Update: Here’s Joe Hindy’s quick impressions of Google Play Store 5.0:

Original post:

Google promised that its apps would receive Material-inspired updates to go with Android L, and Play Store is the latest to get a Material facelift.

Version 5.0 of the Play Store brings lots of visual changes, as well as smaller changes to the functionality of the app.

The most striking new element is the use of bright, bold colors from the Material palette throughout the app, from the labels for the media categories (apps, movies, etc.) to the header menu and the various sub-categories. The color of each media category carries over to its interface, so the Music section, for instance, features an orange color scheme, while Books is blue, and so on. Everything is flatter overall, with no visual delimitation between menu items; Google also abandoned its “folding crease” motif, in favor of an all-flat esthetic.

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Another big change is the new “hamburger” button, which is bigger, spaced off from the left edge, and no longer has a category icon. Clicking on it opens up the side menu, and the icons turns into a back arrow with a smooth little animation. The side menu is different as well – the top options now feature gray system icons, while the bottom options (which had icons before) are now just plain non-capitalized text.

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Moving on to the app view, the What’s New section was relocated at the top of the interface, from its original place at the bottom of the pile. Clicking on it expands it, and also displays info such as version number, last update date, size, and developer name and contact info. Having this info – especially the “what’s new” part – at the top makes more sense than having it buried below everything else.

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Finally, one small, but important change is the refresh of the Play Store icon, which is now flatter and less three-dimensional, though it lacks the hard 45-degree shadow we’ve seen on other updated Google icons. For a trip back memory lane, Kirill Grouchnikov, one of the engineers in Google’s Play team, shared this graphic:

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Play Store 5.0 will automatically hit your device in the coming hours or days, though with over a billion devices to update, you may have a lot to wait. You can try to speed up the update by tapping on the version number in Settings, though tapping repeatedly won’t trigger an update. If patience isn’t your forte, the folks over at Gapps Early have the Play Store apk file for download.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Abdurhman Yousef

    Google why you have to tease us !!
    just checked the new play store, i liked the bolder colors and overall it looks AWESOME.
    can’t wait to see Gmail and Google play music with Material Design

    • MY

      Me too and I hope they revamped the Calendar as well because it needs a overhaul ;-)

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      • Lup Alexandru

        yeah, Calendar really needs it :)

  • Guest

    you guys are way slower than android police

    • AbbyZFresh

      Every site is slower than Android Police. They actually have developers and people with connects.

  • Sahil Kaul

    Like it, I also see a few animation changes, nice eye candy, but how’s it gonna play with the battery life is yet to be seen. We will know soon enough!

    • MasterMuffin

      The animations and eye candy won’t affect your battery life

    • Dimitri

      As MasterMuffin said, they wouldn’t affect battery life. If anything battery is gonna be better on L thanks to Project Volta and ART Runtime.

  • John Zakaria

    And no transparent /Coloured Status and navigation bar !

    • Sebastian Bednarek

      Yeah, I’m dissapointed. Maybe only Android L will have it? I hope so, we’re waiting for it way too long.

      • John Zakaria

        I dont think so we have the Transparent API so we should get it once it is out but google seems to be good at inventing but not using their inventions

  • Albin

    Interesting choice to move “What’s New” to the top – seems to prioritize deciding whether to update an installed app, ahead of shopping to decide whether to install an app in the first place.

    • James

      the “what’s new” is only on top once the app is installed. It remains at the bottom if it’s not been installed yet

      • Albin

        Good clarification, thanks. And a useful feature.

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  • Dimitrios Pandioras

    I just hope other app developers follow suit and update to material design.

  • crutchcorn

    Yay Material Design! I can’t wait for android L to be a thing, but that’s only cause I’m looking to buy a new phone soon. Otherwise I’d most likely never get the L goodies. I am intersted to see what LG does with it… I really like them personally.

    Then again I wanna see what AOKP, CM, PacRom, MIUI, Flyme OS, Color OS, SenseUI, and others do with it as well… so….

  • Garen Loshkajian

    my nexus 7 just received the OTA for it

  • Monchu

    I loved it. Its simply most classical one I have ever seen. I love this update of play store due to star sports live also. Thanks.

  • xenissaaay

    very good changes

  • Jayfeather787

    It’s very purdy.

  • Chirag Jain

    Did they remove the “atleast 250MB free in your internal memory to install apps”? Installation starts and fails saying “you don’t have enough space” even when i have 4 GB free on external microSD.I am still on Playstore 4.8.20 because of this