New Play Store web version is currently being tested at Google

June 4, 2013

Play Store web version Chris Yerga

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?

Play Store web version

Comments

  • Johnathon Oquin

    I like the design , Google has step it up this year with very good update to show that are serious about being the best Tech company out their , and giving apple a run for it money. That are really show me service that i want to uses .

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      Man, what the fuck?

      • Eastern37

        Not everyone speaks english as their first language if that’s what your talking about…

        • D’Ander McSullivan

          My first lenguage is spanish.

          • Adam Armstrong

            I think you mean Language.

          • D’Ander McSullivan

            Exactly.

    • toni345436

      o.O

    • Nasko Hristov

      Except the tech part everything else perfect.

      • D’Ander McSullivan

        Trust me, it wasn’t.

  • thartist

    ANYTHING is better than the current disaster the web is.

  • GooglePlayPretty

    Google should seperate movies and tv, and add newspapers so it can have even more colours :D

  • Tapewormlatvia

    Since I don’t live in the US, I’m kinda angry now. The only way for me to view lists of Apps like Staff Picks, Games We Love, etc. is from the web, because they took this away from the Play Store App in my region. If they take it away from the web as well then I’ll be really mad. All I will be left with is boring localized content which I will never need, while all you guys get cool lists and what not on the home page. Boring.

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      It pisses me off as well, beside the fact that, in my region, I have no access to movies, music, magazines, books, etc. I recomend you Fetch, which is an app that shows you apps based on your tastes, allows you to make very personalized searchs and, of course, can still show the staff picks and other stuff. It doesn’t show exactly the same apps the Play Store shows to you, but is still more useful than the Play Store’s homepage itself, at least for me.

      • Tapewormlatvia

        I feel you bro! I too have only Apps and Games available. And about fetch… I have tried it; and I have tried Best Android Apps as well; however, I still want to have what everyone else has. Every screenshot I see, it’s all about beautifully categorized apps, making the browsing the play store an enjoyable experience.

        Let’s just hope that Google will come to senses some day. If they want to be global, they Have to be global.

  • Nasko Hristov

    Its nice, but we the people outside US, we exist yes, will have only Apps on the right so I am supposing we will have a lot white unused space…

    • Eastern37

      Where is it that you live? Here in Aus we have apps, music, magazines, Books and movies. The only one were missing is Tv.

      We did only just get the music service though.

      Do you not have magazines, books, movies?

      • Tapewormlatvia

        Here, take a look how few countries actually have more than Apps & Games on the Play Store. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_play#Availability

        And the ones that aren’t even mentioned here can get only Free Apps.

      • Nasko Hristov

        Let’s say that I am in the EU, you can always look in my fb profile, but still this doesn’matter. There are only 20 contries in the world that have at least music in the Google Play Store. If I was able to buy some things I would definately buy it, I mean I won’t music like maybe never, but still books counts.