It’s been a while since the Google Play Store got a significant UI modernization. The last major UI update came in 2019 when the app received a redesign of material theme. Since then, without any minor adjustments, the app has stuck with the same design. But Google is now launching a new user interface that gives the Play Store a big facelift.
The most striking change (via Android Police) here is the removal of the hamburger menu. This is part of Google’s renewed focus on getting rid of navigation buckets, as they tend to conflict with full screen navigation movements. We’ve already seen Google remove the hamburger menu in Google Photos, and Google Maps and the Play Store will be the last to get rid of it.
When you go to other changes, you will notice that everything has been moved under the profile section at the top right. If you have multiple accounts, they are now hidden under a collapsible drop-down menu. Under the account tab, we see options that used to be under the Hamburger menu. The library replaces the wish list while payments and subscriptions are now combined. My Apps and Games, Play Protect, Notification and Offers, and Settings remain the same. Some users also see Play Pass and Play Points listed next to these options, but they were missing on my device.
Finally, the settings also get an update. All options and preferences are divided into four collapsible categories. Previously, everything was listed there as a giant list.
Google has been testing this change for some time now, and as part of this test, some users have already had this redesign available on their devices. However, Google is now finally launching this redesign for all users.
The new user interface is rolling out to Android users. If you do not see it yet, try clearing the cache and forcing the Play Store app to close. You can do this by going to Device Settings or just long-tapping the Play Store app icon and clicking on the app settings. You should be greeted with a new user interface when you reopen the app.