Several Changes Coming to Google Play Store

There are three changes and updates coming to the Google Play Store, all of which would play some kind of role in your overall user experience. The first of these three changes has to do with Google stepping further away from the era of Google+, and era of failure that Google would want to get some distance from in order to start afresh and revamp the experience they provide to their various users. The specific change being discussed here involves the Google Play Store no longer having the Google+ style cover photos, as spotted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, with the store going for a somewhat more minimalist approach which is definitely in line with the kind of aesthetics that Google has been focusing on recently.

Google Play Store is testing to get rid of the Google+ era cover photo layout from the sidebar

Another change, discovered by Wong, that is coming is called “Google Play Store Preferences”, and it is basically an attempt on Google’s part to try and give users more control over their data.

Google Play Store is testing "Google Play preferences" page, providing options to remove some user data

While you won’t be able to completely restrict access to your data, you would be able to remove some of the data from servers if you so wish. This is a step in the right direction, but many would say that Google needs to give users even more control so that they can feel safe while they are using Google creations on a regular basis.

The final change coming to the Google Play Store is one that a lot of people are going to appreciate. It is basically a toggle switch in settings that allows you to turn auto play on or off.

Google Play Store will provide a toggle setting for video auto-playing

Videos tend to auto play while you are using the play store which can be quite annoying, so it is good that Google is now giving users a little more control over the kind of experience they have rather than forcing them to look at videos that are playing all by themselves.

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