Leaked Google Play 4.4 Update Reveals Design & Navigation Changes


An upcoming Google Play 4.4 update for Android has leaked, revealing a number of design and navigation changes. It’s still a “work in progress,” sources claim, but it gives us a taster of what we can expect from the Google Play app when it is updated for Android 4.4 KitKat in the coming weeks.

The APK was obtained by Android Police, which was first to publish the screenshots above and below. As you can see, there’s a new slide-out navigation panel that allows you to quickly access different sections of the store, including apps, movies, and TV shows.


The menu also provides access to your wish list, and the redeem feature, which is where you enter your Google Play gift card codes.

Google has also changed the pop-out menu in the top right, which now provides links to just settings and help. In current versions of Google Play, there are also links to the “my apps” and redeem pages, as well as your wish list. But with these now accessible from the slide-out menu, they no longer appear in this one.

These aren’t massive design changes, but according to Android Police, there could be more to come.

“While the build that I’ve seen doesn’t have other UI changes, I’ve heard that Google will change all the things to be even more card-like,” reports Artem Russakovskii. “The UI transformations will be akin to the latest Gmail update – something I’m quite excited to see myself.”

Russakovskii insists, however, that this is just a rumor.

The Google Play 4.4 APK isn’t ready to make its way into public hands yet, so you cannot download it and install it manually just yet. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for Google to make it official, though.