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Google is making some big changes to Google Play on Android, which you can expect to see in the upcoming days. The new Google Play should make it easier for users to find music, books, apps, and other content, which will, naturally, benefits both users and Google itself, as you cannot purchase things you cannot find. Functionality aside, the update includes a significant visual overhaul, which should also improve the overall browsing experience.

Google Play’s new design will focus on larger, eye-catching images, making it easier for users to see the kind of content that interests them. Similar content will be grouped together, which, again, should make it easier for users to find the kind of entertainment that suits their taste. If you are looking at apps, for example, kindred apps will appear alongside, helping you find and enjoy more of the same.

Google has also streamlined the checkout process, making it simpler than it was before.  This is another update that’s going to save you time, but not money, making it even easier to purchase content. According to Google, users will now be able to “breeze through checkout,” which should come in handy for everyone involved.

The update will be rolling out gradually to all Android devices with Android 2.2 or later, so expect to see the new store at any time starting today. Keep in mind that it may also take several weeks, depending on which part of the world you’re in.

Can you see the updated version of Google Play yet? What do you think about it?


Source: Google

  1. Richard Borkovec
    April 18, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Still waiting for it on my Nexus 7 and Nexus 4...but I really like the redesign overall. It looks easier to use, and with better recommendations, which is always good :)

  2. Kait
    April 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I've personally never used Google Play before (never heard of it till now), but I think I might check it out. I like that similar things are grouped together, concerning the user's interests. Cool blog, very informative! Thanks.

  3. Nevzat A
    April 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I expect a more stable Play Store. I wish we also have "one free full app per day" as in Apple Store and Amazon app store.

    • macwitty
      April 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

      There is one - search for Appturbo and free app a day. I can just get it up in Swedish but I know the do it in English and other languages

      • Nevzat A
        April 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

        I've searched for "appturbo", all I found is an iPhone/iPad application, nowhere is stated it's available on Android. I could not find it on Play store too.

        • Lim3Fru1t
          April 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

          Strange :/ When i search appturbo i get a free danish version on the play store(I'm from denmark so thats why it show that version) :). And i tried that from the play app and website. both with results

        • Nevzat A
          April 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm

          I think Google filters the results per country

      • Nevzat A
        April 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm

        That's what I use recently. It's a great app.

  4. Chris Marcoe
    April 10, 2013 at 4:04 am

    I'm not sure bigger and flashier is what we need. I'd rather they showed more "meat" as in, what the apps do and their features. Though, i do like the idea of better recommendations. Provided it works that way.

    • Kait
      April 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      I do like that, the idea of more info about apps and function/features. I've often had the problem of getting an app thinking it does one thing (because I wasn't given enough info) and then it doing another.

      • Chris Marcoe
        April 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        The problem is: they are advertising their wares. So, its all about looking flashy. They want to show all the bells and whistles. Show how great the interface is.

        I am guessing that people on this website are more into the content and functionality of an app. As opposed to, say, my 16 year old son who would rather is looks cool than actually do what it is supposed to.

        • Kait
          April 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

          True, true. I believe presentation is important, you know, you want things to look clean and organized, but it's not the be-all and end-all. If a program looks flashy but doesn't work, it's pretty pointless. I think app companies should, if they want to show off their product's design so much, include both? Why not advertise with presentation AND explanation??

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