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When we first wrote about Quantum Paper (the internal name for the material in Material Design), we noted that Google was anticipating a series of updates to its own apps between the introduction and completion of the new design direction - updates which would bring the apps a bit closer to the new design style in a progressive fashion, so that the apps wouldn't undergo fundamental transformations overnight.

Looking back, it is now obvious that Google+ was our first taste of material design, followed by Google's editing apps like docs and sheets.

In the same vein, we've received information indicating that Google's makeover of the Play Store is well under way. Happily, we're also able to share some images this time around.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

The comparisons you'll see below show the state of the Play Store's refresh as it is right now. It's worth noting that this is pre-release software, so anything could change leading up to an official release. So far, only content listings appear to have changed significantly, so that's what we'll be looking at in this post.

What is clear from the shots, though, is that the Play Store is moving closer to compliance with Google's Material Design guidelines, and that the content listing layout is evolving to put content at the forefront, with other information to follow.

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Above: Album listing with full screen artwork behind main interface

Listings are now more immersive and colorful, using hero images where appropriate. Apps and games use the hero image or promo video developers have already uploaded to the Play Store, while movies use their respective trailers, and books and magazines use an expanded header, since their covers are usually portrait rectangles which wouldn't translate well to an immersive hero image.

All of that said, let's take a look at some shots from the tablet interface. On the left are shots of the current Play Store, with the screenshots on the right showing the current progress on the Play Store's refresh.

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Left: Current Play Store Right: Pre-release design

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To anyone who watched the design sessions from this year's Google I/O, the last screen should look familiar. The Grand Budapest Hotel listing in particular was shown off during a session about Material Design in Google Play, and the demo screen looks extremely similar, but carries a considerable lot of information compared to what we see above. For reference, here it is (grabbed from the YouTube video here):

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Screenshot shown during Google's Material Design in Google Play session at I/O 14

The story is much the same for the Play Store's phone interface as it stands now - hero images (or videos, as the case may be) take center stage where appropriate, with Books and Newsstand items again being the exceptions. Below, you'll see the current Play Store on top, and the in-progress version below that.

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Above: Current Play Store Below: Pre-release design

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The initial view of each screen tells the real story, but what's below that? It appears the rest of the listing layout is getting a refresh as well - there's more white space, more careful use of typography, and the content description (and ostensibly the "what's new" section) expands into a full-screen view. The reviews section has been made more colorful to match its web counterpart. At the very bottom, users will notice new iconography (like the tiny flag for inappropriate content). Again, we'll look at the current version on top and the in-progress version below that.

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Above: Current Play Store Below: Pre-release design

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On top of everything else, there's another interesting facet to these shots - interacting with content listings has changed significantly. Currently, the ability to share an app or other content lives in the action bar, but in these shots, it is in a row below the review section, along with the wishlist button and - curiously - the Google+ button, which itself is more sparse. It shows the number of individuals who have "plussed" an item, but right now doesn't appear to show the user who those individuals are. If I had to speculate, I would say that this is still an area of exploration, and that the Google+ interaction won't be forever relegated to a spot somewhere below all the content that's actually relevant to the listing.

Ultimately, it's impossible to say how close these interface changes are to release. While we expect an incremental refresh in the run-up to a fully material interface, it's also possible that an update won't surface until Fall, when the rest of Google's apps are slated to get their own facelifts with the release of L. As always, anything is possible.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Pootis Man

    Apk?

    /s

    • ShapesBlue5

      As noted in the first paragraphs of the article "We do not have possession of any APKs or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them."

      • Tyler

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        • MikeOxlong

          Lol

  • Utkarsh Pandey

    Wow that looks beautiful! :)

    • someone755

      Why are people like you and me the smaller group here? ;-;
      ITS AMAZING GET OVER YOUR "NOT CLUTTERED ENOUGH" THEORIES

      • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

        The issue people have isn't that it's got whitespace, it's that it's got so damn much of it. I own a nexus 10 for the extra screen real-estate.

        They've but a layout that will be smaller than a nexus 7, and surrounded it with some nice looking flair. That's wasteful design.

