Google Play Store 5.0 released with Material Design overhaul

Google Play Store 5.0 released with Material Design overhaul
We knew it was on the way, and the Google Play Store 5.0 update has finally started rolling out. The update should make it to everyone over the next week, and when it does, you'll be getting the new Material Design UI overhaul that has been expected. The Material Design changes have creeped into the Play Store before on the content pages, but now it extends throughout the app.

We have seen what to expect with the Play Store 5.0 update, so there isn't all that much that is surprising. As we saw in the original leak, the update to version 5.0 changes the color scheme a bit, extends the color of the title bar to the section tabs below, and makes the section bars on the home page solid colors. 

But, there are also a few smaller changes that we didn't know were coming. The first is that Google has changed the Play Store icon itself. The Play shopping bag is now grey, with a slightly larger Play icon, and a paper-like handle, which goes along with the overall "papery" feel of Material Design. The "What's New" section of app listings has been moved to the top. And, the other small change that we didn't get to see in the leak is the changes to the hamburger menu, which has changed the icons used for the various sections (Store home, My apps, My wishlist, and People). 

The update to the Google Play Store is rolling out now, and should make it out to everyone in the next week or so. If you want to grab it now, you can jump to the source for links. 




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14 Comments

1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

From Android Market to the Google play store, and here comes v5.0. Google Android is becoming more mature, stable and beautiful. Hi there iOS.

6. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Both Android and iOS got their visual cues from Windows Phone.

8. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

But I guess Google and Apple are doing a better job with it than MS, since both Android and iOS are gaining market shares while WP keeps failing.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Take a WP device and an android device with Android L (dev. preview) to any random stranger and ask him if there are any similarities at all. You'll get your answer right there. TIP: Wear a helmet to avoid sore cheeks from hand prints.

12. potatosalad

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2012

this material design? you'll not gonna get it from your beloved Touchwiz, Xperia, etc.

14. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Ever heard of Cyanogenmod?

2. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

*Passes out*

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Oh love it, its iOS like now.

4. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

The APK doesnt seem to work on the Android L Preview

5. jesusnexo unregistered

android L is coming,,,,,

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looks like Michael had a chance to play around with the new design.

9. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

You can also force the update by going into the Play Store/Settings/ and tapping on Build Version. There should be a little pop up window that says something like "A new version of Google Play Store will be downloaded and installed". I know this because I just did that on my Note 3. (I actually found that out by accident because I just tapped on Build Version to see what would happen, I was on like version 4.9.93 or something).

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Also Google Chrome is updated with the new Material Design.

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

Won't work for everyone. I tried it. It said it was up to date.

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