Google Play Store to soon reorganize the main navigation options

Google Play Store to soon reorganize the main navigation options

It looks like there are changes coming to the Google Play Store to change the way you navigate content. The big change is to switch from having six category tabs at the top of the Play Store home page - apps, games, movies & TV, music, books, and newsstand - there will now be just two options - apps & games, and entertainment.

As you can see in the image above, the change will create two main tabs on the Play Store home page, one for apps & games and one for entertainment. The end result does create a cleaner look and an spot for the big image at the top of the home page, but it will also mean that instead of having all of the categories right there up front, it will take an extra tap to get to the category you want to browse. 

Google UI engineer Kirill Grouchnikov posted the image on Google+, but didn't give any indication on when the change might be coming, he only said it would be "soon". 

It definitely has some visual appeal but it will mean navigation takes a slight hit. The change may be worth it for those who search more than they browse though. What do you all think? Let us know in the comments.

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8 Comments

1. GeekMovement unregistered

Hmm... it does look better, but I think I prefer the option of seeing the 6 categories right away. Anyway, I always welcome change and don't think I will mind the extra click or slide or whatever it takes to get to the other categories.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5592; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also there needs to be an option to filter out games from the apps section

8. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

There should be a filter that allows for multiple selections. It's very frustrating trying to find an app I have previously purchased but no longer have installed.. if I can't remember the exact name "hmm.. I had this good calendar widget I purchased.." the only way to find it is to endlessly scroll.

2. Deadeye37

Posts: 277; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

It would be REALLY nice if they could give filters for searches. IE - last update, size, price, rating, etc. Another thing that would be very helpful is to be able to do the same organization with your apps when viewing them. Organize by time bought, name, etc. I hate seeing a random grid of apps that I can't organize (on my computer), or a list in the app.

4. monoke

Posts: 1118; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

It's really quite pathetic they don't have this by now. It's ok google to copy iphone app store, they do it all they time. lol.

3. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Google back again changing for the sake of changing should have learned their lesson after the hatred most have for the new Youtube app layout.

5. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

2 categories: Apps & Games and Entertainment? They should have contacted me. Games are apps and they can all be entertainment. If this is the layout they want I would have gone with more to the point monikers of "Apps" and "Media".

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Side-note I miss the old Play Store icon. They need to redesign that ugly Material Design icon imo

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