        • pani

          I don't see all that white space everyone is complaining about though, please enlight me? D:

          • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

            firstly, it's only really an issue in the tablet screen shots. The phone screen shots look fine. Secondly, the white space is not literally white. It's got the background image in it.

          • Trent Callahan

            Firstly, it's not a big deal. Secondly, it's not wasted if it looks good. Thirdly, suck it up and move on - There are more important things in life.

          • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

            Firstly, you don't get to decide what people do and don't care about in their operating systems.

            second, its wasted space and that's not debatable. It can be made to look good without wasting so much space.

            third, no. I did not buy a 500 dollar tablet to use the same amount of real estate as my phone. I bought it for the bigger screen I expect to use all of the screen it.

            and forth, for good measure, if this is an issue unimportant to you then don't speak on it.

          • Trent Callahan

            I just hope you realize how silly you sound complaining about something that Google will obviously make functional. I would hope that you would make better use of your time.(:

          • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

            I don't make assumptions as to what Google will or won't do in the future. That is exactly why people should be complaining about unreleased software, so Google has a chance to fix it before it becomes finalized.

            and if I look silly for trying have a little tiny bit of influence over a product I use every day, I can only imagine what people must think of you for arguing with me on a topic you're essentially trying to convince me is not worth my time

          • Trent Callahan

            I apologize for attempting to play the role of rationality. Kudos to you, and enjoy your "wasted space," I'm sure you'll grow to love it.

          • Kay

            We'll acording to your first sentence, it makes your second sentence sound like you're a hypocritical douche. It is debatable, you don't get to decide what people do and don't care in their OS. This being one. Why don't you cry some more because an App Store doesn't look ugly enough for your precious tablet. Get a hold of yourself

          • pani

            i know what white space is, but thanks for clarifying for those who don't.
            About the tablet screen shots, well, there IS a lot of space to make use of, Google would have to come up with an entirely different layout to use all of it. And since it's easier (and more logical) to make something look good in a small space and then use bigger paddings and margins to accomodate when there's more space than the other way around...

          • RTWright

            It's not that hard to fix, it's a few lines of code that can rearrange based on device being used. People think it's complicated, it's no different than making a Mobile based version of a website, that changes it's size down to fit based on the type of device vs a Desktop. Do it all the time in my sites, it's really not a big issue and Google could take some design lessons, because they seriously have been lacking in that department for a long time. Look how they changed up Google + so much since it first launched. Talk about a lot of wasted space and it was QUITE WHITE indeed. I'm starting to think that the people doing designs for Google never took the basics of Design 101....

          • Roh_Mish

            The phone one could be better.
            No one actually wants to look at the hero so much, every time the visit.just put it in background and put content OVER it.
            People buy tablets for that extra real estate not to again see even less information at once than their phone already provided.

  • hp_vercetti

    I don't wanna say this but.... i just had a 'Material-gasm'!

  • Tony

    Am I the only one that thinks the new version looks hideous and is a terrible waste of space as well?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      a thousand times yes

      • xnadax

        A thousand times "yes, he is the only one"?

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Damn, that comment didn't turn out quite the way I intended

    • lemonnnnz

      The landscape version? Absolutely. Portrait version looks fantastic though!

      • Roh_Mish

        The tablet version would look fantastic in potrait on tablets.

    • abobobilly

      Came here to post just that. Glad i am not the only one.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Keep in mind this is not a finished, released design yet.

    • impulse101

      Pretty much

    • Bob

      No..at least look at the other comments.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    oh my god... look at ALL that WASTED SPACE!

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      As mentioned in the post, there's still a lot of information missing between what was shown at I/O and what we're seeing here. Remember this is a WIP, not release software. Even so, I'm okay with a few open spaces here or there, provided there's not some relevant information that is a missing must-have for said open spaces.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        I understand and agree that there should be some spacing between the UI elements to avoid cluttering it too much and slamming everything into one place, but there's a difference between spacing and wasting real screen estate, with the shots shown in the article - the information uses, like, 1/4 of the screen. I don't need the posters/covers/albums being shown across the whole damn screen, I need INFORMATION about the item I am looking at

        • Tony

          Prepare your finger for scrolling :)

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            It's gonna hurt bad :(

        • TY

          Hurt your eyes or your fingers; you can't have both. Apparently Google chose the later.

