December 1, 2022
Google Play Store for tablets with redesigned interface, Navigation Rail released: Report

The Google Play Store for tablets has reportedly received an update that includes a redesigned interface. The update adds a navigation rail that appears upon user interaction at the top left corner instead of the always-visible rail seen before, while also showing a narrower search box and logo intended to free up screen space. Google is currently using the free-up screen space for larger app icons. According to a report, the redesign makes the Play Store one of the first 20 Google apps to adapt the design for tablets.

The latest update to Play Store version 32.5.16-21 brings a new design aimed at improving the experience on the tablet, as a report good 9to5by google. The update sees the App Store taking advantage of a pill-shaped active indicator for the navigation rail that slides down when the user is in contact. As per the report, the approach is intended to make the app design more compact while freeing up free space.

Buttons, notifications and profile avatars for Google Play Points remain on the right, as seen in the design for tablets prior to the update to version 32.5.16-21. As per the report, there are no other visible changes to the interface in terms of app listings or any other part of the Play Store.

The Play Store’s portrait orientation now matches the UI seen on the app’s version of the phone, but uses a new compact logo and search field.

Editorial content is now illustrated using two cards that fit side-by-side. The redesign comes as part of a wider overhaul of Google’s Play Store that will use cards instead of a full-width carousel. Google’s intention to make this design change for tablets was made public at the Google I/O 2022 conference, featuring the “Top Charts” section as a card instead of the full-width carousel seen as traditionally. A render was shown.

However, as per the report, the redesigned interface is limited to tablet devices and is not visible on any Chromebook devices as of now.

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