Thursday, 13 October 2016

Google Play Store is getting a modest makeover with some interface tweaks

There is suppose to always be a permanent “under construction” sign hanging in the Google Play Store. It’s never necessarily a bad thing, as Google’s constant tweaks and overhauls of the app storefront usually turn out for the best. While that is noted, the latest round of changes aren’t dramatic, but they may make it easier to find what you’re looking for or more deeply investigate certain apps. Most notably, the main landing page has changed the section labeled “Entertainment” to “Movies, Music, Books.” Most likely, this is to add some clarity as to what exactly you can get in this section. It’s a kind of a tight fit on smaller screens (this was taken from a Nexus 5X) but may look fine on phones like the Galaxy Note7 Pixel XL or others with a big screen. The other most prominent change is that you can finally pinch and zoom on screenshots. But as the case may be, it’s helpful for picking out more details before deciding whether you want to download that app. Also, you may have noticed that when you click a link to the Play Store from Chrome or another browser, you’ll go straight to a preview page that now has much larger Google Play Store branding. Just the same as in that preview, you’ll find the white search bar disappears when you’re navigating different sections of the Play Store. So now, to get to a voice search you will need to tap the bar and the microphone icon. For Google to make such a change, the company likely determined that few people were performing voice searches in the Play Store.
What it means to you: My number one favorite change in all of this is the ability to zoom in on screenshots. It may look like a minor thing, but with some game screenshots this makes it easier to figure out exactly what’s going on. And finally, it may help those on smaller screens to get a better view of the action. Thanks......

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