          • http://google.com/+JulioManiratunga Julio M

            At least you have ten fingers to go through.

        • Tony

          In the tablet Grand Budapest Hotel one you can see they have transparent notification bar and a left arrow icon for back, and on the phone ones they don't even have that "back" arrow icon so hopefully means they still have a bit more work to do on design and they may change some other things as well.

        • Dhaiwat

          My guess is that when you interact with it you will immediately notice that it isn't really only using the 1/4 you mentioned. The screenshot with the album art probably turns into a solid action bar when scrolling down as it does on other Google Play apps right now. Go to an album in Play Music and scroll down notice how it disappears. Or search for your favorite music artist(s) scroll down, notice how the picture fads into a solid action bar and it also parallaxed and so it provides depth as well. Also not overwhelming the user with a bunch of information right when opening something in the play store is a good thing, especially being greeted with a full bleed hero picture element. It seems like there is an absence of clutter for the majority of the people that just want to download the app/movie/music and have shorter descriptions instead, while still serving all the other info below if needed.

          Yeah I guess it's "wasted" space but it makes everything less cluttered. With the effect of making the sale or download of the content easier as just the essential information needed to get a context of what the app/movie/music is far more powerful than being hit with tons of information. Just my opinion, not saying you are wrong.

        • fonix232

          Luckily Material Design makes it possible so that you'd have this as preview - and then while scrolling, the real content zooms in.

    • Tony

      It's like they said hmm how can we make all the graphics pointlessly huge and take up as much space as possible. Well...they've succeeded!!

    • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

      First of all there is something called "scrolling". So it shows as this only when you open the page first time, but when you scroll down your screen is used 100% again. Think.

      • MadJo

        And you think too. Right now, I don't need to scroll as much to get the info I want about an app/book/movie/whatever else they sell on Play store.

        With the current L-design shown in these screenshots, it's quite clear that they want to hide the useful info 'below the fold', in favor of useless graphics 'above the fold'.

    • arrow2010

      They seem to be copying Microsoft as being kings of wasting space.

  • Melad360

    and still no transparent notification bar or maybe even nav bar

    • Kieron Quinn

      It will likely have a coloured status bar on L, but on KitKat it's not actually supposed to happen like that, only when extending views

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      This has been explained elsewhere, but there's a reason that the status/nav bars aren't transparent in Play apps. Primarily, it's because not all views have hero images or content that is suited for transparent system bars, so the user would be confronted with a change between transparent and solid when navigating between views, which is less than ideal. Colored system bars are another story, as Kieron notes.

    • trm96

      I know right?

  • vyktorsouza

    am I the only one who hated it?

  • McGuest

    Dumbed down waste of space.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    Too much wasted space on a tiny screen...

    • noneofthem

      That´s why we have 5+ inches and FHD+ nowadays.

  • domenukk

    Y U NO IMMERSIVE? Well not really immersive mode, but the bars on top and bottom should clearly be see-through here...

    • Kieron Quinn

      Like I said before (copy and paste job):

      It will likely have a coloured status bar on L, but on KitKat it's not actually supposed to happen like that, only when extending views

    • mattcoz

      The shots weren't taken on a device running Android L, look at the navigation bar icons.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I discussed this in another comment but basically not every view on the Play Store uses hero images or is suited for transparent system bars. So the user would be switching in and out of transparent decor, and that's jarring. Colored system bars are still a possibility but we'll have to wait and see.

    • Justin W

      Check out the tab shot of Grand Budapest Hotel - that's got a see through status bar, and appears to have been taken on a device running Android L (based on the icons).

  • http://about.me/barrae Maximiliano Barra E.

    Oh, Phantogram. That's a nice detail.

  • Dami

    meh

  • mattcoz

    The phone design looks much further along than the tablet design, so I think it's too early to criticize it.

  • Tijmen Kervers

    The Play Music app could use some of this!

