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Last Updated: October 17th, 2012

Back in December of 2011, Google changed the way screenshots were handled in the Play Store. Where they used to open in their beautiful, hi-res glory, they have since opened as a tiny version of themselves. It's annoying, especially for tablet screenshots. To circumvent this, you could open the image in a new tab and append h=2000 to the end of the URL, which forced the screenshot to open in its full-size. Of course, this solution was beyond tedious.

After we posted the My Apps GM script last night, Artem mentioned wanting a script that would display high resolution images in the Play Store (and he's not the only one, I've been dying for this since last year, too). Shortly after, reader CuriousCursor jumped on the idea. Within no time he had produced exactly what we were looking for.

The result is a simple Greasemonkey script called HiRes Play Store Screenshots - and it works flawlessly. Whereas you normally get this:

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After the script is installed, you'll see this:

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Much like with last night's script, installation is a snap. If you're using Firefox, you must first install the Greasemonkey extension, and you're ready to install the HiRes script.

With Chrome, there are actually two options: if you have the Tampermonkey extension installed, you can add this script with that. However, since Chrome natively supports GM scripts, there's really no reason (other than convenience) to take that route. Simply hit "install" on the userscripts' page; after that, Chrome will let you know the script can't be directly installed (extensions outside of the Chrome Store are blocked from automatic installation). What it does, however, is download the script to the default location - you need only open the Chrome Extension page (Menu > Tools > Extensions) and drag-and-drop the downloaded script inside to install it.

We want to give a huge shoutout to CuriousCursor for whipping this up for us - not only is it going to save us time when checking out new apps, but it'll make the overall Play Store experience better for everyone. For that, a huge thank you from everyone here at Android Police is in order. You rock!

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Alex Lockwood

    Is it just me, or should the Play Store already support this?!?

    • Julio M

      Not alone.

    • http://twitter.com/vikramadityarai Vikramaditya

      Definitely!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      And they did, until December of 2011 when they changed it. What used to happen is they would load the large image and then stuff it into the thumbnail on the fly, thus making it jagged and horrible. But at least it was full-sized.

      Then they changed it and made the thumbnails proper size on the server side. And in the process, they capped the size of the large images to something much smaller (as you see in the first set of shots above). Phones, tablets - no matter, they were all small.

      I figured out the trick to change the sizes on the fly, @CuriousCursor:disqus saw my plea yesterday to make this script, and voila - here we are.

      • Busko

        Just imagine how the small images look on GoogleTV :)

    • crzytrkr

      Yes, but I think it was to save on bandwidth...

      • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

        They should give an option to choose hi-low

  • http://droiddev.co.cc/ CuriousCursor

    Made the news :D

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thank you - as I said to you personally, you made my day. This was #1 in my wishlist for the web Play Store.

  • Kenny

    Ahhh, I've been wanting this for a very long time! I really missed it. Thanks guys.

  • Slighter

    Thanks for all scripts, many cheers

  • yippiedad

    Didn't know I needed this... Until now!

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    Great!

  • Guest

    If you're getting an error about needing to install the script from the Chrome Web Store: download the script (ends in .js), open the Chrome extensions page, and drag the script onto the browser with that page open.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's right in the post.

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