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There have been a lot of unfounded rumors and speculation about KitKat and the Nexus 5 (and even the good old Nexus 4) floating around the web in the last few days, so why don't we take a break from those and switch things up for a change? Here is the work-in-progress UI from the next major update to the Play Store app for Android, version 4.4 (just to be clear: the Play Store's version is 4.4 - I'm not talking about Android 4.4).

What's new?

The biggest change, as you can see, is the move to the "hamburger"-style slide-out navigation. The current version of the Play Store app, 4.3.11, which you can see in the 6th screenshot, has everything crammed into a single menu.

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Play Store 4.4

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Left, middle: Play Store 4.4; right: Play Store 4.3 with everything in a single menu

The slide-out navigation has the following tabs:

  • Store home
  • My apps, My movies & TV, etc., depending on the section you're currently in
  • Shop - this one doesn't appear at all times
  • My wishlist
  • Redeem

The menu, shown in the 4th screenshot, is now down to just Settings and Help - exactly how it should be.

As I mentioned, this is work-in-progress, so I'm expecting further refinements by the time Google starts pushing it to devices around the globe.

Update: Uh-oh, I think they're onto us.

Rumor time

And now, it's time for a little rumor. While the build that I've seen doesn't have other UI changes, I've heard that Google will change all the things to be even more card-like. The UI transformations will be akin to the latest Gmail update - something I'm quite excited to see myself. Once again, it's just a rumor until we see some evidence, which I'm hoping to dig up at some point.

Release timeframe

Play Store 4.4 should at the very minimum be released with KitKat, as it's already being tested on Android 4.4 devices (4.4 on 4.4, get it?). Whether we'll see it pop up earlier or not is, unfortunately, unknown to me at this point.

As for compatibility, don't fret - v4.4 is backwards compatible all the way back to Froyo.

Poll

Do you like this new direction for the Play Store?

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APK

Sorry, this is not something I can share at this time. Bummer, I know. This version is not complete anyway, from what I can tell, so let's just give Google some time to drive it to completion.

Thanks, anon!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Danny Holyoake

    Why does AndroidPolice hate people who prefer polls with five possible options? Getting sick of being repressed on this site.

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

      Incorrect. The 4th option says "at least." I thought of everything.

      • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

        Maybe he prefers "at least" 5!

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

          He only gets one stance. No takesies backsies.

      • Valynor

        There is still an option missing: "None of the above."
        I'm serious. This option needs to be there every time.

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

          Step 1. Pick option 4.
          Step 2. Go to comments.
          Step 3. Type things here.

          • Pascal Welsch

            Step 4. ???????
            Step 5. Profit

          • http://rodneysolomonjr.net Rodney Solomon

            ahahahaaha!

          • Valynor

            If you take your polls seriously from a statistical POV, this is not an option, errr, enough. :) "None of the above." *has* to be there. Always.

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            All of the none the above.

      • thartist

        X=>4 =/= X=5

        • pasta12

          But x >= 4 does equal x ==5 which is the real situation here.

    • nmaxfield
    • nexusplay

      And the winner is, Artem, on a technicality. Well done.

    • monkeycarrier

      What are you even talking about? Have I missed some huge kerfuffle over a polltroll?

    • hyperbolic
  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    96 votes and not a single comment. I'll start then.

    • Justin W

      Very productive input. Thanks.

  • Robbie Ward

    I've been enjoying the poll options recently

    • hyperbolic

      .

  • Leonard Pearce

    I do like the polls at the end of articles a lot, but I personally think options like "I like polls with at least 4 options" are a bit silly and take away from the actual results

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Have some humour

      • IrishSid

        This isn't a game Sebastian.

        • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

          Sorry... been waiting to use this image for a few months now!

          • Joshua

            This remains one of my favorite images on the entire Internet.

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

      They're there specifically to siphon out those who vote just for the sake of voting. They, in fact, make the polls more accurate, you just disregard the placebo option.

