Google Play Store 5.0 leaks with Material redesign


Android L is likely going to be released sometime within the next 6 weeks or so, and Google still has work to do in updating its own suite of apps for the Material Design changes on the way. An update hit recently for Hangouts and partially to Chrome a while back, and now we're seeing a leak for the Play Store redesign.

The Play Store content pages has already seen a visual update bringing it closer to the Material Design aesthetics, but it looks like version 5.0 of the Play Store is on the way, which will complete the update. As you can see in the images below (where the current design is on the left and the update is on the right), the update will be bringing color to the navigation tabs, making it blend in with the title bar. The colors themselves are getting slight changes with the Apps green, Music orange, and Books blue getting darker, and the Movies red and Newsstand blue getting lighter. The typography is also getting a bit bolder than before. 

As you can see with the title image above, there are also changes coming to the app icons associated with the various sections of the Play Store. They are all flatter and look good, but we would say that the Newsstand icon doesn't really provide the easily inferred meaning that the others do. It kind of looks more like a radio than anything from the print world. 

No word on when the update to the Google Play Store will be released, but it should be fairly soon. 


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48 Comments

1. wilsong17 unregistered

nice bring it on

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah beautiful and innovative it is, the Material UI. Can't wait to hands on with it.

29. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Innovative. Wait....hahahahaha, really? It's total ripoff from last Sense but of course Google is innovative. But IMO material design is ugly, Google has problems with designers, coz Sense looks similiar and yet much much better.

43. smarttechbadworld

Posts: 74; Member since: May 07, 2014

Omg now you can buy books music and movies on playstore thays cool

47. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Well not everyone like every UIs. I love WP's metro/modern UI but I know some who don't. Every one has different tastes. And I called it innovative because in material UI google did something different than apple and WP. They used papers,card kinda things which are real world object as well as flat and that's unique and innovative for me. And I live htc sense too. Its the best customs UI for me.

31. infinitymurano2012

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Its really funny how when Apple does something that Google has done before its "iSteal", "iCopy" etc etc but when Google goes flat design exactly like what Apple did a year ago, its innovation. Seriously, I always thought Apple pays its fans top troll under each article, but now its clear that Google has overtaken Apple in overpaying its androcolouses!!!

32. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'm an android user, and agree that some of these fans are too much. Google is like Jesus to them....lol.

48. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I'm a WP user and I love android's new UI. And I don't care for google . google is just another company for me let alone Jesus lol.

35. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Yep. Wrong word. It's evolving, move on, next step, changed style.

42. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Lol what??? Google has been pushing flat UI using since honeycomb(2010)... Google does everything gradually.... Unlike apple..who pushed new UI on developers and users forcefully.....

44. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, and on iOS 99% adopted their apps but on Android every app looks different and much worse than on iOS.

46. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Wtf??? If anyone google inspired then it is WP. No credits for Apple for google going flat. Its All goes to WP who changed whole design industry. Besides here google does something different than apple and WP. They used papers,card kinda things which are real world object as well as flat and that's innovative for me. Apple simply hammered their existing UI. I'm not a fan of google I use WP and I give credit where it is due.

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Prefer the one on the left the current design. But I couldn't care less as long as I can still access play store and its vast apps collection.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Love this. What would have put the cherry on top is the ask for me to download.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Isn't it auto usually?

19. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

maybe, but to update just go into play store->settings->and tap the build number to manually check for updates:)

36. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I didn't know I could do that, thanks for the tip.

3. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Finally. Play Store is an eye sore when I use it.

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well yea, anything would be on that small a screen, 3 more days though, then you can get a larger iDevice.

10. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Wouldn't it be a bigger eyesore on a bigger screen? Play Store def needed that minimalist UI treatment

12. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Are you mental lol? Didnt know I had Play Store on my iPhone. Pathetic attempt at hating hahahaha. What a zombie you are. +1 upvote for trying :)

17. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I really didn't see much of a difference between the two so if you think it's an eyesore now it's still going to be an eyesore when it's updated.

4. CLmaster

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

News are kind of late these days in PA

5. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Flat looks are awesome.

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yes Flat is indeed awesome, Microsoft was onto the design language of the future when they introduced it on WP in 2010. I knew it was just a matter of time before it took over the planet.

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Indeed it is. And I love Google's approach with Material UI by staying flat along with some real world materials like papers and cards.

18. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

i don't think material is flat. it uses layers and s**t. just cleaner, but not flat

21. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Actually it is flat but not as flat as WP,iOS . Because google still use real world materials in their UI like cards and papers cutting etc etc. And yes there is layers and stuffs but no more 3D like shades and pooping up objects so I think it is flat. (just my opinion though.)

23. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I respect your opinion however in mine it is as Flat as WP and iOS colors and all, both iOS and Android has followed Microsoft design language. What you call Cards are basically tiles that holds content over chrome information wise.

28. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

True both Apple and Google followed the trend Microsoft started with WP and its metro design language. Well we can't blame them because it is one of the coolest features of WP which made me switch to WP. But if you put cards are just tiles then tiles are just widgets which user cannot interact with uniform looks. And I believe it is, but Microsoft use it in a unique innovative way like google did with material UI. I mean look at what Apple did with iOS UI. They just made everything simply flat but google did it in a different way. They made it flat as well as given some unique and innovative touches such as papers,cards etc so I think Google did a great job. I hope u get my point.

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