Google Play Store for Wear OS gets a visual overhaul

The interface of the Google Play Store for Wear OS has received a design refresh last night. This is a gradual rollout so not all users are seeing the visual overhaul just yet.

The revamp was spotted by an eagle-eyed Reddit user (via 9to5Google). Others have since reported getting the update but this seems to be a gradual rollout as not everyone is seeing the changes just yet. One Reddit user on Moto 360 2nd gen has reported receiving the update overnight, as has a Suunto 7 user.

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The screenshots below showcase the new user interface.

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It’s not a drastic overhaul, more of a tidying up. Each item in the various lists is placed in a pill-shaped container instead of a rectangular block. The colouring of the search icon has also been changed from green to white.

This is how the PlayStore looked previously.

Google Play Store for Wear OS gets a visual overhaul Google Play Store for Wear OS gets a visual overhaul Google Play Store for Wear OS gets a visual overhaul

It’s fair to say, the card-based layout makes things a bit more functional. The icon on the left of each item is still there but it’s slightly smaller. The same is the case with the font size. There have also been design tweaks to the “Open” button and colouring of the text.

This is probably the start of the Wear OS 3.0 overhaul which is expected to fully take place later this year. To remind, Google has teamed up with Samsung and Fitbit on the next version of its operating system. Many had thought the search giant is giving up on its platform, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The next iteration of Wear OS is expected to come with a big performance boost, along with a wider app selection and improved fitness tracking. We are expecting Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 to be the first to run on the new platform. It should launch in August.

It has been some two years since we saw the last interface refresh of Google Play Store. As mentioned, this is a gradual rollout. If all goes fine and there are no bugs you should be seeing it on your watch soon.

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