      • Valynor

        In fact, no, they don't. You ask the questions you want the answers to (with no overlap) and add the "catch all" question. Everything else makes the poll less accurate.

        • Justin W

          Think of it as a "n/a" option in regular polls. Just as in government polls, no "group" (as in, no Presidential poll or similar) has 100% of the vote, and for those that don't vote, they are counted as "n/a", so they aren't attributed to it. Hence, it makes the poll more accurate by allowing those that actually prefer one or the other to fill in those opinions, and those that couldn't care less either way can vote for an option that doesn't affect the poll.

  • hot_spare

    Don't care. Still nothing very impressive. Don't see what's so great change from 4.3. A few minor changes which are not "so-interesting". A lot of like WP8, where they have updates which basically does noting for user experience.

    • Diegojdiaz

      On the contrary, this fits in with the design principle of so many of Android's apps and it helps the user get used to the idea. It is possible that they are still making more changes; as Artem states, there's still developing going on.

  • Κουταλιανος

    I don't care, i use warez

    • Arthur Dent

      You are an idiot.

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

        More of an asshole really.

        • Cuvis

          Why not both?

          • Taylor LaBrier

            Why not Zoidberg?

        • Κουταλιανος

          Really? Ask your mother about that!

    • Alexei Watson

      One day, I hope you make a really great business idea, and someone steals it right out from under you. Have a nice day.

    • DirkBelig

      Because you don't want to have to give 5 handies at the bus station to raise the 99 cents an app costs?

    • mckooter

      we still say warez in 2013?

  • Tiago Pestana

    We already have a wish list, "my aplications" so now we need a new "category" with aplications bought because already lost count of mine

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

      Yeah, I checked for it right away, but no filters are in sight.

      • Diegojdiaz

        A bummer, indeed.

      • Tiago Pestana

        :( is it so hard to add? I have bought so many aplications over 3 years and I have spent around 100 €

    • Matthew Fry

      What do you think they are? Magicians? It can't be done.

      • squiddy20

        They'll have to get help from Apple, ruler of all things "magical", "mystical", and "revolutionary".

        • David Spivey

          Please stop using Apple's trademarked and patented words in your sentences, even when using quotes to repeat them.

      • Tiago Pestana

        what do you mean It can't be done.? what Magician's? please explain yourself lol

        • Matthew Fry

          'It can't be done' is programmer speak for 'I don't feel like it'

  • samma

    I like the hamburger menu style.
    However, I am confused why google have both the three dots menu and the hamburger menu !

    • Diegojdiaz

      I agree. I think it has to do with consistency between the web version and its Android app. I truly don't know. Again, it is probably not finished, at least that's what I can see and Artem states.

    • miri

      One's for actions, the other's for navigation.

      • fonix232

        They could actually get two separate buttons on the action bar, instead of an overflow menu. It is just making things harder. When there were 5-6 menu options, okay, we need it. But now, only two. And actually, it's only one, Help could be available from under Settings (as it is with most of the applications).

        • miri

          It's in the design guidelines to always have settings, help, etc. in the overflow menu, even if there's room in the action bar as they aren't primary functions of an app.

  • Diegojdiaz

    Awesome, I was waiting for this since they started using the new hamburger navigation drawer in their stock apps (except for those that aren't using it). Hopefully this makes the tablet UI look less ridiculous. At least one new feature must be added to this for it to be worthwhile and it's the opportunistic app updating... Sometimes it can waste a lot of battery when there's barely any signal and it automatically updates because it can, not to mention how laggy any device becomes when installing any of the Play Store's apps.

  • deltatux

    They should put the "Games, Books, Movies, TV, Music and etc." in the hamburger menu and then the 3 dot menu for Settings and all that.

    That or, remove the 3 dot menu and put everything in the hamburger menu. Don't really know why Google's adamant on putting the Games, Books, Movies and etc. as a banner...

