New Play Store for Wear OS introduced, Material You design

The Google Play Store on Wear gets a new look according to Google’s Material You design. The interface is easier to read, and the use of color is smarter and more consistent. In addition, the app store also learns a new trick on phones.

Google Play Store on Wear OS

Google has big plans for War OS, the company announced during its Google I/O event in May. Smartwatches are getting a major update, and it’s working with Samsung for that. The new Google Play Store for Wear OS is now being introduced, and we see that Google has completely overhauled the design of the application store for watches.

Google equips Play Store on Wear OS with its Material You look. That’s the design that also comes to phones with Android 12, and is characterized by round shapes and accent colors that are adapted to the background you use on your device. We also see that on Wear OS, according to 9To5Google.

Above: the new interface, below: the current interface. Source: 9To5Google

Google now uses a lighter gray background and buttons with rounded corners behind white text. The Open button under apps is even completely white so that it can be clearly distinguished from the rest of the interface.

Multiple choice

Furthermore, the Play Store on phones will also receive a major change. If you install an app that also has a Wear OS variant, it is already installed on your watch by default. It still is, but for such apps, the Play Store on Android now has a drop-down menu next to the ‘Install’ button. You can then choose to install the app only on your phone or smartwatch.

The changes will roll out to Wear OS watches running version 2.x or later in the coming weeks. Google previously tested the new Play Store with a smaller group of users in recent weeks. Do you already see it on your smartwatch? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of this article.

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