Google’s new look for the Play Store is going live now

Yesterday we first got word of an upcoming design refresh about to hit Google’s Play Store from Googler Kirill Grouchnikov, teasing a new look that split apps and games from the store’s media offerings. Grouchnikov dropped some screen shots to whet our appetite for the new design, so many so that we had to follow that initial news up with a closer look at all the previews he’d been dropping. It all looked pretty nifty, but when could we go from hearing about this new interface to actually experiencing it for ourselves? Well, it’s not available for everyone just yet, but today we get the first reports that the promised changes are already rolling out.

We haven’t spotted the new Play Store look on any of our own devices within reach, but it’s happening all the same, and if you haven’t seen the changes take effect on your phone or tablet just yet, give it time.

Right now it’s not clear if the changes are fully on Google’s side of things, or if you’ll also need the latest Play Store app on your phone or tablet. At least, it can’t hurt to update, with a new release out this week, but having the current Play Store build doesn’t appear to be the sole factor in triggering the appearance of Google’s redesign.

Beyond the interface changes we already knew to expect from all those screenshot teasers, the Play Store’s side navigation menu also picks up some small updates, highlighting this same split between apps and entertainment.

Have you gotten the new Play Store on your device yet? If you have, share your thoughts on the changes in the comments.

Source: Droid Life

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