It was just a matter of time when Google will release this update of the Google Play Store. We’ve seen it leak recently and the rollout started today. Google+ got the Material Design overhaul first and is now followed by the Play Store which reached version 4.9.13. Let’s see what’s new.
Please not that even though certain parts of the app did get the Material Design overhaul, this is definitely not the final update to that design element as most of it is still intact. Google will definitely tinker with the app’s design more in the near future. That been said… You’ll see the changes made if you visit the content pages, in other words visit a certain app, movie, book or music content. You’ll notice new animations and header along with the new badges. The design looks completely different compared to previous versions. They’ve also changed the content description which is not displayed in full screen, no additional clicking necessary. As we said, this part of the app looks completely different and we like it a lot.
If you’re not willing to wait for your turn and want to sideload the app right away, you can download it HERE.
Source: Kirill Grouchnikov (Google+)
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It looks like you won’t have to wait long at all to check out Google’s visually rich Play Store revamp — it’s rolling out now. The refresh doesn’t appear any different on the surface, but a quick dive shows very different product pages that are clearly inspired by the company’s multi-layered Material Design philosophy. Cover art plays a much larger role, and details like rating overviews and genres have been moved into easy-to-read icons. You might not like everything about the new storefront — there’s considerably more scrolling involved, for one thing. On the whole, though, it’s both prettier and easier to understand at a glance. The revamp should reach your device within days, but Android Police has an installer if you just can’t wait to see what’s new.
Our latest update is rolling out right now! We’re excited to share a sneak peek of what you’ll get in the coming days pic.twitter.com/k5BidxR4Vu
- Google Play (@GooglePlay) July 23, 2014
Source: Google Play (Twitter)
Ever since Google announced its new Material Design UI overhaul at Google I/O last month, we’ve been eagerly awaiting updates to each of Google’s core apps. We’ve had sneak peeks at what the change might mean for the Google Play Store, but Google UI engineer, Kirill Grouchnikov, today announced on his Google+ that the new Play Store would be launching today with all of these changes. Sure enough, Google Play Store 4.9.13 has been captured today, and boy is it different.
Much like the changes we saw in Google Play Games earlier this month, the Google Play Store UI overhaul replaces the simple interface with big pictures and smooth, sweeping transition animations. Other changes include the way embedded videos are displayed, recommendations from friends, and hiding long app descriptions.
If you can’t wait to try that Material Design-look Play Store, have no fear as we have the APK available for download below:
What do you think about the new Google Play Store with Material Design? Is it everything you dreamed it would be? Let us know your thoughts.
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Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin tag that unlocks your phone (currently limited to the Moto X) with a quick tap. The tattoo can stay on your body for up to five days, and it should survive abuses like showers and sweat-laden runs. It’s a clever approach that might be appealing if you’re fed up with PIN codes and patterns, although the back-of-a-napkin math suggests that you’re paying a lot just to save a couple of seconds when checking your email. VivaLnk is asking $10 for packs of 10 tattoos, or enough to last 50 days — you’ll have to spend $80 to get through a whole year. It could be useful for those busy days when you’re constantly waking up your handset, but you might be better off rolling that money into a Moto 360 or your next big phone upgrade.
Source: Official Motorola Blog
You might know eBay as the website where you can buy a rare NES game for a hundred grand, but the company also has its own barcode scanner, called RedLaser. It’s been out on Android and iOS for a while, and now the company is bringing it to Google Glass, allowing you to quite literally buy whatever you set your sights on. Like the existing app, the Glass version scans barcodes and spits back a list of current prices at different retailers. From there, you can find a brick-and-mortar store nearby, complete with directions, if you need them. And, of course, like any good online retailer, eBay will show a list of related products, similar to whatever it is you just searched for. All told, we’re guessing you can probably spare a few minutes to stop what you’re doing and use the phone app instead, but let’s be honest: Scanning stuff with your eye sounds pretty fun. Just be aware, though, that if you want to purchase something, you will in fact have to pick up your phone — the app will send an email notification to your mobile device so you can complete the transaction.
