The recent Play Store update to 4.9.13 brought with it a few Material Design elements especially visible in the app and content pages. We're now starting to see a new addition to the app page: a more prominent download number badge shown right next to the rating, category, and the +1 recommendations from your friends. Previously, the download number was written in text below the Install button, or hidden deep inside the app's description, under Read More. The badge is definitely a more visual way to spot it.

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Left: old - Right: new

The badge won't show for apps with 0 downloads (like the first screenshot below), but will appear when there's more than 1 download. It changes in color too, going through these shades:

  • 1 to 5000 downloads: grey
  • 10,000 to 50,000: blue
  • 100,000 to 500,000: green
  • 1 million and above: orange

thumb-play-store-badges-0 thumb-play-store-badges-1 thumb-play-store-badges-5000

thumb-play-store-badges-10000 thumb-play-store-badges-50000 thumb-play-store-badges-100000

thumb-play-store-badges-500000 thumb-play-store-badges-1000000 thumb-play-store-badges-1000000000

This is a welcome change, especially when you're quickly checking an app and want to know whether it's worth downloading or not. If it has a small number of downloads, you should look carefully at its description and permissions to assess whether or not it's safe (and worth it) to try.

You should see these badges on the same Play Store version, 4.9.13, which means that this is a server-side change that requires no updates on your part.

Thanks +Vítek Petrů!

Rita El Khoury
Rita is a pharmacist by profession, a geek by passion. Her love story with Android started in 2009 and has been going stronger with every update, device, tip, app, and game. She lives in Lebanon, speaks three languages, and watches a lot of TV series.

  • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

    I still don't even have the play store update that adds "cover photos".

    EDIT: well apparently i do,

    • Grayson

      I don't either. Google's rollout system SUCKS!

  • http://www.plus.google.com/+TommyNunno yodatom10

    So it wasn't my imagination that those download numbers changed over night :)

  • Rob Fetterhoff

    I wish it was real time numbers. Not the rounded close enough number.

    • Tomáš Petrík

      But it is the same as before, it used to say 10,000,000+, now you have it in a circle.

      • Rob Fetterhoff

        I know. But seeing real time numbers like 1,538,287 downloads would be cool. It updates anytime there is a download.

        • markostamcar

          That is confidental info and most developers wouldn't want it public ;)

        • Tomáš Petrík

          Besides being sensitive data, how accurate would that be? The number changes constantly. How often would it update? Etc...

    • John Smith

      I agree. I don't see what's so confidential / sensitive about *real* numbers instead of rounded numbers. The ranges are so large that they mean very little - why show it at all ?

  • jpelgrom

    Would've liked units in the circle though (1, 5K, 20K, 25M, 1B, etc.) - the bar is breaking the circle too much in my opinion.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    I was glad to see that finally I got a new version when it was actually new, not three weeks later - and then I see it is server side.

  • Deeco

    I prefer the old method....

  • sir_tech

    I am loving the new design.
    Are there any changes for the home screen coming as well?

    • Michael

      Kind of wondering the same. I haven't really seen anything.

    • DonEmu

      That will probably roll out with the new version of Android. Even if they keep the basic look the same, they would at the very least change the top bar to be more material design.

      • Nomaan

        They will need to change the card list view i think.....its one of the "don'ts" for material design if i remember correctly.

        • Dennis Ulijn

          i doubt that, since there are 2 new widgets introduced in android L support library: RecyclerView and CardView. (https://developer.android.com/preview/material/ui-widgets.html)

          • Nomaan

            I was talking about this.

          • Dennis Ulijn

            As per google design guidelines: This should not be a scannable list instead of cards because each item has multiple actions and it's not homogenous content (title of app/movie/track is important content that should be display on the card). I can see where you're coming from, though. I think there is a better design for the store's front page.

  • markostamcar

    What about 10M, 50M, 100M and 1B? No color love for them?

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt Rita El Khoury

      They all fall in the orange range (the last screenshot is Gmail with 1B and orange). I only put the lower and higher value at which each color appears - and yes, I did go and try to find anything from 5 downloads to 10 downloads to 100M downloads just to be sure when the badge changes :)

      • markostamcar

        Hey Rita. I know, it was a rhetorical question :) Maybe in the next update :)

  • NF

    AP you need to get your act together. First new is on the left, then on the right? Can anyone take it?!

  • besthiroeu

    Hz vozni red wearable is so useful (for Croatian trains), too bad wear is not available here yet! :)

  • ncs

    I hope in the next versions they finally decide to prominently show the app size as well

    • Android Developer

      the app size is already there...
      Click on "read more", and scroll to the bottom.

      • Guest


        • Android Developer

          oh, ok.

    • Grayson

      I'm just pissed that apps with in-app purchases don't show when they were last updated. It just says in-app purchases where the last updated date is for other apps. Retarded that those two completely unrelated things are mutually exclusive.

