New Play Store web version is currently being tested at Google
Google has been making a lot of changes to apps lately. We expected changes for various mobile apps, but when those changes bleed into the desktop, it’s worth note. Rarely do desktop apps or services follow the pace their mobile counterparts set.
The Play Store has gone through many changes in its lifespan, even suffering a name change not too long ago. What it hasn’t yet done is become cohesive with the mobile app. News suggests that the new desktop version of the Play Store is being dogfooded at Google, meaning it will be ready for release sometime in the near future.
For those that are unfamiliar, dogfooding is the process Google goes through to internally beta test. Employees sign up to test a new app or product, and are then given permission to do so. Feedback is given, the service tweaked, and then made available to the public.
While the Play Store may not look exactly the same across devices, or even into the desktop, this update brings it much closer to true functional unity than any we’ve seen prior. Like the mobile app design shift we’ve seen lately, there is also a menu at the top left for navigation, allowing users to quickly move through the Play Store.
We like the unity Google is bringing to the Play Store across devices. We saw it briefly at the I/O keynote, and we’re impressed then as well. The new layout is clean, easy to navigate, and makes finding content really simple. What do you think of it?