We saw Google tease the new Play Store during the keynote address at I/O, and now we’re starting to see some of those changes with the latest update to the Android app. With the Play Store 4.9.13 update, most of the Material Design eye candy and animations are concentrated on the individual app, game, movie/TV, music, books and newsstand items. I have seen no noticeable change to the home page, the left slide-out panel or the category pages. I imagine the eventual 5.x update will have fully executed Google’s new Material Design concept.
The eye candy comes at the expense of seeing a lot of data at first glance. In order to see the details about an app, for example, you expand the “read more” section, in which both the “What’s New” information and the description are displayed. The version number, release/latest update date, download count, size and content rating are displayed at the end (you used to be able to the size and size right under the preview carousel).
One interesting animation I noticed was when you are at the top of the “read more” view and you swipe down, suddenly it shrinks from the top and bottom simultaneously to transition back to the main view. The app’s category, average rating, people who +1’d the app and a link to similar apps are displayed prominently right below the title section (you may have to swipe to the right to see all the links if there are enough people you know who +1’d an app). Speaking of the title section, it features a main header image or video preview where applicable in place of the usual preview carousel.
The app is rolling out in Google’s typical phased schedule, but Android Police managed to post an apk for you to download if waiting is not an option for you.
h/t Android Police