Purported Google Play Store 4.4 app screenshots tease changes coming with Android 4.4 KitKat

October 16, 2013

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    Alleged screenshots showing the next version of the Google Play Store Android app have apparently hit the web, detailing some new features that are supposedly coming soon – possibly together with the official Android 4.4 KitKat launch.

    Android Police has gotten its hands on the screenshots below, which reveal a complete redesign of the Play Store app in version 4.4.

    The images are certainly interesting, as they highlight Google’s continuous fine-tuning of its Play Store experience. A “’hamburger’-style slide-out navigation” is now present, making it easier to navigate through the store’s various sections – the list includes Store home, My apps/movies & TV/etc, Shop, My Wishlist and Redeem.

    Play Store 4.4 app update

    Purported Play Store 4.4 screenshots | Image credit: Android Police

    That also means that the menu has now only two options available, Settings and Help.

    The publication further notes that a more card-like design is coming to the user interface of the app in the future, with “UI transformations” being “akin to the latest Gmail update.”

    Google Play Store 4.4 will reportedly be compatible with devices running Android 2.2 and higher, and will be available “at the very minimum” together with KitKat – apparently it’s in testing on devices running Android 4.4. An APK for Play Store 4.4 isn’t available to download at this time.

    Play Store 4.4 app update

    Purported Play Store 4.4 screenshots (left and center) vs Play Store 4.3 screenshot | Image credit: Android Police

    Naturally, this isn’t confirmed news, so take it with the appropriate amount of salt, especially since the publication says this is the “work-in-progress UI from the next major update to the Play Store app for Android.” Things can certainly change by the time the app becomes available.


    • Mayoo

      The playstore is usually the last to leak before a new OS version. Let’s start the rumor train!

      • Alaska Ryder

        Rumor train?
        That started months ago.

        • http://jonbp.co.uk/ Jon Beaumont-Pike

          And i think he missed it.

          • Mayoo

            I think you are both right. I was pretty tired when I wrote this – the train part is indeed silly.

    • Reed

      A bit exaggerated when you said complete redesign.

      • Ryan

        The writer must be from Apple.

        • androiddoglover6969

          No, the writer is an android writer on the android site.

          • Alex Ohannes

            Don’t you know humor when you see it?

            • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

              Humor does not exist when voiced opinions in text when input in an unnecessary manner.

    • http://gplus.to/briancalderon Brian A. Calderon

      Navigation Drawer… what is with this hamburger stuff…

    • Benjamin

      From the screenshots, nothing much as compared to the current play store, may be a few tweaks here and there.

      • shadyguy

        Newer holo sidebar UI, me gusta

    • Jaun Lombard

      I hate the new Playstore!! It is sooo laggy and wont connect on the internet if the phone is on 2G or slow Wifi where the previous Playstore worked!

      • shadyguy

        You might wish to idk….get a better signal….

        Nothing loads on 2G as the speeds are 200KB/S

    • mark

      What’s interesting is that the screen shots look to be taken on a jelly bean device based on the leaked images for nexus and 4.4 KitKat.

    • Drew Freeman

      What is the appropriate amount of salt? I have a tablespoon…is that enough? ;-)

    • Drew Freeman

      Gripes aside, Play Store>Playstation Store