Google appears to be rolling out a serious new redesign of the Google Play Retailer. We have seen this design slowly take form by means of restricted testing over the previous few months, however now it looks as if the design is lastly coming to a wide selection of units. Generally these designs are simply out for testing they usually get rolled backed, however with the launch of Android Q on the horizon, we get the sensation this model will stick.

The brand new design is in step with the revamped “Materials Design” spec that Google launched with Android 9 Pie final yr. This model makes use of the homepage as a design inspiration, and consequently it is rather, very, very white. You’ll be able to see plenty of this design in the present day in Android P and Q and within the new Gmail design that launched earlier this yr.

The Play Retailer sells Apps, Motion pictures, Books, and Music, and the earlier design used boldly-colored headers to distinguish between the sections. These colours nonetheless exist in minor highlights, however largely the app is totally monochrome now. Solely content material thumbnails present pops of shade.

Along with the all-white design, the app now correctly help’s Android Q’s new gesture navigation bar, making it clear as an alternative of the black navigation bar that popped up on the outdated design. On the primary web page, the content material tabs are on the backside now, permitting you to simply attain them with one hand even in your large Android cellphone. The 4 content material tabs are “Video games,” “Apps,” “Motion pictures & TV,” and “Books,” with “Music” being conspicuously absent. The Music part largely powered the Google Play Music app, however Google Music is on the way in which out and on account of ultimately get replaced with YouTube Music. If you happen to dig by means of the sidebar, you possibly can nonetheless discover the music part hiding in there for now.

Imagine it or not, this model of the Play Retailer design truly has a dual-pane pill UI. Google has largely deserted pill UIs through the years, as Android tablets have failed within the market, however designing Android apps for bigger screens goes to change into increasingly vital sooner or later. Right this moment tablet-style apps are helpful for Chromebooks, which run Android apps on a really massive show. And if this foldable smartphone thought ever takes off, it should imply the sneaky resurgence of Android tablets, and we’ll all run round with units that confide in have an Eight-inch show.

There isn’t any one model of the Play Retailer that can get you the brand new UI (although Play Retailer model 16 appears to assist). Like many Google design transitions, there’s code for each the outdated and new UI in your gadget, and Google will get to select which one reveals up with a server-side change. Generally, for no matter motive, it may take weeks to come back to sure units.

Prepare for lots extra Google app redesigns

Together with the Play Retailer, we count on to see a rapid-fire launch of Google app redesigns over the approaching weeks. The subsequent main model of Android, Android Q, ought to be launching any week now, and a serious push with the brand new OS is dark-themed apps. At Google I/O 2019, Android engineer Nick Butcher introduced, “All Google functions are dedicated to replace to help darkish theme by the point Android Q rolls out.” I extremely doubt Google will truly replace “all” of its functions, but when it desires to get anyplace near this dedication, we’ll must see plenty of app updates very quickly.

By my rely, Android Q darkish mode help is lacking from plenty of heavy hitters, like Gmail, YouTube, Google Search, Maps, Docs, Hangouts, Google Dwelling, Messages, Play Music, and Google Pay. We have seen one or two of those apps get experimental darkish modes in an A/B check (often that will get rolled again after testing), however they don’t have officially-launched variations as of this writing. It is laborious to think about long-neglected apps like Hangouts and Google Play Music getting redesigns and darkish mode updates, however Google is the one which mentioned “all Google apps.”

Even this new Play Retailer design would not truly help darkish mode but, however consider it or not, the all-white redesign is definitely excellent news for darkish mode lovers. Google’s design technique thus far has been to fully redesign apps modeled after the all-white homepage after which use this all-white, monochrome design as a foundation for the darkish mode theme. Up to now, we’ve not seen Google take an older, colourful app design and glue a darkish mode on to it.

Positive sufficient, if you’re on Android Q and have the brand new Play Retailer, you possibly can go to the developer choices and allow “Drive darkish” mode, which provides you with a sneak peek of what a darkish mode Play Retailer would appear to be. Android Q’s “Drive Darkish” mode is sort of a “sensible invert” function. It’s going to flip your darkish textual content on a white background to gentle textual content on a darkish background, however it should depart footage and different paintings alone. It may well have some distinction points as such, which is why a home made darkish mode is most popular. However till the official darkish mode arrives, this can be a good stand-in.


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