Last updated: September 5, 2022 at 11:54 UTC+02:00
The Google Play Store redesign is reported to begin rolling out to compatible Wear OS smartwatches, including the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 5. The redesign was previously showcased at the Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event, where Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy revealed. Watch 5 and the Watch 5 Pro. The information was also made public in the patch notes of the September Google Play System Update.
The first thing to notice with the new Wear OS Play Store update is that the search button is now housed in a pill instead of a circle. The “Explore all” section now shows three apps, followed by the “See more” button. Below both sections, you’ll see the app names and icons, along with their Play Store ratings, so you can quickly decide whether the app is worth your time or not.
Wear OS Play Store redesign is rolling out as a server-side update
Big cards for “Watch Faces”, “Music Streaming”, “Essential Watch Apps”, and “Healthy Mind and Body” come after the “Recommended for You” and “Trending Now” sections. The last section is ‘browse and install apps from your other devices’ which does the same thing mentioned. The only downside to this revamp is that the “Manage Apps” and “Settings” options are at the very bottom of the page.
The current design, as noted by 9To5Google, is “very text heavy and boring”, which is true. The new design adds a bit of flair that would encourage users to download and try apps and also increase developer interest. The new redesign is rolling out with Google Play for Wear OS version 31.2.10-26. Keep in mind that it’s a server-side update and you’ll have to wait your turn for it to show up on your Wear OS watch.