    • Neal Horowitz

      Same reason it's not the Android Market any more (even if I still call it that in my head). Play Store may be a godawful name, but ffs, they want you to know they sell books, music, and video, and they're going to slap you in the face with it in hopes you'll buy from them instead of Apple or Amazon. Want apps? Please wade through this pile of other, unrelated things that you didn't want to see first.

      • squiddy20

        "Wade through"? All you have to do from the main screen is hit the Apps tab and boom, you've got only apps. It's 1 (one) tap. Not scroll down, hit a button, swipe left, double tap here, swipe right, and pinch.

      • deltatux

        They did it properly with the YouTube app, where the options are all in the hamburger menu. It's more organized if it's done this way instead of the banner. Plus, putting it in the menu makes it universally accessible within the app, where it isn't easy to jump between app, books, movies & TV and etc. the way it's set up right now.

    • Tony

      I say put Games, Books, etc in the hamburger menu AND also have the banner page that way they can slap you in the face with the banner and still give you 1 swipe access to any part of the store.

  • Tim242

    They change up the play store design every few months. They are confused on how it should look, and probably confuse a lot of average consumers.

  • Joe Micelli

    Can they make it not super hitch when scrolling? Something with loading ads.

  • Diegojdiaz

    I fail to comprehend this argument about polls; answer the question, if not, comment on what you think. Lol. It's not complicated.

    • Taylor LaBrier

      Some people not only want to voice their opinion, but also have said opinion added to a fancy graph. haha

  • Daniel

    You could send the apk's Play Store 4.4 for my email?

  • Taylor LaBrier

    At this point in time, 157 people (11% of the votes) read the ENTIRE article, and promptly decided they didn't care. lol

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    why not completely remove the 3 three dot menu button and stuff it into the slide out? I can see app pages being chopped up into cards making things more organized and a text clean up like the recent maps update.

  • Neal Horowitz

    There needs to be an option for "I don't care what it looks like, but they need to fix the goddamned overdraw problems so the app stops performing like a steaming pile of crap on older devices" option.

    • Gnex

      Believe me, it's not just older devices. I've found that a lot of Googles' apps are rather slow (music, chrome, play store).

      • Roh_Mish

        Chrome get slow on nexus 4 in disqus comments on all websites. I still have to try it on stock browser though.

  • mark

    uhm... you hid the version number... but there's 4.4.16 on tags...
    Fail? :P

    • Crispin Swickard

      It was hid probably more due to the fact the build will undoubtedly change from now, and when the update rolls out. Not that there was a huge need for it, but more since there was no point to having the build there since its irrelevant.

      Also could be to protect those who would have had access to that build that leaked it.

  • Crispin Swickard

    Now if email would get an overhaul... I was fully expecting it to get a similar overhaul to gmail on 4.3, and it never happened. I would like some proper pinch to zoom there as well.

    • Simon Belmont

      I agree with you. I think it will get an overhaul in KitKat.

      What I want in the email client is MULTI-SELECT of emails all at once (aka, Select All). That, and EMPTY TRASH.

      • Justin W

        I hate the lack of the empty trash button in the app. I clearly do not want them, let me delete them.

    • Justin W

      There is pinch to zoom, but I wish they had enabled it by default. I guess I don't understand what you mean as "proper" pinch to zoom though - can you elaborate?

      • Crispin Swickard

        You can zoom in, but you can't always zoom out to show more on some html emails. Its rather frustrating.

        • Justin W

          Gotcha. Thanks for the answer!

  • Simon Belmont

    I personally like the hamburger style menu UI. I'm glad Google is going "all in" on it.

    Also, every time someone mentions hamburger style menu, it makes me want a hamburger. Damn you, power of suggestion.

  • Bronislav Shtrom

    Exactly how it should be? So you're fine with Google going the crApple route and making everything onscreen taps? This isn't even about onscreen software buttons. This is about onscreen navigation being like crApple. Why is it exactly how it should be?

