The Google Play Store has now started releasing a fresh look to the app, as well as a redesigned ‘Categories’ section to make it easier to browse.
Initially discovered as it rolled out on Reddit, the newly designed ‘Categories’ section is joined by a small but noticeable revamp of the ‘Family’ and ‘Kids’ categories with larger sections and icons for better identification of what you’re looking for.
This no not a major redesign, but as you’ll definitely be able to see later on, the entire categories section is a lot better spaced than it was earlier on the Google Play Store. The new icons are a lot larger, more detailed. Also, the circular icons that have been a basic feature for a while are now gone. In addition, it looks like the ‘Top categories’ section has been entirely deleted, probably as it feels a bit extra for the most part.
There are no details on whether these new Google Play Store categories will be available widely over the coming weeks or if it is part of an A/B UI test. Nevertheless, it is live on numerous devices, which suggests that this change is made possible through a server-side switch.
This is not all, however, as the ‘Family’ section has also seen some minor revamp as part of the ‘Categories’ changes. There are new changes for each family-focused category, with an overflow menu showcasing the new style.
It might not be the most significant user interface revamp that we’ve seen on the Google Play Store, but the new ‘Categories’ section might help you find new apps to download and install a bit better than previously.