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. Weekends of a revised My Apps section appeared over the weekend, and we like that a bit. The new layout makes it incredibly cumbersome to access the full list of installed and recently updated applications.
When you head to the “My Apps and Games” tab of the Play Store, you usually see a collection of pending updates and most recently updated apps in the first tab – this is a useful overview for those of us who still enjoy reading change logs. if they exist at all for any of the applications you use.
Redditor shared images of a new Application and Device Management section, which is likely to replace this My Apps and Games page we know. 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 ̵
Left: Current interface. Medium & Right: New interface (via Reddit).
Your app updates are just another little menu item, with the Play Store telling you that “All apps are up to date.” It is possible to see details, but we do not know exactly what we will be able to see there. Redditor also shared an image of Pending downloads tab, which may be what you’ll see when you press the application update menu. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to see our recently updated apps at a glance.
The move certainly seems to be designed to encourage people to check for updates on the Play Store. Earlier, Google removed notifications of completed automatic app updates, forcing those who wanted to keep up to date with their change logs to check the Play Store regularly, or to disable automatic updates by 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.
The redesign hasn’t popped up on any of our devices yet, so we can’t tell you exactly how you navigate between the different sections and submenus, but we’ll certainly update our coverage once we have a better look of the redesigned interface. For what it’s worth, Redditor reports that they are using version 25.1.24-21, although even with it installed, we were unable to recreate the interface – it appears to be part of a server update. You can download this version of the Play Store from APK Mirror if you want to try your luck.