  • FrillArtist

    They need to update the email app. It is absolutely terrible and ancient looking.

  • ratnok

    What they need to do is get rid of the "see more" buttons and let you swipe those sections left to right in a ribbon format.

    • miri

      Android doesn't have an official pattern for carousels and having a hamburger menu, tabs and carousels would be a little messy, attaching too many things to the horizontal gesture.

  • angel_spain

    What they need to work on is the web version of the Play Store. The mobile app looks much better and polished and it feels more functional.

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    Still too white make it more dark.

  • Adam Watts

    This style is already implemented in the Music app. Glad to see it coming to other parts of Android. It works well.

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

      This style is implemented in many Google apps by now.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
  • Wam31

    How about a "MyApps" button at the top right of the screen (near the search button), like the one that's been available in the tablet version for ages! Just a though...

  • GazaIan

    I feel like another design is on its way... It looks sexy, but navigating this Store is a tiny bit tedious as it is. This looks like it's out to confuse me some more.

  • monkeycarrier

    Hamburger style? You mean hot dog, right? Because it'd have to be a pull-down/pull-up menu, our landscape in order to be hotdog.

  • jcopernicus

    Did you guys already point out that they're calling you out a few months ago?

  • crackinthewall

    Yes, but I would have preferred if they removed the Menu button in a future update. With that slide out tray, they can surely put Settings and Help in there.

    • akshay7394

      Settings and Help are never supposed to be in the drawer. The guidelines specify exactly that

  • Ashish

    The playstore version is 4.4.
    The smaller version has been faded.

  • guest

    Am I the only one that thinks hamburger slide outs are a pain in the rear?

  • Fifth313ment

    I'm happy Google is finally starting to get some conformity in Android! About time! Now if we could just get them to work on a consistent back button, lol. :P

    5th

  • Tony

    More importantly, on tablets in the My Apps page can you actually see update sections "What's New" on the same screen or do you just get the same stupid permissions screen?

  • AhmedAlalfy

    The way i see it .. Google planing to strike big this time ... new launcher .. new UI and most of Google apps are getting major treat and features .. not to mention the monster the N5 and most of us they know how to tease the hell of us with all the leaks they let out day by day .. so Kitkat when it comes is going to be epic

  • Jensen

    Those first two images look very clunky, oversized, and hard to focus on the content. I will give it the benefit of the doubt but I am not impressed.

    I also really wish the Movie and TV App would get improved navigation as it is extremely difficult to navigate currently.

  • Marcell Lévai

    Slide out navigation, yay. Can't select category from the slide out menu, meh. Still a menu button for settings, meh. Not a big improvement.

  • roberto.elena

    What they really need to do is redo the Google Play website. They took away so much functionality with the last redesign... So sad, all new looks but no substance...

  • hotweiss

    I wish the play store would have a tab for past purchased apps!!!!

  • Dbrevolution

    I have to admit the play store needs work. I've had trouble finding newly released popular games that I didn't even know existed. Like for example where's my water 2.

  • jeisson serrano

    se ve muy bien

  • turdbogls

    thank god....i hate going to the menu overflow to get to my recent apps. much better IMO

  • SirCharles

    WTF, it never gets past the Loading... whether I voted or just want to view results, reloaded tab and reloaded tab again, ???

  • ck

    Does 4.4 allows easy backup on Laptop for my phone content....contacts, songs, images etc

  • Matt

    It's still doesn't solve the core issue of a fragmented os.

  • Alireza Eskandarpour Shoferi

    I just have saw new interface google play. I think you will be happy that I live in Iran and usin new things quickly.

    • Guest

      My shot

  • Alireza Eskandarpour Shoferi

    I just have saw new interface google play. I think you will be happy that I live in Iran and usin new things quickly.

  • abood

    Thnxxx

  • tisysacie

    Play store

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