Google Play Store updated to v4.9.13, introduces Material Design and other improvements

by: Edgar CervantesJuly 22, 2014

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Material Design was all the hype at Google IO. And of course – it is probably the biggest Android design alteration we have seen in years. The graphic intensive and cleaner look is to be spread across the whole UI, and the Google Play Store is finally taking all these design elements to the streets.

If you thought the previous major update was substantial, you will be blown away by version 4.9.13. The navigation and overall UI is left nearly untouched, the main difference here is in the details. To be more specific, things get a bit whacky once you get to app/content pages. This is not bad, though. The new design looks great, it just happens to have a slight learning curve.


For example, change logs are now only visible to those who have apps installed, images and trailers are a major focus (they take a huge part of the top area) and app descriptions now go full-screen. In addition, small details like the app’s size and version have been moved out of the way and taken to the app’s description. The +1 and sharing button have also been relocated below the featured reviews.

The focus and general way we shop for applications and other content have definitely been kept in mind with the new design elements. It feels much more… personal, if you wish. Images and videos blend into the background and buttons. The robotic details are taken off the main viewing area. It’s just so much cleaner and simple now.

The new Google Play Store is ready to head out the door and has been reaching devices starting today. We know how impatient you can be, though. If you must try it out now, you can always download the APK file and install it manually. Test it and let us know how it is treating you!

  • adam

    I love this update it looks great. Can’t wait for Android l.

  • Great update a little repetitive in the meaning that It has similar apps twice and i would have liked an update to the main screen and some other aspects. But I think it is going to be great and it does look good but it is still a great update no matter what it includes the last one I was not a big fan of but I always love what Google does.

  • Crutchcorn

    Material Design seems to be coming along. I’ve seen and heard a lot of devs talk about adoption as well. :)

    • Haseeb

      Why did they hide the change log? Sometimes we just wait for an app to bring some new features and then install or just for keeping an eye on them. Why Google why?

      • Crutchcorn

        Yeah, I JUST today got around to getting it. BRING BACK THE CHANGELOG YOU SHMUCKS!

  • Jayfeather787

    Anyone notice that AA is getting a lot more ads? Just pointing it out. AA needs money.

    • Anonymousfella

      It also starts downloading Mobogenie apk whenever I visit the mobile site. Any solution?

      • Jayfeather787

        I don’t know. Sometimes it says I need a Java update. This morning, I had an interesting ad.

        • CowOverlord

          Oh good, Android Authority is taking money from the Koch Brothers.

    • TDioWS

      Well, I’m not seeing any adds at all.

      (Love you, AdBlock Plus)

      • Crutchcorn

        TDioWS, WHAT *wink* IS ADBLOCK? *wink wink* WE CERTAINLY DON’T HAVE IT. *wink wink wink*

  • Good update! Loving the new playstore, sticking with it. and will wait for further updates. thanks AA!

  • Phantom

    Inb4 someone says : Slight learning curve? UNACCEPTAAAAAAABLE!!!

    Btw, can’t wait to see what other apps will look like! This looks niiiice

  • MasterMuffin

    We needz more material nao!

  • _X_

    But is the software better/optimized? Play Store struggles to connect sometimes…even with 3G where the new Galaxy App store connecs in 2 seconds on EDGE! It will be pointless for Google to take on Africa with Android L and cheap phones when Play Store can’t connect on slow netwoks!

    • introvert

      you’re on your own there. NEVER have problems with play connecting

    • Sudhindra G Joshi

      dats true.. it struggles big time to connect on mobile data…even on 3g networks.

  • Seem to be cosmetic changes. No Android L to be seen!!

    • Exactly. I don’t know where people hided their glasses, but they can’t notice there is nowhere any Material Design. All blogs shout about MD update, but it is not anywhere here…

  • Paul Reich

    One thing that has always irked me on the tablet store app is that when there a number of apps to update and all I want to do is see what is new, you have to first click on the app in the update list – which brings up a view which shows nothing of interest at all – and then you need to click on the app AGAIN to see what is new. I see this is unchanged

  • koro

    Hunger Games

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  • lith

    Love this!

  • Błażej

    Is the update region related?

  • i just love the new update.. :D

  • Deepesh Malhotra

    a Lil problem, there is no size of the app directly displayed

  • Jayfeather787

    Semi related to this, youtube for the desktop got updated. I think.

  • banananananana

    Do you have to have L running? CM11 just looks like the old market.

  • oldcampos

    Just installed the update (note available in Costa Rica yet), Looks nice, I like the design, emphasis on visuals, the subtle animations, Read More reveals the apps summary and other details, the overall user experience has been greatly enhanced in my opinion!

  • Digi

    Hey Google. Hire some competent designers next time so you can release something that DOESN’T look completely ugly.

  • bethcwhitehorn

    Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go to tech tab for work detail



  • Gooosh…. Peaple – THIS IS NOT MATERIAL DESIGN! How are you watchin’? Have you even saw I/O keynote? Material Design guidelines? Anyone? Duh…

  • shivam patel

    How do I uninstall the APk for the google play new update on samsung galaxy s5

  • android hobo

    Like it a lot but…I want to see the size of the app more clearly.

  • Clinton

    Material Design is cool and all.But I really wish that they added a feature where you could download the previous version of the app, just in case you don’t like or have a problem with the new version of any particular app.
    Developers do a great job of making an app or a new update ,but every once in a while they do screwup, so it would be great if I could go back to my original app until the newer version is fixed. . .

  • BlackIDove

    Manual download doesn’t work, program keeps crashing.

  • david

    this woldnt even work on my tablet, wth i just want to use google drive to type