For better or worse, the latest Play Store redesign is now rolling out widely. No, we aren’t talking about the navigation and settings redesign introduced in April. But the revamped “My apps & games” section that unnecessarily complicates things.
This change initially appeared for some users last year itself before disappearing soon after. However, over the past couple of months, it started surfacing again. Now, according to a new Android Police report, the updated layout is rolling out widely.
Though we haven’t noticed this change in any of our devices yet, it has appeared for some AP staff. The publication has detailed how this “complicated” new “My apps & games” section on the Google Play Store works.
The latest Play Store redesign unnecessarily complicates things
First and foremost, the updated layout gets rid of the “My apps & games” menu that appears below the account switcher when you tap on your profile avatar in the top-right corner. It has been replaced with a new “Manage apps & device” menu. But the interface inside this menu is where things have changed drastically. The Updates, Installed, Library and Share tabs are all gone. Instead, you’ll only two tabs – Overview and Manage.
The Overview tab, which appears first, features some Play Protect stats, used storage, options to share apps, and your ratings and reviews. Moreover, it also hides the older Updates section with small menu entries for “Update all” and “See details”. If all of your apps are updated, a new “See recent updates” button appears that takes you to the Manage tab.
Here, you will see a detailed list of installed apps and games, with information about when the apps were last updated and how much storage space they occupy. You can also check if there are any app updates available from this tab.
By the looks of it, Google was probably trying to streamline things a bit but, as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The redesigned menu unnecessarily complicates things. Perhaps Google intentionally made this change to force people to dig deeper to read changelogs, if any, for app updates. The company last year removed notifications for finished auto-updates, thus requiring users to open the Play Store if they want to see the changelog. The latest redesign now further hides that information.
Nonetheless, irrespective of whether you like this change or not, it’s coming your way. The change is seemingly rolling out over a server-side update and should hit more users in the coming days.