  • Badouken

    I love the portrait but the landscape is indeed a waste of space... People need to remember though that there is a chance this could change by the time it's released.

  • http://google.com/+JulioManiratunga Julio M

    ITT: People who voiced their opinions appear to hate waste of space. We will see how it turns out for the other millions of users.

  • someone755

    Okay there's ANOTHER Play Store design update.
    And, to be honest, this time I'm HAPPY about it!

  • RockAndRock

    Awesome ??? Noooo :(

  • blindexecutioner

    I wouldn't use the word beautiful. It's used much too often with electronics. It's different.

    • NF

      I'd use it. It's a form of art.

      • blindexecutioner

        Hahaha, art...

  • cy_n_ic

    Cm theme engine to the rescue.

  • NF

    I'm not sure if it takes advantage of tablet layouts well. I think it's an attractive look, but at the same time it's greatly reducing information density in things like apps where that is something I'd want.

    • miri

      It's a delicate balance with information density and legibility. I do think the headers are a tad large, pushing the description off-screen but on the whole I'd call it a considerable improvement.

  • Nomaan

    They said "don't over cardify" in one of their event after keynote and gave an example which was similar to the current play store's list view. So that's going to change as well IMO

  • black

    The title suggests I should be wowed. I'm not, yet.

  • eirik

    But how will I know if Artem has given his seal of approval (+1) now?

    • DeadSOL

      Hahaha. I look for these, too! :D

  • Simon Belmont

    I actually use the share button quite a bit when recommending stuff to friends so moving it below the review section seems pointless. And why do they need a redundant wishlist button below the review section and near the hero image on the top of the listing?

    No offense, Google, but this seems like a waste of screen space. Less useful content per screen necessitating more scrolling. Hopefully this will clean up nicely in the final product, though. Won't judge it completely until it's in my hands.

    • miri

      My guess is that when you're at the bottom of a listing, you're quite a ways from the top and it may not be until you've read through the entire listing that you decide to add something to your wishlist. As for why it's not in the action bar, I'd imagine it's so the button's more directly associated with the content that it acts upon. Search is a global action, share and wishlist are contextual so it makes sense that they'd separate them.
      Having less content on screen also means less to digest. While I will admit that it's a tad cramped (what isn't on a 7" screen in landscape), it looks like they may be switching to 4:3 for small tablets to mitigate the issue and even on the 7" screen it's more spacious with a clearer focal point than the current layout.

      • Roh_Mish

        Many times, you read about an app on an website (like ap) and go to download it. But you see the price is too high and you want to wait for a sale or until you are ready to spend. You just open app and tap the button. You don't need to scroll. For share, think your friend asked for the app lik/, you go to play store, search the item and quickly go to share.
        Bow that similar apps and user also installed are in middle, you may be diverted from why you came to the store at first place.

  • Anthony Wingfield

    I think one of the big parts of material design tha most people are missing is that Google pointed out their belief that a larger screen does not equal larger mental capacity.. clutter can also be considered wasted space if people aren't processing everything they see

    • Nick

      It's pretty clear they are dumbing down the interface to serve the lowest common denominator.

    • Roh_Mish

      That is 100% true when you just put an phone app on a 10" display with no formatting. But correctly formatted apps look great on it. They provide more info than phones, but not information overload.
      Some apps give/sort info based on relevence (location, device, connection, time, etc).

  • BBpost

    You know what I hope they fix? Searching/finding stuff. Want an example? Try finding out if the latest Walking Dead comic has come out without knowing the issue number. Then try searching by the author, then try searching by title. You can't see the issue numbers on phone, tablet or web unless you hover. There is no way to sort by title or release date. And for some reason when you search for "The Walking Dead" under books, you get random results in the middle of the listing that are not called that. It's possibly one of the worst UI experiences in a store I have ever had. Sure, new landing pages are always a nice new shiny thing. However a search company can't get search done correctly in their store.

    • primalxconvoy

      Amen.

