A new version of the Google Play Store interface is being deployed on Android smartphones. It changes access to the applications menu.
The Google Play Store regularly updates its interface to better highlight the important elements of Google’s strategy. The last major update dates back to May 2019, with the adoption of Google’s Material Theming and a simplification of ergonomics. Almost two years later, Google begins rolling out a new version, with significant changes, but still lighter than in 2019.
A new user menu
As soon as the new version is launched, the Google Play Store warns you that the hamburger menu at the top left has simply disappeared. The icon has been replaced by a magnifying glass, to better highlight the search engine of the application store.
To access all the management elements, you will now have to press the icon for your user profile at the top right. This is obviously reminiscent of the operation of other applications in the Google ecosystem such as Gmail or Google Photos.
Your apps, games, payment methods, notifications and offers are now here
This change of interface especially allows Google to put much more forward the profile of the user, and its system of loyalty with the Play Points. They allow access to credit in free to play games, through its purchases in other games.
Part of the architecture of the application has also been revised. Payments and subscriptions are combined in one menu now. The idea here is to simplify navigation in the Google Play Store, which had become more complex over time.
Google Play Store settings and search have also been revised. In the latter, if you are looking for an application that is popular enough, Google can offer it to you as the first highlighted result, with the possibility of installing it quickly with a click.
The new Google Play Store is being rolled out. The version shown here is 24.7.20-21. Here’s how to install this new version.