First look at the all new Google Play Store 4.0 with revamped Card-ified UI [VIDEO]


While the vast majority of us are currently running Google Play Store version 3.10.14, it appears as if a leaked build of the all new, Card-ified Play Store version 4.0.16 has leaked into the wild and it has completely revamped Google’s online marketplace. As we mentioned, things look a whole lot more simpler and easier to view than before with a cleaner, more card-like interface.

One of the biggest changes — besides the UI of course — is the removal of the “App will be downloaded and installed” screen, meaning that when you click on “install,” Google Play does just that and you can continue viewing the app listing. No more annoying back button, no more “Keep Shopping” button. Also, it appears as if all apps are auto-updated by default, with a new option to select if you don’t want an app to auto-update. An interesting move, no doubt.

You can watch the full hands on via the video below, we don’t imagine it’ll be too much longer before we’ll be enjoying this latest update on our own devices (at the very longest it’ll be introduced with Key Lime Pie during Google I/O in May). What do you guys think of the new Google Play Store? Anyone absolutely hate it?

[via Droid-Life]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. WOW. you guys are always ahead of everyone. i cant wait for this

  2. I love the new update, regarding the bigger pictures etc… meh, I don’t care, it does look a little nicer but that doesn’t matter a ton to me… however, I LOVE that they got rid of that stupid page after you hit download, it was very clunky and completely useless. I’m really glad they simplified it and got rid of that!

    1. Meh meh meh

    2. It’s still not official, though.
      Don’t jump the gun.

    3. Can they update the Navigator app with the Holo theme?

  3. Looks a lot cleaner that the current version.

  4. Google needs to stop copying iOS and put the top control bar on the bottom – above the soft keys. We all have 4+ inch phones. stretching your thumbs to the top is uncomfortable.

    We don’t need a secondary “back” button either. They should just make sure that when you press back, before the app returns to the home screen you should get a pop-up asking if you really want to go back the homescreen. How many times have you clicked “back” and ended up on the homescreen on accident?

    1. That’s what the home button is for?

      What would be ideal is a unified Back experience; some apps the back button has different effects than others. Although that’s more on the developers side, Google could make it part of the API protocol, they’re big enough now that they don’t have to worry about developers leaving the ecosystem.

      1. the “Anywhere But Here” button… is how someone so eloquently named it…

        1. Pretty spot on, I’d say. It’s a nightmare in Youtube and Facebook apps, especially.

    2. Standard UX having nothing to do with iOS. Sheep fail.

    3. What does this have to do with a play store update?

      Anyway, since you obviously don’t know. Apple copied Android.. iOS didn’t have a pull down notification bar on top like Android until iOS 5. Android has always had it.

    4. loltroll. +1 would read again.

  5. Ahhh, do NOT like the default auto update idea. No, don’t like that at all. >…<

    1. Same here,

      I need to manually approve each update (for some apps the approval process is more like a “cool, let’s see what new goodies this update has in store for us”-process)

    2. If for no reason beyond checking what sneaky new permissions may have been added, NO auto update by default.

  6. Barney

  7. I hope all the apps I don’t want to update don’t end up updating automatically as soon as the play store updates itself. Time to play it safe and make some backups.

    1. Check 1.24 in the video. They have options for it.

    2. YUP

  8. There had better be a way to disable the new auto-update ON default, or I’ll be a very unhappy camper.

    I have never used auto-update on Android, Windoze, or Linux, because I like to read the CHANGELOG (or “What’s New”), so that I can keep track of what I’m getting, or not getting as the case may be, BEFORE the update is applied.

    1. Check 1.24 in the video. It has the option to disable it.

      1. Double-checked. Thanks.

    2. You betcha!

  9. Anyone else getting deja vu? The brighter look brings back memories of the Android Market. Hopefully they include a separate section for paid and unpaid apps.

  10. It looks good for me but what I definitely will not like is the default auto-update because I have a limited data-plan and also not a very fast Internet at home. So I hope there is an option to switch auto-update off per default or that I will not forget to turn it off by each installation.

    1. Check 1.24 in the video.

    2. Yet another valid reason to NOT set AU default on.

  11. I’m calling it now. Key lime pie will have a totally upgraded ui the will be built around how Google now looks. It all makes sense seeing the new play store, how google now looks, and the new google note app. Revert back to this post in May if i am wrong and make me eat fecal matter. I bet it will resemble this http://m.lifehacker.com/5981918/the-holo-cards-home-screen

    1. I love that UI so I’ll be crossing my fingers :)

    2. They will do that eventually, but I don’t think Key Lime Pie will be that update.
      Most people are still on Gingerbread, so the whole 4.x experience is still lost on them.
      They won’t issue another drastic UI change just yet. (the XDA tv video also had another argument why Key Lime Pie won;t issue drastic updates. They say that UI updates mostly come with a change in the GMail app first. Seeing how we got an update to GMail recently, it is improbable that they will update it yet again in KLP, so KLP will likely not have a new UI. BUT this gmail-app-ui-update thing could just be skipped for this time, so stay tuned at i/o)

      1. You can’t really say most people, the fragmentation is really, really improving. By the time KLP drops and is pushed to the Q1/Q2 flagships, it’ll be a safe bet that ICS/JB will be the dominant with Gingerbread users declining at a steady pace.

        That being said, I agree with your sentiment. KLP won’t be a UI redesign, I think, but rather the final evolution of the UI that was started in ICS.

        Personally, I’m hoping beyond anything that we’ll see a unified Inbox and Mailbox-esque features implemented, although that might come later.

        1. I don’t think it will be the final UI version of what was started with ICS.
          Because I expect the new UI to hit us in i/o 2014 at the earliest
          So that leaves us with 1 other update (seeing as Google does 2 updates per year)

          It could be that like Jellybean, it will also be called Key Lime Pie (4.3 and 4.4 both being KLP)
          OR maybe the new UI will be released earlier…actually anything is possible, but I doubt a new UI will come before mid-2014

          1. I meant Key Lime Pie as a whole, really. It won’t be a drastic UI change, but the final iteration of the UI-scheme that was introduced by ICS. It will see updates for performance and bug fixes, and some great new features will be added, but those won’t really be taken full advantage of until 6.0

  12. I really like that they’ve moved away from the exclusively teal and dark blue/gray and white of previous holo interfaces. I think holo looks much better colorized. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original clean cut look, but more colors will appeal to a wider audience, particularly the average consumer sector. I know my girlfriend picked a GS3 of the Nexus 4 I kept suggesting because she preferred TouchWiz.

  13. Personally I think the current Play Store layout is a lot cooler than that.

  14. It can’t just be me that the cards look like they belong on iOS to? Round off the edges and you’re looking at an iOS device.

    1. Nah it’s just you.

  15. At 1:24 in the video, it clearly shows that there is a global setting to not auto-update apps or only update via WiFi

    1. But it smells like if you don’t go find and change a setting it defaults to auto.

      1. and if global is ‘off’, may we set individual apps to ‘on’ ?

  16. They need to kill the gradient background. Seriously. Everything else is looking so nice regarding GUI, but, man… that gradient…

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