It has always been nice that the Play Store is accessible not only from smartphones and tablets, but also from the web. The functional website provides the ability to remotely install apps, manage payment methods, and more. However, it has been obsolete for ages. ultimatelyhowever, Google is giving the Play Store a design overhaul on the web.
Seemingly rolling out now in a very limited capacity, this new Google Play Store design for the web draws heavily from the design of the mobile app. At first glance, it looks like the Play Store app on Chromebooks, but it’s a good call from Google, as it leads to consistency across customers.
The updated design retains app previews, the ability to install apps remotely, and support for movies and books alongside apps and games. The big headers and video previews for the games are also clearly apparent, with the Minecraft listing example moving to a darker page that has an autoplay trailer for the game.
There’s also a new “Apps” tab that shows top charts, popular apps, and app filters. Users can filter displayed apps by device type, including phone, tablet, TV, Chromebook, watch, and car.
Unfortunately, we don’t have easy access to this new redesign yet, as it appears to be rolling out to a server-side switch. It seems that some regional variants of the Play Store web client manage to activate the new design, but it’s a lottery. Our tipster seems to have managed to get the client using the Korean Play Store, accessible at play.google.com/store/apps?gl=kr. Our Tiper was also kind enough to provide several other screenshots showing the search interface, movie listings, and more.
Our Damien Wilde was able to make the design work on his browser using a VPN. There we can see some of the account management settings. Functionally, it looks like the new design of the Play Store on the web lives up to its past iteration.
It’s unclear when Google plans to roll out this new design more widely, but we’ll definitely be watching it closely.
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