latest redesign, they are all gone, making for a cleaner layout.
The new layout gives more prominence to popular apps under different categories. There are now three main core sections – Featured apps, Apps to get you started, and Featured watch faces (most popular styles). Moreover, Google has also added separate sections for must-have tools, games on Wear OS, music & radio apps, designer watch faces, finance apps, weather apps, and fitness apps, with colored headers distinguishing certain sections.
The latest redesign also extends to sectional landing pages. Google has applied a cleaner layout there as well. All in all, it’s a major redesign for the Wear OS landing page on the Play Store and a much-needed one. Though it doesn’t affect the usability much, the new layout looks cleaner and also helps users discover popular apps quickly.
Google redesigns the Wear OS Play Store page, could be preparing for Pixel Watch
After years of false hopes, Google is expected to finally launch a Pixel-branded smartwatch this year. The new timepiece has been frequently appearing in leaks in recent times, hinting at an approaching launch. This clean-up of the Wear OS Play Store landing page by Google further suggests that it is preparing for something big.
The latest change happened without any official announcement or anything of that sort. As the folks over at 9to5Google found after some digging on the Wayback Machine, the older layout was live until at least April 14. So Google seems to have made the change over the past couple of days. This change is live on both mobile app and web versions of the Google Play Store.
Unfortunately, though, the URL still reads ‘ANDROID WEAR’. You might remember Google earlier used to refer to its wearable platform by this name. However, it changed the name to Wear OS in March 2018. You would expect the company to change the URL for the Play Store landing page as well by now, but it hasn’t yet. Nonetheless, you can go check out the new layout here.