Google Testing Play Store Settings Redesign with Shorter, Expandable Lists


INTRO: Earlier the Play Store was testing app comparisons for a few users, and today, it seems the Play Store is functioning on a redesign of the Settings page with more manageable lists organized into categories.

Spotted by 9to5Google in an APK teardown, Google’s latest redesign appears to be limited to the Settings page itself, and seems to be trying to simplify the absolutely bonkers number of settings and toggles the app throws in your face once you head into settings.

With the new design, the settings page within the Play Store looks more manageable. Settings are now collapsed under categories like “General”, “User Controls”, and “About” together with a handy chevron marker on the side to let users know that they’ll expand the list. When expanded, these expose their individual settings. Also, in keeping with 9to5Google, users can expand one, or multiple categories at the identical time.

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Image: 9to5Google
While the new design offers the plain advantage of reducing information overload when a user opens the settings page within the Play Store, it also makes extra space for more settings to be brought into the combo. As observed by 9to5Google, the “Family” settings category is out there within the main Settings page with this redesign.

The redesign isn’t being tested on the user-side yet, and that we don’t know when or if Google will roll this out or A/B test it with users on Android. That said, it does seem like a cleaner thanks to display settings and that i hope Google rolls this out soon.

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