23
May
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While it's not exactly clear how much use it'll get, Google just launched a full-featured mobile web version of the Play Store. It's got everything - including devices. That means you can finally order a Nexus on your Nexus in a Nexus-friendly web page layout. Xzibit is going to be stoked.

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The design is actually pretty nice, too. It's very clean, and it even has, you guessed it, a hamburger menu! Which Google seems more fond of killing off than creating these days. You can install apps to your devices, buy content and hardware, and do pretty much everything you can do on the regular web play store. Just more mobile-y.

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Like I said, this brings one major feature the on-device Play Store app currently lacks, and that's the hardware section of Google Play (why this has always been the case is quite puzzling, though).

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All screenshots were provided by our local screenshotaholic, Artem.

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Google Play Store, Thanks, David [clarification: not thanking myself]!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Miguel Ripoll

    Damm Google. Choose just one design.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      YOU CAN'T CAGE THE BEAST

      • Miguel Ripoll

        Android design will be more colorful than his shirt, you gonna see it!

      • Matthew Fry

        You can't even cage that shirt.

        • MorganValerioyse321

          my co-worker's sister makes $76 hourly on the internet
          . She has been without a job for 6 months but last month her payment was $20399
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          • primalxconvoy

            SPAM

      • RarestName

        For some reason I was expecting a picture of Nichols Cage.

      • sharon rikkileah

        aaaaan, WHO's this? Mr. Google? 😛

  • Alexander Terry

    why no gifs? we love gifs.

    • sharon rikkileah

      whatda'ya mean by, "no Gifs"?!? 😫 no longer supported? (( & where exactly, if that IS what ya mean? )).
      thanx! ~ Riki 😎

  • Jimmy Baez

    So did Artem buy the GPE G Pad or no?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      he already has 4

      • Jimmy Baez

        Why not another one? You can never have too many.

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

      I bought one at launch.

      • DJ SPY

        How's the volume on it? Considering buying a new tablet and volume is important to me.

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

          I keep it muted as it serves as a bedside tablet. But compared to the Nexus 7, it vibrates and has an SD card slot.

  • Gian

    Nice, i'll be finally able to better see market links while browsing with firefox!

  • Philip Kahn

    Long live the hamburger!

    • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

      You do realize that only a very few select geek developers call it the hamburger, right? We really ALL must stop calling the menu button - "the hamburger".

  • Anthony Tyson

    OH NO!!!! NO MORE NECKTIES RHYMES WITH NO MORE NEXI!!! IT'S GOOGLE GIVING US A HINT AT A NO NEXUS FUTURE!

  • Pascal Welsch

    Really? A NavigationDrawer? I thought it's deprecated due to the G+ update and the Gmail rumor.

    btw: Settings are in the Drawer :D

    Why Google? WHY?

    • miri

      If only there were a middle ground between blindly going in one direction full-force and completely abandoning it.

      • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

        WAVE

    • Arthur Jolivet

      I prefere the navigation Drawer in alls Google apps : Google+ is SPECIAL because G+ photo is now apart and has a n.drawer. The new design is good but I'd like: the new up bar for "all,circles, communities, recents and discover" + a navigation drawer for "profile, photos, localisation, events, hangouts (raccourci) and OF COURSE : settings, help. the problem now is that in a 4,7'' n4 we have two action bars which reduce the rest (yet we have no transparency for KK )

      • ltredbeard

        As someone who almost never uses G+, I'm pretty stumped by the lack of the navigation bar. Where did all the options that were in it go?

        • nukeblitz

          They're all still there. They're all under the circles menu. The new look didn't take out any functionality but it did make things harder to reach. It did make everything a LOT cleaner though

    • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

      What? The idea has always been to use the drawer when it makes sense. There have always been multiple options for navigation.

  • Matthew Fry

    Could this be a precursor to replacing the play store with a chrome app a la Hera?

    • Armando Rodriguez

      "HERA" apps arent Chrome apps or HTML apps to my understanding of the article they are normal apps with HTML only for interoperability

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Mmmmm I doubt it. I'd suspect there are a few things going on here.

      1.) Users from other platforms curious about the Google content store (I click on iOS App Store links all the time and good god that site is shitty on mobile AND desktop). It sends a great branding message, gets people interested in Google's products, and introduces them to the Google design language (whatever that is).

      2.) Ability to install apps on your other Android devices easily from your phone, even if it's not an Android phone.

      3.) Ability to buy hardware quickly and easily from your phone (not that it's ever made sense being unable to do this in the app).

      4.) Because not having a mobile-optimized site is very hypocritical for a company that has used leverage against other sites (decreased search ranking) for poor mobile optimization.

  • guest

    For some reason it's still showing the old, with my Nexus 4

  • Jerry Gooch

    Personally I believe the play store app never offered hardware purchases because you don't want a 5 year old with your phone or tablet to purchase that Nexus 5, 7, or GPE game for $300+! ;-)

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    *Obligatory web vs native comment*

    • Pascal Welsch

      nativ!

  • Loral William

    These Gadgets of Next Level http://j.mp/1hhGVQh

  • Marcell Lévai

    This also means you can buy an app that's on sale even if it's not compatible with the device you are holding at the moment. Great! Took them long enough to create a web interface for mobile...

    • Drago

      Hmm. Won't it still check for device compatibility once you sign in and try to buy or install?

      It would be nice if what you said was true, though. I just doubt it is.

      • Simon Belmont

        Eh. Maybe he meant that you can use a non-compatible device signed into the mobile web Google Play Store to buy an app that's on sale for ANOTHER device in your list of devices that IS compatible.

