Google Play Store Material Design preview leaks

Google I/O brought us a new look for Android: Material Design. The new direction Google described for its platform took the current trend towards simple layouts punctuated with bold color to its logical conclusion, delivering a look that isn’t just clean and highly approachable, but also makes it easier for devs to scale content between device sizes and form factors. At I/O, Google shared some of the ways Material Design would be changing the look of Android, and now a leak offers us a more in-depth glimpse into one in particular, previewing the changes coming to the Play Store.

Right away, we notice how images now dominate listings, from apps to media. Instead of small thumbnail or icon, large hero images stretch all the way across an entry’s page. Not all images are given the same prominence, however, and we see screenshots take the back burner to a title’s text synopsis; the net effect is one that delivers a lot more open space, with much less on-screen clutter. It’s visually appealing, granted, but we can’t help but wonder if some users will be frustrated with how much less dense everything now looks; you may be scrolling quite a bit more than you used to.

This leak shows the Play Store changes on both phones and tablets, though it’s the tablet layout that really seems to highlight the extent to which this Material Design refresh is changing the look of the app. It’s also worth noting that the content in this leak is slightly different from what Google was showing off at I/O, and for all we know the app may mature even further between now and its release, as Google continues to tweak its layout.

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