With the purported impending arrival of Android 4.1 or 5.0 Jellybean, the Google Play store might get a makeover. The design, revealed by the Italy-based HDBlog, will reportedly combine elements from past versions but sport a cleaner look inclined towards minimalism. Allegedly, it will also take some cues from its desktop version.
The new design of the app store will allow users to access the subcategories of content instantly, including games, music, and books. On top of the home screen, users find on the new Google Play the popular applications. Those who remember Android Market before it was turned into Google Play would probably recognize this feature, since it was on the old design.
Across the bottom, on the other hand, there will be a panel that features colored icons that act as shortcuts for these types of content. These icons are similar to the ones found on the desktop version. At the farthest right of the panel, however, is an icon with a function that is still currently unknown. From the photo that appeared on HDBlog, the mystery icon is just a white or gray rectangle. It is speculated to be either a shortcut for purchasing a new tabler, or even a link for magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
The photo looks legitimate enough, but as with all unannounced information, it should be taken with a grain of salt. The question, perhaps, that begs to be asked here is why Google would revert to elements of its older design that it had in fact already scrapped. If it had deemed those elements unnecessary, why have their designers suddenly changed their minds?
The public will know soon enough anyway what the truth is behind these rumors. Google is expected to reveal the full details regarding its upcoming projects this coming June 27 to 29 during the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco. Also in the possible lineup of announcements are the much-awaited Google Nexus 7 tablet, Android Jellybean, the new Google TV, Google Assistant, Google Playbox, and Android accessories.