Ever since the current major iteration of the Android Play Store design rolled out, one aspect of it made me want to claw my eyes out and curl up in a fetal position - reflections. And we're not talking about small, harmless reflections. We're talking giant, tall, ugly ones, for the most part filled with gray pixel mud. They waste a ton of valuable space that can be taken up by another app, and in some cases several ones. Here, take a look:
Every time a reflection appeared in the Play Store, a kitten died somewhere. Considering that the design of Google Play overall wasn't so bad, I was appalled to see that they kept appearing month after month after month. At one point Liam, one of our more design-savvy writers, even went as far as creating a full Play Store redesign. The first item on the agenda was chucking the reflections - everything else kind of fell into place after that.
It looks like someone at Google finally listened. Or maybe they realized how heinous such a crime against design was and the fact that they could now plug all the newly available space with moar apps. In any case, reflections are gone. Kaput, adios, do svidanya. And the best part is - you don't need to update your Play Store app - all changes are server-side.
Ahhh, so much better: