It’s been a little over a month now since we first started learning about a major refresh coming to the Google Play Store, as an employee teased several pics of the store’s new look as he got ready to leave the project and start up with another branch of Android. It wasn’t long after that we got word that the new look was already live – at least for some users, maybe, but we sure weren’t seeing it on our own Android devices, nor through Google’s web interface. More recently, though, it looks like Google’s really started pushing out the new Play Store to users en masse, and if you hadn’t gotten it already, you almost certainly have by now. With the new look now ready for all to enjoy, we’re curious: what do you think?
Google’s big direction for this new look is the split between apps and entertainment; whether on an Android device or on the web, the Play Store places heavy emphasis on just which of those worlds you’re browsing for content in, while making it easy to tap between on and the other. Granted, you’re still accessing the same content as before, but this more pronounced division seems to only reinforce the extent to which Google’s media ambitions are now taking center stage.
Not everyone’s a fan of this new look, though, especially users who enjoyed the convenience of having everything in one place. Do you find it takes too much swiping and tapping to get where you’d like to be now? Are you largely indifferent to the layout so long as you can still get your apps? Sound off with your own opinions down in the comments.