Jun 25 AT 8:42 AM Anthony Domanico 46 Comments

Google revamping Play Store for Jelly Bean?


Google I/O is set to take off this week, and we’re slowly learning what Google may have in store for the next version of Android. Aside from a Nexus Tablet certain to make its debut at the show, the operating system the tablet will run on, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, will also feature some new enhancement for the Android faithful. A rumor out this morning suggests that Google may have revamped the Google Play Store for Android, with a redesigned UI more akin to that of the desktop Play Store.

Jelly Bean Play Store

A Google+ post by Loranz Yousif (via HD Blog)¬†give us a first glimpse at what a redesigned Play Store might look like. Across the top of the home screen is a rolling bar of popular applications, and a scrollable list of “What’s Hot” applications are found at the bottom. If this sounds familiar, it should. This is almost exactly what the Android Market looked like before the current version (see gallery at the end of this post).

While it doesn’t really make sense that Google would shy away from the redesign effort it rolled out with the Google Play rebrand and go back to a style it has already moved away from, it doesn’t mean we won’t see Play Store changed in some way. There are always improvements to be had, and I personally prefer the scrollable list of popular apps over the current setup. Of course, anything’s possible, and we’re just a few short days away from the Jelly Bean unveil.

What do you think of the mockup of the new Play Store? Is this the final look of the Play Store for Android 4.1, or will we see something totally different (or, no change) this week at I/O?

Jelly Bean Play Store Old Android Market

Via: HD Blog

Source: loranz Yousif (Google+)

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  • redraider133

    I like the new look. Anything to make it more streamlined.

    • http://www.facebook.com/williamhester William Hester

      It is actually old, in a way. The Android Market on version 1.0 actually looked similar. http://www.thesearethedroids.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/androidmarket1.png
      Obviously not exactly the same, as the new one is much more polished, but it definitely has the same design ideas.

    • MobilePhonesFan

      Oh, give me a break. Guys, before posting random images it wouldn’t hurt to do a few seconds of scrolling down through the “leaker’s” previous posts.

      This Yousif fellow from Google Plus regularly submits ‘shops and mock-ups. After some questioning, he now admits this ‘Market’ image is a fake, too.

  • Varemenos

    I still prefer the old one (2.2) than the current one. Hopefully the new one is better

  • Tony

    I like how the different store types are all on the bottom(movies, music, books..). Although I’m not sure why they’re moving away from the 2 apps per row look(maybe it’s just the featured area). But it def needs a redesign, altho I like the specific app page design, but the rest of the app needs to be changed.

  • Tony

    I’m just curious what that square icon on the bottom right next to the books icon?

    • Tony

      Ahh just translated the source, apparently they don’t know but it could be the Magazine store tab.

    • Andres


    • NotRelevent

      Looks like the movies icon.

  • jenskristian

    Honestly, I don’t care how the Play Store looks. I just want Jelly Bean :-P

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  • Nate B.

    They need to get these devs to make quality hi Res icons and user interfaces. I’m picky with that. Its like things don’t match.

  • Stigy

    Why are they using bottom tabs / icons though? The ICS design guidelines specifically mention not using tabs on the bottom. Not sure how I would navigate through the store otherwise though.

    Besides that though, I like how it looks. This is going to be one exciting Google I/O!

    • GeorgeV

      To be honest, I’ve always thought tabs at the top felt like a bad UX decision, mostly done to be “different” from iOS. It’s harder to reach the taps at the top, especially with large phones, so most UI elements should be at the bottom or something, not at the top.

      • Alexandros

        Thats why they have introduced ViewPager (sliding pages)

    • erikiksaz

      I’m curious how WebOS’s store looked. I’m guessing that the design guy Matios might deviate in that direction.

      • xallies

        I hope he adds gestures to the UI. It made WebOS so much fun

  • noojAb

    I just hope they improve the multitasking UI in jelly bean.

    Atm, I prefer to have 12 icons on screen at once(CM7) than to have to scroll, 3 windows on screen at a time.

  • spazby

    Looks better

  • droilfade

    I like the tabs. Less intrusive to content on the screen. I just hope with this release (if at all it sees the light) they get the play store right. Make it less confusing and more intuitive and easy to find apps. *fingers crossed*

  • Trinhbo

    I agree with jenskristian’s comment about not caring what the Play Store looks like. I actually want them to fix it so that you can remove applications that you’ve once downloaded from your history. It’s annoying when you try some apps out and they stink and you immediately uninstall but they always remain in your previous apps history.

  • hector

    Tested in a Galaxy SIII and not in a Galaxy Nexus? Uhmmmm…

    • hector

      Forget it. So that’s “what it might look like.” Yeah, and it might look like a giraffe.

    • SGB101

      It may need quad core to run ;o)

  • AppleFUD

    I’m still waiting for some real filtering capability in the Play store. . . FFS

  • SGB101

    As much as it pains me to say, if they can get it half as good as itunes, they will sell a shed load more tablets.

    We need it to offer the content apple do. For phones this is not that important but for tablets its a must.

    And ffs Google bring music to the UK.

    • SGB101

      By itunes I mean the mobile integration they have with the iPad, and not the shitty windows client

  • JayB95


    This is the link to watch Google io live when it starts on the 27th. I can’t wait to check out all the new stuff and the Nexus tab.

  • Darren

    If you go to the source’s Google+ page that this was posted on and look through his post history, he makes mock-ups of apps. I don’t think he ever intended for this to be reflected as an actual redesign, although he definitely could have done a better job of pointing that out.

    • loranz

      Wow. Definitely didn’t intend on anything. Yes it is a fake and just a mock up. I do this a lot with Google apps. My previous posts should show a few more. Here’s the actual I did. https://picasaweb.google.com/103571515936374961838/ScrapbookPhotos#5758086447686567362

      If I’ve known it would cause such rumor, I would have mentioned that it is just a mock up.

      More of my stuff can be found here. d-made.deviantart.com

      Thanks. :)

      • James Jun

        You caused quite the stir :P

        • loranz

          I know, I was kinda shocked to see it everywhere. lol.

  • kwills88

    I am hoping for more tabs, instead of just my apps and installed apps section, maybe a purchased apps Page for all the apps you bought and a free apps section.

  • jamal adam

    I like the improvements.

  • MoSDeeb

    Looks better than the current version.

  • Nathan D.

    Not bad at all

  • Anjie Cai

    I hate how they show a bunch of crap in the all apps section. I move between devices a lot and can’t find old apps i want. Wish it had all the purchased apps on the top like before :( can’t delete app installed history, super cluttered with random install order. Just wish google can change that or give us an option in the play store settings.

  • Taylor

    The Play Store is becoming like Facebook: a constant stream of tweaks and changes.

  • A.Woodbury

    I agree, I don’t see why they would make such a drastic change from the current Play Store look since they just launched it, but then again change keeps things fresh.

  • loranz

    And just a quick apology for stirring this up and having people post a whole article about it. Certainly didn’t mean too.

    • Mix

      I guess people have missed that you mocked this up, clean looking though!

      • loranz

        Thanks. =)

  • Jorge Vieira

    I hope that it doesn’t change I love how the play store Is now I think this would be a downgrade!

  • JayB95

    Sooooo…. let’s see how many more people are going to blow right by the comment from the guy who actually created the mock up. :p

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