  • Rafael Luik

    Users can be tricked into installing 1-star apps (or malicious apps) now because all they're going to see is a beautiful cover image and no rating info. o.O

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    Huh, so Material Design seems to use a lot of super high rez images for backgrounds, and on G+ I was just raising the question of "where the hell is Google going to get all of these images from?" https://plus.google.com/+RonAmadeo/posts/aakq1d24gyb

    A lot of screenshots here seem to be exploring just what "Plan B" should be when there isn't a super-high-rez image available.

    Options seem to be
    1) use a giant company logo (the Vevo picture)
    2) use a solid color instead of a picture (Ready player one)
    3) use the same thing as the thumbnail and blow it up (Phantogram)

    Option #1 looks very redundant, option number #3 is so redundant it's visually confusing, and option #2 works but is kind of plain.

    • miri

      I like #1 and #2 (it's the same as the expandable cards in Google Now) but #3 is kinda messy. I wonder why it's not the artist artwork like it is now in Play Music.

    • Roh_Mish

      Getting those high tea pictures for everything will also burn up your data. (Not much but if you browse play store or other apps that will implement same design, it would be very Mich noticeable.
      They can use all three options (automatic guessing or ask the Dev).

  • joeljfischer

    So let's show absolutely no content without scrolling. Looks pretty, but at this stage, I'd call it functionally unusable.

    • miri

      Yes, I remember reading the study that scrolling was the bane of human existence :P

      Jokes aside, it's still WiP and the general direction is a considerable improvement.

  • fonix232

    What I really want is a damn bigger Install button!

  • Andrew King

    Is it just me... or is the play store green/yellow color a little bit... weird. I was hoping to see that go away.

  • Anorax

    I don't like the tablet UI. I love the phone layout, but the tablet UI bugs me and I don't know why.

  • Max

    WHY NO TRANSPARENT STATUS BAR???!?!11!1!1

    • SwipingWifing

      Well, it's still pre-release.

  • Ivan Feign

    While I love the idea of the material redesign, google needs to set its UX in stone. Until now, it has been standard to have the share button on the top right of an app, in the action bar. Now, inexplicably it isn't? What the hell?

    Seriously, a UX designer needs to be breathing down the necks of their graphic designers and engineers before Google makes Android an inconsistent mess.

  • Pascal

    Therewill be so much scrolling on mobile :(

    • cdnspycat

      Oh, like all those redesigned websites that are supposed to seamlessly scale up from a phone to desktop/laptop. I've never seen so much wasted space and the need for so much unnecessary scrolling, ever!

  • adi

    Expand country availability maybe? Google Play is worthless in snaller countries

  • Bojan Tomic

    Looks amazing! Can't wait!

  • Russ

    The buttons/bar should be translucent, and perhaps they will be when it's final.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Incredibly distracting for no obvious gain. I'm all for more color, but damn this is just waaaaaaay too much.

  • primalxconvoy

    So, style over content (search) again, eh? I couldn't care if Google Play was comprised of comic sans and animated gifs from the 90's, just as long as they had "new games/apps" front and centre, without geo-locked apps and games removed from the search results and include better genre representation of apps and games ("fps", etc) and also better culling of apps that are erroneously included under false genres (like finding "launchers" under "live wallpapers", etc).

    It seems Google is just obsessed with polishing and adding details the fat, bloated turd that is Google Play right now. When will they actually make it a place where people want to go and stay, rather than the place you land in after clicking a link from somewhere else (ie: this site)?

  • Aborto

    Personally I think this *looks* good, but that tablet layout is unusable, its gone from showing ratings, app description and multiple screenshots on the first page to showing pretty much nothing but the install button. How the hell is that a good use of a tablet screen?
    Hopefully just an early WIP.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I had submitted this in Reddit 3 days ago. No one noticed.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/2aawwf/upcoming_ui_of_the_play_store_app_listing/

  • dannyboiii

    They managed to show more information in the phone UI than the tablet UI. How exciting for tablet users!

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    This is a slide shown in I/O of how the play store is going to look on phones. The second slide shows how icons of apps installed for enterprise will look like.

  • Sean Thomas

    this doesn't seem like it fits with the look and feel they showed off in the more dramatic redesigns. Like Play Music, Gmail, Calendar, Dialer, Contacts. There's no bright color schemes and no circle action button...the whole thing just seems like it could be a lot better even under these design guidlines.

