Google actually started testing this redesign way back in November last year. It didn’t really arrive to users until recently, and it only arrived to a limited number of them. Well, it seems like it’s rolling out in general now.
Google Play Store web redesign seems to be rolling out widely
This is quite a considerable redesign we’re looking at here. All UI elements seem to be a bit bigger, and quite frankly, more modern and better adapted to large displays.
When you open the ‘https://play.google.com/’ website, you’ll immediately be redirected to the first option on the list, and that’s the ‘Games’ section. At the very top of the website, you’ll see four options, Games, Apps, Movies, and Kids.
Depending on what you’d like to browse, you can tap one of those options, or simply use the general search bar. All you need to tap is the magnifying icon in the top-right corner.
Right underneath toggles for games, apps, etc., you’ll notice sections for different devices. You’ll see Phone, Tablet, TV, Chromebook, Watch, and Car sections (if you’re in the apps menu, it will change dynamically if you’re browsing other menus). If you click on the Tablet section, for example, tablet-optimized apps will be shown.
The UI now looks more modern, and arguably better
This is arguably a far better solution than what we’ve had before. You can now jump straight to the section you want, without issues, all those toggles are front and center.
Having said that, the rest of the UI changed as well. If you open an app or a game, you’ll see a huge banner at the top, while the video trailer is highlighted on the right side, if available. Screenshots are right below the main banner, and the rest of the information sits below.
It all looks much cleaner now, that’s for sure. If you click on the ‘About this app/game’ option, you’ll notice that the app size information has been removed. You’ll still see that info if you open a particular app/game from your phone, or any other device that the app can be installed from. You’ll see the exact size for that particular device.
The Movies & TV section received a similar redesign. The UI in general has been revamped, for better or worse. It arguably looks better now, but not everyone will agree, of course. If you haven’t received this redesign, you will soon, as the change is international, and it’s rolling out widely now.