Play Store for web design is finally getting a massive makeover
It was always nice that the Play Store was accessible not only on smartphones and tablets, but also on the web. The functional website offers the ability to remotely install apps, manage payment methods, and more. However, it has been out of date for ages. In the endHowever, Google is overtaking the Play Store on the web.
This new Google Play Store design for the web, which now appears to be only being rolled out in very limited capacity, is heavily based on the design of the mobile app. At first glance, it looks just like the Play Store app on Chromebooks, but if anything, that’s a good call from Google as it creates coherence among clients.
The updated design retains app previews, the ability to remotely install apps, and support for movies and books alongside apps and games. Large headers and video previews for games are also clearly visible, with the Minecraft sample list switching to a darker page that includes an autoplay trailer for the game.
There’s also a new Apps tab that shows top charts, popular apps, and app filters. Users can filter the apps they see by device type, including phone, tablet, TV, Chromebook, clock, and car.
regrettably, we don’t have easy access to this new redesign yet as it appears to be rolled out on a server-side switch. It appears that some regional variations of the Play Store web client are successfully activating the new design, but it’s a lottery. Our tipster seems to have been able to get the client via the Korean Play Store, which can be found at play.google.com/store/apps?gl=kr. Our tipster was also kind enough to provide several more screenshots showing the search interface, movie lists, and more.
Our Damien Wilde was able to get the design working in his browser via a VPN. There we can see some of the account management settings. Functionally, the new Play Store design on the web appears to be level with its earlier iteration.
It’s unclear when Google plans to roll out this new design more widely, but we will certainly keep a close eye on it.
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