Leak hints at cleaner, sharper Google Play 4.0 layout

The latest Google product leak tips a revamped version of the search giant's Google Play store.

As reported by Droid Life, version 4.0 provides an updated interface with larger icons and a cleaner layout. But there is no word on when — or if — the changes will reach users.

Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Based on Droid Life's initial hands on, the update uses new fonts as category section titles, bigger images, and Google Now-like, box-style containers; individual apps, movies, books, and music pages include bigger icons and a less cluttered display.

And while most page layouts remain the same, "the eye candy is everywhere," Droid Life said, adding that Google upped the ante with more attention-grabbing photos and colours.

Android users shouldn't expect an updated Google Play store soon; most of the new pages weren't even live for Droid Life to explore. An official announcement could come at the Google I/O 2013 developer conference, scheduled for 15 to 17 May in San Francisco, where Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google Now, 3D Google Earth imagery, and other new features were introduced in years past.

Google Play launched a year ago as a rebranded product that merged the Android Market, Google Music, and the eBookstore, and fared well in 2012. According to Distimo's year-end review, Google Play experienced an aggregated daily revenue growth of 43 per cent across 20 of the largest markets where the store is available.

To celebrate its success, and its first birthday, early this month, the Android shop offered users limited-time deals on music, movies, books, magazines, TV shows, and games.

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