Google Play Store starts rolling out new design... violates its own Material Design guidelines

Google has started rolling out a new design for the Play Store... and it goes right against one of the fundamental principles of Material Design.

Namely, it uses nested tabs, a technique that Google explicitly says should not be used and instead recommends using content hierarchy in different forms.

So basically what you get now is a bunch of categories, and underneath another list of tabs, and in some cases even a third list of tabs with this new design of the Google Play Store.

Of course, this is not something major that will impact users in a big way, but it's strange that Google itself violates Material Design principles in such an obvious way. And here is a screenshot with Google's own instructions on how Material Design should actually be implemented.

source: 9to5Google



1. epdm2be

Posts: 830; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

They should start by not calling that FUGLY monstrosity "material design". Again, I associate material design woth skeuomorpism, marble, wood or brushed metal textures, distinctive buttons perhaps in shiny plastic look , beautifully crafted multi-colour icons etc... And now when they break their own guidelines it's clear to me that those bozos at google are full of s**t!

2. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Take a hike in the park, dude, to cool off some...

6. Avieshek unregistered

Or, cum off some..

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Looks better than the translucent, neon mess they call iOS.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is not article about iOS. F*ck off

11. Nopers unregistered

Not everything is about iOS bud. Stop projecting your insecurities and take the article for what it is. Another Google U-turn resulting in a confusing clusterf**k of an App Store.

5. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 407; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I imagine Google did not want to take the term 'Material' and apply is so literally, that would just be expected and uninspired (in my opinion). I feel it would be a regression of sorts as IOS had a visually material inspired interface before the current iteration. Even Samsung OS had a more nature/'material' inspired take.

7. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Material design biggest disadvantage is wastage of space.If that is fixed material design is perfect.

8. Dunexus

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

This is not nested tab bar but "bottom navigation" (​n.html ). Ofc its not supposed to be placed under tabs.


Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2017

True, but they also aren't supposed to have more than 5 items, and not scrollable: "Avoid scrollable content in the bottom navigation bar." "Avoid using more than five destinations in bottom navigation as tap targets will be situated too close to one another."

9. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Material design is workable with minimalist layouts but the transparencies of the status bar on Android 5.0 and above tend to screw with color consistency assuming the version you are on doesn't automatically adjust to the app color 100%. In other words, it's not perfect, and OEM's messed up the system UI by leaving some Kitkat 4.4.4 elements in popup menus. I play around with a lot of prepaid Android smartphones from Alcatel and ZTE, as well as Coolpad. Trust me they've gotten lazy adhering to GOOGLE's design language a few times.

10. KingSam

Posts: 1516; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

And on youtube, the new design is how ios handles tabs.

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