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Google Play Store ditches hamburger menu, moves things around

Of all the major Android apps from Google, the Play Store is perhaps the one with the most redesigns, most of them without notice. Long before companies like Gmail and Agenda adopted this, the main market for Android applications started to aggregate elements and principles of material design, sometimes not to the satisfaction of users. The Google Play Store is undergoing another makeover, perhaps in the name of cleanliness and visual simplicity. Unfortunately, it can end up being more complicated to use with everything that is hidden behind groups and menus.

The biggest change that users will see when opening the new Google Play Store is the disappearance of the so-called hamburger menu, the three horizontal bars that have become synonymous with the sidebar menu. Google is kind enough to draw your attention to the fact that everything is now located in the profile menu, but that is all that goes into your integration. Everything else is yet to be discovered.

Everything that was previously hidden next to it is now hidden in submenus. Your apps and games, which is where you will update them, are clearly identified. Your wish list and shortcuts for Movies and Books, however, are now located in the Library menu. Gift and budget codes are now also grouped under Payments and subscriptions.

It is not just the sidebar burger menu that is being refurbished, however. The general settings are also getting a redesign, a slight redesign. Instead of a single page of scrolling settings, users will see four main groups that can be expanded or collapsed as desired. You can even expand all of them, if you want, but they will revert to the default collapsed format when you leave the screen.

The unexpected redesign looks set to give the Google Play Store a cleaner look, hiding details, but at the cost of taking more touches to get where they want. The change appears to be a server-side push, however, as some with the latest version of the application are still not seeing the changes.

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