In a blog post by Michael Siliski, group product manager for Google Play, Google announced that the Google Play Store will be getting a complete redesign which involves a visual and functional overhaul. The update has already begun rolling out to users, but it might take a bit of time to hit all phones.
The blog states that the new design “is simple, clean and — most importantly — helps you find great entertainment, fast.” The blog also says that new recommendations appear faster and that the purchasing at checkout has been simplified.
The Google Play Store, which was formerly known as the Android Market, got its last update just over a year ago. Moving away from the dark, tiled design, the new Play Store looks to fall in line with Google’s Holo design guidelines. The Play Store now features content, including apps, movies and books on larger, card elements against a light background.
The newest version of the Google Play Store for Android will be pushed to devices running Android Froyo (2.2) and above, which is definitely good news as most devices are still running Android versions below 4.0.
Get it now
If you are an advanced user and don’t want to wait till the Play Store hits your device, you can download the apk file from here right now and install it straight away.
We installed it on our Galaxy Nexus and can say that the experience is 10 times better than the previous store, even on an EDGE connection. Listings appear faster and are more appealing. The only issue we faced while installing and using the apk file is that on the home page, the categories did not work and there was a lot of white space. Everything else seems to work all right.
60k Apps Removed from Play Store
According to a new report, Google has stepped up its efforts to remove spammy or otherwise non-compliant applications from Google Play, in recent weeks.
In February itself, app deletions hit a record high with 60,000 apps being removed, reports Techcrunch. The report states that a large number of the apps deleted were those in the MP3/ringtone category. Google does not vet apps the way that Apple does for the App Store. But does from time to time delete applications that violate its terms of service, such as those spreading malware, infringing on others’ copyrights, or those with graphic, sexual material.