Jan 08 AT 7:41 PM Dustin Earley 18 Comments

Web-based Google Play store updated with Roboto


Google took the redesign of Android very seriously when they first launched Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Going as far as creating a custom font for use throughout the OS, named Roboto. Outside of Android, Roboto rarely makes an appearance in Google products, but it looks like that’s about to change.

If you head on over to the web-based version of the Google Play store right now, you’ll notice things look a bit different. Perhaps a bit more modern. That’s because Google has revamped all of the text in the Play store with Roboto.

Overall, I think Roboto looks good on a website. The Play store feels more like a bridge to Android now than it ever has before. But it’s not perfect. As Android Police’s Eric Ravenscraft points out, smaller font doesn’t scale as nicely as other more popular web-fonts. Other than that, it works well. It’s a relatively small change that makes a big difference.

What do you think of Google’s switch to Roboto for the web-based Google Play store? Head over there now and let us know, or check out some actions shots below.

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Via: Android Police

Source: Google Play

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Vance

    I was just there checking out BodBot (cool app btw) and noticed something was different! I’m not sure if I love it or not… I guess I’m indifferent? :D

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  • alex8ion

    I think it looks great! However I think google should only do this for services that are directly related to android. While I love the roboto font, I wouldn’t rush to put it on google itself.

    • Viakenny

      Well, Google Play is directly Android-related.

  • RonakG

    It definitely looks better.

  • alexanderharri3

    It sure so a add an android feel around android properties.

  • John Zwiers

    How about they update Google Play with inventory of the Nexus 4 and Chromebook!

  • BigRedd

    Wait, so Google’s self-driving car program has really been a project to bring me 25-cent fudgesicles whenever it’s hot outside?
    I approve. So much.

    • YMS123

      Amen to that!

  • VS

    I use the font at work and displays well. Sadly, I’ll have to change it soon since it just comes over as very smal arial font.

    The Store update is nice and good readability.

  • hurracayne

    Not bad. It makes my default device my tablet when I browse the web store.

  • rsanchez1

    Hopefully that means good news for adding other Android-based features to the web-based store. I’d still like to see the ability to add apps to wishlist and remove apps from library on the Google Play website.

  • donger

    Nice upgrade.

  • Kaoxt

    Is it me or are the “E”s really off? It’s missing the middle line on the “E”.

    For example under Top Albums, The LUMINEERS, the EE’s are off.

  • Froojr

    Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto

  • Nathan D.

    That awesome, I hope they do more little upgrades to the site