Image: Karissa Bell/Mashable Google’s app store is getting a makeover. The company began to roll out a redesigned version of its Play Store Thursday. The most noticeable difference is the Play Store’s homepage, which divides offerings into two sections: Apps and Games and Entertainment.
The company began to roll out a redesigned version of its Play Store Thursday. The update adds a redesigned homepage with horizontal scrolling and better search and discovery features.
The updated Play Store also uses horizontal scrolling to make it easier to browse (rather than scrolling down, you can swipe left and right to navigate between sections of the app.) It also adds a new row at the top that showcases the new and updated content in the store.
The latest look is hardly the most dramatic makeover Android’s app store has gotten over the years. Here’s a look back at how the store has changed from the 50+ app Android Market to the Play Store of today with more than a billion active users.
In 2011, the Android Market reached 10 billion downloads, thanks to Photbucket Mobile, which, it turns out, is still around. The app store had evolved as well; you can see the beginnings of the design elements we’ve seen in more recent years, like dedicated sections for books, movies and games. Read more…