    • miri

      This seems like a holo/material intermediary design as they can't really go full material until L launches and there's no primary action to use as a floating action button in a store so it doesn't have one.

      • kashtrey

        There's totally a primary action, Purchasing. The could float a dollar sign for purchases or a download sign for free apps. I don't necessarily think that's a great idea, but it's possible. It would be convenient if the purchase FAB gets pinned to the top bar as you scroll down to read reviews or what not.

      • Sean Thomas

        I know the button thing because of the store, but the fact that they can't do it just exaggerates the feeling I get from it.

  • appleuser

    Wow! That looks ugly.

  • http://www.phonewbie.com/ Jabulani Blyden

    the need to change the color and design of the music app it is disgustingly ugly.

  • Pulagatha

    Is the Store icon next to the Back icon necessary?

  • mgamerz

    Wow. What a waste of space. You can't even see the rating without scrolling!

  • Zak Taccardi

    Everyone is arguing about information density, and no one is noticing the pretty Roboto font that's been updated for L

  • Saurabh Shrivastava

    How do you guys get hands on this ?

  • alexg

    That is a huge waste of space.

  • Himmat Singh

    The iTunes Appstore does more with less. Seriously, this card based thing might be fleetingly nice on the eyes, but it is a deplorable waste of space. Style over substance they say, eh? iTunes is pretty much simply designed and it really does get a whole lot more in a single screen.

  • jules

    Hope my pitchblack theme can still make background of Play Store black, but probably not.

    Google is killing their stock Android for me since KitKat. Growing amount of useless battery draining bloatware and too much white. The eyes blinding and tiring white kills my productivity and longer content consumation on Android.

    Hope modders find a way to fully dark theme L-version or I hope there will be an alternatibe coming. Which in my own experience Windows 8.x and iOS certainly aren't.

    • David Warschauer

      do you have OLED display? if not, your battery will drain regardless of the amount of white or black on your screen.

  • http://mbs-p-b.com/ Mike Bates

    Good to see the new tablet version utilizing space so efficiently. s

    -_-

  • Roh_Mish

    No doubt the design is good but the information density is too less ( specialty on tablets).
    They are also dropping all that "personal touch" thru bragged about and said was an important part of holo. Naming persons in your circles who +1'd it was one example they always have in their videos.
    Also they are making the design too bright. Animation are everywhere. You can turn off the animation or speed it up but this is them going apple way and putting unnecessary animations everywhere. And as applications put animations everywhere when they upgrade from holo to meterial, this is going to get worse.

  • Peter

    When are they going to add any meaningful search and filtering system?

    • flosserelli

      You would think the world's biggest search company would have figured this out already.

  • Daniel Timóteo

    I think that some people still like the retro Webdesign like the 90's
    http://www.arngren.net/

  • BoFiS

    Ugh, so we can see less information on the screen without scrolling? And that's a good thing why?

  • https://plus.google.com/+SamanthaGobert/ Samantha Gobert

    I'm squealing

  • retired

    So ugly. My eyes hurt. Switching to Windows Phone this year. Im done with Google.

  • kamiller42

    Great. Another Play redesign. Yet, Google Voice is a bastard child and plagued with problems. Google Maps is a fraction of is better older self. But don't things look pretty! Ugh.

  • dhruva

    weirdos. its so pretty

  • Stephan Tayler

    "Give me one good reason why I should never make a change...."
    "....And baby if you hold me then all of this will go away...."

    Unfortunately, Material Design has possessed all of us across the Googleverse.

    "jai guru deva om"

  • dhruva

    is that a new battery indicator?

  • arrow2010

    I don't get it - are these leaks?

  • MadJo

    I hate the fact that the buttons in the play store (which are now on the same location on every app page) will move around now with the new redesign. I really think it's a bad design move.

  • Jason B

    You know, the Play Store should automatically go full-screen on KK. My AMOLED screen will thank you, Google.

  • ilovegoogleglass 🎮

    meh

  • rj

    Its a Google+