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Google Play store for Android L gets major Material redesign

Rolling out to users in the 'coming days'
Wed Jul 23 2014, 12:47
Google Play gets a redesign inspired by Material Design

GOOGLE HAS REVEALED a glimpse of a major redesign for its Google Play store that is inspired by the Material Design language introduced along with Android L.

The Play store update will begin rolling out to Android users in the "coming days", with its design having noticeably taken tips from the firm's Material Design language philosophy.

The redesign is image heavy, with cover art now appearing as a large banner across the top of app listings and some showing video trailers instead. Details such as reviews and recommendations have been shifted into icon form on app pages, while wordy app descriptions have been hidden, making the store look cleaner and slicker overall.

It seems that Google plans to give its entire product portfolio a Material Design makover. The firm has already given its Docs, Slides and Sheets apps a makeover, and earlier this week it showed off a redesigned version of Chrome OS.

The design overhaul was introduced alongside Android L last month. The multi-layer design language will see Google refresh icons across its products, along with fonts, colours and transitions, with Material Design arriving as perhaps the firm's most radical redesign to date.

At the time, Google boasted to its developers that "users will already know their way around your app, no matter what device they are using it on". µ


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