June 5, 2013

New Play Store web version is currently being tested at Google

Play Store web version Chris Yerga
Google has been making a lot of changes to apps lately. We expected changes for various mobile apps, but when those changes bleed into the desktop, it’s worth note. Rarely do desktop apps or services follow the pace their mobile counterparts set.

The Play Store has gone through many changes in its lifespan, even suffering a name change not too long ago. What it hasn’t yet done is become cohesive with the mobile app. News suggests that the new desktop version of the Play Store is being dogfooded at Google, meaning it will be ready for release sometime in the near future.

While the Play Store may not look exactly the same across devices, or even into the desktop, this update brings it much closer to true functional unity than any we’ve seen prior. Like the mobile app design shift we’ve seen lately, there is also a menu at the top left for navigation, allowing users to quickly move through the Play Store.