Google is now starting to roll out a Material Theme for the Play Store on Android TV following the Android revamp in August. Compared to the current iteration, the redesign is beautiful and uses full bleed cover art and large text.
For example, the top-left corner features a Google Play icon and wordmark. This is followed by the right of Apps, Games, and My apps, instead of those key sections that require users to access a navigation drawer. Search and settings were moved to the top-right as well.
In the background selecting an app will play a video clip that will take up the whole screen. The name of the app, along with the publisher, category and rating, is shown above. The background changes to a black lighter than the current gray if a card is not actively selected.
In this Play Store redesign for Android TV, cards for apps are more spread out and don’t hold as much data. The My Apps section also retains the big text at the top of the screen. One screenshot shows a “Turn on auto-updates” prompt.
Instead of an icon grid, the Settings tab uses menus to better remind users where they are in the app. It never needed a full-screen experience for this gui.
Ultimately, this redesign of the Play Store for Android TV is exactly the one Google expected with some minor tweaks at I / O 2019. This TV revamp has been allowed on version 16.9.42 of the Play Store, according to one Redditor today. Today we don’t see it on any of our devices. Google Play is slow to release A / B trials and other updates on the server side.