[Image credit: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg via Getty Images]
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Wacom loves doodlers almost as much as serious artists, but its Paper-esque sketching app was limited to iOS devices only. That changes from today, now that the company has launched Windows, Android and Kindle Fire versions of Bamboo Paper. Thanks to Wacom’s Ink Layer Language, your notes will seamlessly be shared between your devices — enabling you to sketch out a plan on your leisure tablet before passing it to your work one. The free app is available to download at the links below, and you’ll also be able to try out the various premium brushes for a limited time before you’re asked to open your wallet to keep them.
We have no scientific data to back this up, but we suspect most of you are not tough enough, not resilient enough, to work on a laptop in a moving vehicle without hurling. If you’re that special sort, though — or if you just like to have your phone on WiFi whenever possible — then you might appreciate what we’re about to tell you. Google just announced that it will provide free WiFi in Uber cabs — ostensibly so that people can keep working between meetings (preferably using Google Apps, says Google, winkwinknudgenudge). The move is just the latest in what seems to be a budding romance between the two companies — Uber is already built into Google Maps. In any case, as cool as this latest development may seem, it’s also quite limited: The service is restricted to Philadelphia, and it will only last through Labor Day. If you happen to live in the City of Brotherly Love, though, you can take advantage of this starting today. Just make sure you select a WiFi-enabled vehicle when booking the car.
Image source: Flickr/Adam Fagan
In order to enhance the navigation experience of Android users in India, Google Maps is now available in Hindi. However, you will have to change your preferred language to Hindi if you want to get directions in Hindi on Google Maps. Currently, you will be able to see the names of roads, streets and buildings in Hindi as well as English so that users don’t get confused.
“Google is committed to making its products more useful for people in India, and creating comprehensive maps is a crucial part of helping Indian users access information about parts of the country that are unfamiliar to them. By launching Google Maps in Hindi today, hopefully Indians can explore and navigate the world around them more easily, whether these are people who already use Maps to find their way around day-to-day or Hindi-speakers coming online for the first time,” said Suren Ruhela, Google’s Director Product and Program Management.
Since Google is trying to make its app more useful locally, it has also added an ‘Explore Nearby’ tool in the Maps application that offers fine-grained control over place suggestions to its users. For example you can select food, drink or any specific area of interest and then tap on a drop down menu showing morning, noon or any time of the day, the Explore Nearby tool will show you a wide range of interesting places to explore.
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Google’s Photo Spheres can sometimes be a marvel to behold, but it’s not always easy to let the photographer know about it; if you stumble across a picture in the Views portal, for instance, you may be stuck. Or rather, you were stuck. Google has just added commenting and +1s to Views, making it easy to praise someone’s immersive landscape shot or offer some constructive criticism. The addition probably won’t turn the image hub into a hotbed of activity. However, it might get you to revisit some of these 360-degree panoramas well after the novelty has worn off — including your own.
[Image credit: Colby Brown]
Source: Evan Rapoport (Google+)
When Google launched the Chromebook Pixel, we weren’t really sure what to make of the premium device’s touchscreen. Sure, finger-friendly displays were trendy, but Chrome OS just wasn’t asking for the technologies: it didn’t feature many touch apps, the laptop didn’t launch with a gesture update and user’s couldn’t even pinch-zoom web pages. Now, that’s changing — to go along with more touch-enabled Chromebooks now on sale, the latest update to Chrome OS’ stable channel adds a touch-enabled window manager and pinch/zoom webpage scaling.
[Image credit: François Beaufort]
The updated touch features have been around for a while, but Chrome OS users had to be on the “Canary” release channel to play around with the system’s unfinished features until recently. Google’s also been experimenting with a on-screen keyboard for some time. Put together, these features could make Chrome OS a viable options for tablets (and in the near future, convertibles like Lenovo’s Yoga), though Google hasn’t announced anything of that nature. Check out the company’s official update notes at the source link below.
Source: Chrome Releases Blog