Google is giving the Play Store for Android and Chrome OS a fresh refresh in the form of uniform icons and a new navigation bar that can differentiate between games and other applications. In addition, the content of an app should in the future be more than its appearance.
New navigation bar for games, apps, movies and books
The Google Play Store redesign primarily includes a new navigation bar that differentiates between games, applications, movies, and books. The bar is on the bottom of the smartphone, on the left side of the screen in the case of tablets and under Chrome OS. In addition, the Install button prominently positioned in the upper third of the screen, highlighting in-game events.
More transparent surfaces and new icons
A new symbol system is being introduced for apps and games in the Google Play Store, so the company has already alerted developers to the new Google Play design specifications.
Google wants to make sure that the contents of the apps available on the Play Store are above the look of their icons. The company makes very strict specifications for the symbol artwork in this regard. In addition, the Play Store generally gets more transparent surfaces.
- Final size: 512 px x 512 px
- Format: 32-bit PNG
- Color space: sRGB
- Maximum file size: 1024 KB
- Shape: Full Square – Google Play automatically generates masks. The radius corresponds to 20% of the symbol size.
- Shadow: None – Google Play automatically creates shadows.
Assets for the apps in the Google Play Store
In other respects, the specifications for the design of the app icons are becoming more stringent, so programmers, according to Google, will have to forego advertising and trademarks in their icons in the future.
Help for providers and programmers
Google provides a wide range of tools to help developers and app developers to test more visits to installs with store listing tests and make their app even more appealing in the Play Store.
The new design is currently being rolled out gradually and should have already arrived with the first users of Android and Chrome OS.