Google Play Showing More App Info Without Opening Lists

Along with a slew of new developer features at I/O 2022, Google is testing a Play Store tweak on Android that lets users see more app information without having to open the full list.

Google Play has long used carousels that feature icon, name and rating, with three full apps visible before you have to scroll.

A design in test sees this move to lists, though you’ll still swipe left to see more. The icon becomes slightly smaller and Google now lists promotional text provided by the developer. Press the arrow to access a full view of the grid.

We’re seeing this visual overhaul for the “Based on your recent activity” and “Recommended for you” top card/shelf. It doesn’t appear in the Games or Books tab, while Movies & TV is set to debut this month. This change is not widely rolled out and is only visible on one of the many Google accounts we checked today.

This list of apps is a slightly less visual approach, but allows for a better browsing experience on Google Play, as people no longer need to leave the app icon and name when browsing quickly. Meanwhile, the old style is used as the full list would be quite overwhelming.

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