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Google recently redesigned the Play Store by getting rid of the hamburger menu and moving most of its menu to the account switch in the upper right corner. But it seems that the company has not completed the reconstruction of the distribution service. Screenshots of a revised My Apps section came out last month and we liked it a bit. For better or worse, the new layout seems to be appearing for more users.
When you head to the “My Apps and Games”
Last month, Redditor shared images on a new Application and Device Management tab, replacing the standard My Apps and Games page we know and love. It loses most of the tabs available in the old interface, such as Updates installed, library, sharing, and Beta, instead of giving you just two sections – Overview and Management. If you just want to check for updates very quickly, the new one is the default Overview the page is quite useless. It lists just a few menu items and statistics about Play Protect, the storage used, your ratings and reviews, and app sharing options (useful for those living in markets with limited high-speed Internet access).
To the left: Overview. Average: All installed applications. Right: Installed applications with available updates.
Your app updates are just another little menu item, with the Play Store telling you that “All apps are up to date.” You can see details about pending updates, along with “Update All.” button. After you update your apps list, a “View recent updates” button appears in its place, although it now redirects you to Management section.
This is not the first time we see this design – it appeared in 2020, but it seems to have disappeared for most people after a while. With this latest push, it seems to be coming to more and more devices. Now that a few of us have clung to that, it’s definitely a big change. You can drag back and forth between them Overview and Management, but you’ll need to tap each label above your apps to switch between categories.
The move certainly seems to be designed to further discourage people from checking the Play Store for updates. Earlier, Google removed notifications of completed automatic app updates, forcing those who wanted to keep up with their change logs to check the Play Store regularly or to disable automatic updates – notifying them of pending updates. With Google and many third-party developers increasingly switching to server-side updates that make changes to the interface and behavior of applications without requiring a new download, easy access to application updates may not be a priority. for many people.
Although it is starting to come to more users, it still looks like an update from the server. If you are into design and want to try your luck, get the latest version of the Play Store in APK Mirror.
The redesign already appeared in 2020 for some people, before disappearing again for most so far. We updated the coverage accordingly.
More users report that this new layout is now available on their devices. Some AP employees have also seen the update on their phones, so we’ve updated with new screenshots and a better understanding of how the menus work now that we’ve gotten to it.