        I see what you were getting at, though. You meant circumventing the restriction of buying an app for a device that you either don't own or is incompatible so you don't miss out on a sale price for app (Amazon Appstore, for example, lets you buy even if you have no compatible devices), but I think he means what I said above.

        • Marcell Lévai

          Yup, that's it :)

        • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

          That already happens and isnt any different in the m gui

      • ltredbeard

        If your account has more than one device linked then it would work.

        • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

          And even if not, you can put anything in wishlist, then DL/Install later.

      • Marcell Lévai

        I mean if you have more devices, but the one you are using is not compatible.

      • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

        Yes, and it still does that.

  • Hansen Harlley

    Negative driver why because http://bit.ly/GoogleDriver

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    That hamburger menu does nothing on Firefox, apparently that new site was tested only on Chrome.

  • David Margolin

    [clarification: not thanking myself] <-- this is great

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    More importantly (and this should have always been available in the Play Store App - ARE YOU LISTENING GOOGLE?) this will finally mean I can install stuff from the Play Store on my other devices without having to actually faff about searching for the same apps and installing them on each device.

    • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

      Your comment here assumes ANYONE from Google listens here. Do They?

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        Sometimes. Google are aware of a lot of what people say on a multitude of websites - they just don't often respond. It's not surprising - when you own a search engine (and more importantly, when you know how to use it do complex searches - which 98% of people using it don't) you can eaily find stuff. Whether they are listening and do something about it though........

  • Major Suave

    Well now you can beam apps to your tablet at home from your hypothetical iPhone/Windows phone more easily.

  • abobobilly

    Hm, thats a good thing to hear. Can't believe it took them YEARS to come up with that.

  • xmattjus

    Yay! The Play Store's mobile web interface is better than the one of the Android app! Plus it has a navigation drawer, which seemed deprecated with the recent G+ update.. Gugl stap pls!! lol

    • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

      Depends on the device

  • Leonardo Baez

    I was waiting for this since a while.
    "While it's not exactly clear how much use it'll get"
    Here is an example... What if I want to install an app in my tablet (that is in my house) from my phone in the office or from the cafe or on the road.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Does Google know a lot of the average consumers don't even know the play store exists on the Web? And you can install apps from there? People are always surprised when they see me doing that

  • awtyh

    Why would anyone use this over the app? I dont get it..

    • primalxconvoy

      Here are some reasons:
      - Users have disabled the app (plus it's mandatory updates) due to the large file sizes (I did that on my crappy HTC Desire, due to the inexcusablly low internal memory of the wretched little thing), but they still want to access the services associated with the app.

      - Users of ANY device (like a low end PC or users with crappy browsaers or low bandwidth, etc) want a simpler and easier to load site.

      - Users want to be able to pay for/install apps for a DIFFERENT device which isn't supported on the device they are using to order from.

      - The original PC based site didn't always work well on all devices (like my Ouya)

      - Users might have found that the layout of their version of the store in app form is not the same or as nice as the website version.

      - The website might support a user's native language better than the app (especially abroad)

      - Certain apps (due to geo-locking, etc) might only show up in the website version.

      - Some people just don't like the app.

      • sharon rikkileah

        🙆 i dO agreeeeeee. . . . (( actually, Google needs to fix more than that )) lol!

        ~ I NEVER use the app versions ((unless I have to)), "i really hate'm" 👅 lol!
        they're eXtremely restrictive 😱 & limiting, like in Z👀Ming, info, etc...!)), bUt use "FIREFOX" browser, which "i" feel IS THE BEST! ((especially for mobile & tablets)), an you'll be able to do & see almost everything in apps & web sites ((i especially love my email in desk top view!)), and if you're somewhere that doesn't enable you to switch to the desk top view, FF WILL switch ya! =)
        ~ F Y I ((in the case there are some who don't know)), if ya download & try FF, go in to your settings of the FF browser it gives the "desk top" view option which works really well! gotta do this for most of the apps / sites you want to save, then bookmark the change, you can always count on that view showing! =) I've actually tried "ALL common mobile browsers desk top views" and NONE "I" felt, looked or worked as good as FF does!
        ~ it also has an "HTML5 app" that really helps with the replacement of the ADOBE FLASH that was TAKEN AWAY 😡 from us Galaxy S4 owners & works well!
        ~ 🙅 hope this helps someone! . . . . . .( also thanx all, for 'your' info! )
        ~ Riki 😎

        • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

          PUNCTUATION

          • sharon rikkileah

            YES, "punctuation" what about it?!? lol 😋

      • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

        DAMN your logic!

    • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

      I never do when I am on my devices, only when on my DT or LT

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

    cool! too bad i set my phone to open the play store app on default for any google play store links.

    • primalxconvoy

      You DO know that you can change that, right?

      • yay

        How? Lol I NEVER put anything as default in case I need to open web version... Except if it's in Google now and it's asking between chrome and dolphin... (Browser)

        • Ryccardo

          Settings>Apps>{google play store}>clear defaults

      • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

        yes, but why would i?

  • http://www.bidnessetc.com/company/v/ Paul Steve

    Thank god Google has changed the view of play store interface finally .... http://bit.ly/1gZMlEV

  • Marcin Ochyra

    Can I order a Nexus on my Nexus? Where? I'm from Poland...

  • primalxconvoy

    It's about time that Google did this. It's really a no brainer. However, when I just tried it, LOADS of pictures were shown as broken.

    Methinks Google still has much work to do in order to get this working...

    • http://fingertipaudio.net DANonamous

      Me thinks is never typed nor seen as one word.

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