      • Sokudoningyou

        Yeah, these last few updates have been shit in regards to last app update dates. Which for me is a pretty damn important feature.

  • Simon Belmont

    I still haven't received that updated Google Play Store. In fact, I still don't have the bug fixer 4.8.22 version that had the older design (I'm still on the 4.8.20 version).

    I know I could sideload it, but I wanted to see how long it would take to get to ALL of my devices (I did sideload it to my B&N Nook Color running Android 4.4.4). Looks like quite a while.

    • Grayson

      I still don't have it either. Not on my Nexus 5. Not on my One M8. Google takes for damn ever to roll out updates sometimes. I don't get it.

    • Ramiro Fernandez

      You're not alone, I'm also on 4.8.20

      I wonder if they stopped the roll out for some reason, or if the rollout broke somehow?

    • Peter

      i just received it on all my devices yesterday.

      try tapping the version number of the app and it might update.

      • Simon Belmont

        @ramiro_fernandez:disqus @gtg465x:disqus @disqus_Jj8ZZd6BPC:disqus Just got it! I guess I should have complained sooner because it showed up a couple hours after I posted above.

        I think they're rolling it out more widely now. Funny timing!

        • Ramiro Fernandez

          Haha literally just got it then as well.

          Some Google employees must be reading AP comments; "oops, forgot to finish that off"

  • rmkilc

    It needs to prominently show the last updated date. I hate having to dig deep down to find it. The last updated date is the first thing I look at. Not the download count or ratings. If it's something from 2012 or prior, I don't even consider the app.

    • Simon Belmont

      Really good point. I rarely consider apps that haven't seen steady recent updates, and they've sort of downplayed this in the latest version of the Google Play Store.

      I want to know that an app is still getting solid support. I hope Google prioritizes that information in a future update.

      • makapav

        I don't consider an app that's even in 2013 unless it's a very basic utility.

      • rmkilc

        I wish there was a way to filter by date last updated. When I do a search for something, let me filter out everything that hasn't been updated within the last X number of months. The search box has no use to me lately. I don't want to see a huge list of irrelevant stone-age apps when I do a search.

        I also wish there was a way to filter out non-HOLO apps (and Material in the future). But now I'm really dreaming. :)

        • Simon Belmont

          Quite frankly. Google really needs to make the search aspect of the Google Play Store much better. ;)

          It's actually pretty dumb and often just pulls up results that aren't really related or are not that intuitive as to what you want. You'd think a search company could make the search in their app store work better. :)

      • black

        You realize, the date doesn't reflect the apk update date. Even when they update the description, that date gets changed.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yes. Very true.

          But I'd rather buy an app from a developer even bothering to update the description recently than one who hasn't touched it in 2-3 years. I'm also guessing that at least 90% of the time if the developer is updating the description, it's probably because he or she updated the app, too.

    • Tom

      Yeah I'd like that as well!

    • jonathan3579

      I completely agree! Although I think this update looks significantly better now and I'm gaining more faith in Material Design as it progresses. I wasn't sold on it at first.

  • mgamerz

    That system menu bar has some terrible icons it.

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt Rita El Khoury

      Screenshots were taken on my LG G2, no root, no custom ROMs. I apologize for LG's ugliness, but it works for me ;)

  • Damian

    I don't like new version of Play Store, but I would forget about that if they would bring back removal of multiple apps at once in My Apps section.

  • john doe

    whats application is the light icon on top left ? see it on a lot of screenshot.

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt Rita El Khoury

      Lux auto brightness. Brilliant app.

  • Grayson

    I don't even have the damn material design yet, on either my Nexus 5 or my One M8. Screw trollouts!

  • Eloy Antunez

    the play store needs to show what games have the play store achievements similar to how the mobile play store shows it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Qoigord

    And AP keeps on deleting my comments smh

  • Timothy Roberts

    got it through the manual download link, so far so good! Thanks AP!

  • Zyre

    Why haven't I received the update for my Nexus 4? I'm running 4.4.4 :(

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    I must be retarded, because ever since I updated to the "Material design" Play store a few weeks ago, I haven't been able to figure out how to Google +1 anything anymore!

    I can see other people in my circles who've +1'd, and the total count of people who've +1'd, and a section for me to add a regular star-rating and REVIEW of the app, but no big OBVIOUS or UNOBVIOUS way to +1 it myself.


    • http://retardedgeniuscomics.tumblr.com najodleglejszy

      on the very very very VERY bottom of the app's page. very VERY bottom.

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        Wow. Not very intuitive. Thanks. The box with the black outline which says "+1'd This" below it is ALSO a button. If it turns red, then your account has +1d too.

        • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

          I so agree with this and want to +1 your comment but...

          • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

            I see what you did there...


  • Nomaan

    I think there is one more change , the "about google" in hamburger menu. Or did i miss it b4?

  • Abudi

    The size of the application should be prominent. I hate having to go into the description and scrolling all the way to the bottom just to see that.