Google Play Store Ready to Get Updated to Material Design, With Brand New Listing UI
As it usually happens with new Google UIs and OSes, the Material Design involved in the look of Android L will be ported to the Google Play Store soon. Google+ was actually among the first to try Material Design and then the Docs and Sheets apps.
The new Store listings are more immersive and colourful now and they put content first, then details. There are hero images used when it’s the case and apps and games rely on the hero image or promo video that the devs already use in Google Play. Meanwhile, the movies use their trailers and books and magazines are based on an expanded header, since their covers are basically portrait rectangles, that wouldn’t fit a hero image.
There were already sightings of this new listing concept, with the sessions of Google I/O this year including a listing of the Grand Budapest Hotel movie, that featured the Material Design. The demo screen looks prety similar, but it includes a lot of info compared to what we mentioned before. The rest of the listing view is also getting revamped, with more white space, smartly used typography and the content description expanded into full screen view.
The way you interact with listings has also changed, with the sharing options placed in a row below the review section, including the wishlist button and a Google+ button. What do you make of these changes? Do you find this UI to be more friendly?