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Preview of New Google Play Version 4.0

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The Google Play store is an ever-evolving marketplace that has seen its fair share of changes throughout the last few years. It was once incredibly fussy and difficult to navigate while lacking features, but over time, has become much more polished with an image-heavy layout that has likely helped Google push products from apps to magazines to movies and music. The last time we saw a major change was back in July of 2011, though. Since then, we have seen a number of tweaks to make it fit new design guidelines for Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, but overall, it hasn’t changed all that much.

Today, I’m happy to show you Google Play 4.0, and the next big UI overhaul. 

New Look

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As you can see from these screenshots, the entire thing has been redone from a UI perspective. It’s more Holo themed than ever, uses new fonts as category section titles, bigger images, and what I can only describe as a Google Now box-style item container. Individual pages for apps, movies, etc. are all filled with bigger images and a much cleaner design. The layouts of most pages, including search results, remain mostly the same, however, the eye candy is everywhere. Google is using text to separate sections, but then throws big beautiful images and color in your face to grab your attention.

Gone is the dark box-styled home page – in is a much more minimal and clean, well, everything.

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Video Preview

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There is no telling when we’ll see this new version of 4.0.16. As the video indicates, most of the new pages are not live at this time. We’ll keep an eye on it over the next few weeks and hope that we start to see some movement, which in turn should mean that the mass rollout to everyone will happen.

Also, as I dig through it, I’ll be sure to update you with any new features that I stumble across.

In the mean time, what do you guys think of the new Google Play?

  • Granted

    It is not 4 dot O, it is 4 point zero. I must also say, atricious music taste, bleh! I would also believe that reading a “book” by Canyay North, would be a riveting adventure.

  • james

    whats the wallpaper name?

  • TheChanDroid

    Nice review – Looking forward to the new design 🙂

    What’s that Polka-Dottie wallpaper you’re using, pretty please? 🙂

  • TheChanDroid

    Nice review – Looking forward to the new look 🙂

    What’s that Polka-Dottie wallpaper you’re using, pretty please? 🙂

  • Google I/O with a lot of news…

  • What needs to (also) be done is make it possible to delete emails in the Gmail from the trash folder. It’s the simplest feature and yet for some reason Google doesn’t feature it. Ridiculous.

  • Did they fix the hilariously pathetic Categories under “Games”? How funny is it that a search company has the worst categorization on the market. Never thought I’d remain jealous of iOS users because — their app store is actually categorized sanely!

    (And Google — remove the non-game elements from the Game menu! “Widgets” under games? Did you even proof read your categories???)

  • kostya

    pleas people) give me this wallpaper)

  • M C

    ui looks a bit more polished.

  • Alex Rubio

    It’s NOT O it’s 0.

  • fralogan

    I got the table 4.0 play store a week ago and I’m liking the new ui

  • sishir

    Where do we get the apk

  • jeffxallen

    I find it weird how you say Holo? Is that how your are supposed to say it? “Ho Low” I always say basically say “Hollow.” What is correct? http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/holo-

    • I assumed it was “whole-oh” like holograph which is pronounced “whole-oh-graph.” But that could also be my west coast slang. 😛

      • jeffxallen

        I guess I say Holograph like Hollow-graph myself (from Chicago). What does even Holo mean? Urban dictionary tells me that it stands for “Hobo’s only live once” which is what I prefer it to mean. Other sources are telling me it means Whole or Hologram which may make more sense.

        • I am originally from Montana, we are a little different up there. 🙂

    • I would say Hollow too and im originally from SoCal lol.

  • Aerdnas

    apk Downloadlink!?

  • have they sorted out the all apps for an account or is it still messy? my all apps section from day one that i joined android since 2009, there are thousands in a messy order and i really wanted to sort it out.

  • zagoya

    download link

  • So now it looks like a TV guide and categories are color coordinated

  • Anon

    where can we get this .apk file?

  • Mordecaidrake

    I like it, looks vastly improved.

  • FenkZenk

    Oh wow, that looks like its gonna be good. Wow.


  • jake

    It reminds me too much of…..every other UI around here right now. If features are being added, awesome; if it is just interface, I think this is a downgrade from what we have now.

  • TechGuy21

    come on guys. share the freaking apk. LOL who cares its broken.

  • What options do you get when you touch the three dots on each search result? That looks new.

  • I’m pretty sure the newspaper will be added along with more updates when the Google IO starts.

  • J. Gilbertson

    I wish they would make finding an app on the play store as easy as it is to Google search it. For example: Google Keep. Couldn’t find it in the play store app but when I Google searched it in the browser it took me right to the app. This happens particularly with new apps.

  • Tidbits808

    admob was probably removed because it is in Google settings. It doesn’t make sense to have the same setting in different apps or locations.

  • Can I change my old posts prior to the Google+ integration to include my name?

  • Nicholas Slaughter

    I want to be able to buy devices from google play mobile

  • joejoe5709

    Spiffy. Can’t wait!

  • DigitalEnforcer

    NOPE! Why would they put the Open button so close to the uninstall button?? It’s too easy to mistakenly uninstall and app now 🙁

    • Alan Paone

      I have a sneaking suspicion nobody uses the market as an app launcher, I’m not sure why that button is there in the first place

      • DigitalEnforcer

        Make sense 🙂

    • BrianLipp

      The uninstall button gives you a prompt to confirm, so if you accidentally hit it, just cancel and hit open. Its no big deal

  • Jays2Kings

    The menu button on the side of searched apps (the 3 dots in the corner of each app item), what does it do?