Google is starting to take its tablet-friendly Play Store redesign seriously
Less wasted space for large screen user base
Google is preparing to unveil the new Pixel 7 and 7 Pro on October 6, but later we have a Pixel tablet waiting for us. Long before it happened here, Google tried to show tablets some late love, like the work it did to optimize more than 20 of the company’s apps for tablets. Following the Material You dynamic theme change, we are now seeing the Play Store on Android tablets transform to what we were promised at Google I/O 2022.
Until now, the Play Store shared the same basic interface between smartphones and tablets: a prominent Play Store branding, a full-width search bar, a navigation drawer on the left, and side-scrolling carousels for days. . Just rotate your phone and you will have the Play Store interface for tablets. But now 9to5Google is reporting that Play Store version 32.5.16-21 for Android tablets brings a host of changes.
The old Play Store UI for Android tablets
First, a column of icons in a navigation rail replaced the navigation drawer. This greatly reduces wasted screen space. The active icon is highlighted in the shape of a pill, and you can see how the full-width search bar at the top has been shrunk and left-aligned, creating space between the Play Points counter and itself. The counter, as well as the notification icon and your profile avatar remain on the right.
The new Play Store UI
If you prefer to use your tablet in portrait mode (we’re not judging), you’ll see tab-like buttons at the bottom that replace the navigation rail, just like on smartphones. However, the narrower search bar remains aligned to the left.
Apps still show up in carousels in this update, but Google is still bringing us changes, moving closer to the futuristic Play Store we glimpsed at I/O. In the meantime, if you can’t wait for Google to launch its own Pixel-branded tablet, find out what you can buy now from our handpicked list of the best Android tablets today.