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Google Play Store redesign for the Web goes live, makes things more Android-y

The Google Play Store for the Web just went through a redesign, which should allow users to "play like never before" in search of apps and other downloadables for their Android-powered devices, according to a post on Google+.
July 15, 2013
Google Play Store redesign
In case you haven’t noticed, the Google Play Store web site’s design has just been refreshed. And now things look a lot more like what they do on the Android version of it — that is, the Google Play Store app. You may check out the new design yourself right now by going to

According to a post on the official Google Play page on Google+, the fresh new look will allow users to “play like never before” in search of apps and other downloadables for their Android-powered devices. Navigation has been simplified and apps are now at the forefront of the Play Store experience — “Recommended” stuff now sit atop the home page with plenty of unused space to go around.

In the past, the web-based Google Play store seemed robust. But now it’s the opposite. It looks like there are fewer options now than there were before. But that doesn’t mean you can do less with the redesigned Play Store, of course. It seems that Google just wanted to make the Web version function more like its Android counterpart, focusing more on apps and the most important Play Store sections only.

The new Play Store design may not be for everyone, but at least some of the useful old elements were kept. The omnibar can still be found at the topmost portion of the page, and the Settings cog is still there near the top-right corner of the screen. In any case, you should at least give the new look a try before you pass judgment on it yourself.