Google ready to revamp Play Store with release of Jelly Bean?

With Google I/O slated to kickoff later this week, Android faithful are eagerly waiting for news about updates to the Android operating system. The Android 4.1 update, dubbed Jelly Bean, is anticipated to be shown running on a Nexus tablet. In conjunction with the release of Jelly Bean, some are also expecting changes that will flow throughout the entire Android ecosystem. A rumor of one such change surfaced this morning with the release of an image purporting to show a revamped Google Play Store interface for Android devices.

The image shared on the HD Blog web site came from a Google+ post by Loranz Yousif. It shows a revamped Play Store running on a Galaxy S III. The new interface resembles the old Android Market interface and is similar to the desktop version of the Play Store. Unlike the old interface, this new one appears to incorporate some ribbons along the top and bottom of the screen for access to different areas of the store.

We should keep in mind that faking images does not take great effort. The original HD Blog report has been updated with a note indicating some additional analysis shows an anomaly in the photo. Also, Mr. Yousif has not responded to comments on his Google+ post inquiring as to the authenticity of the image. It seems odd that Google would go back to a design it abandoned during their recent efforts to rebrand the Android Market to the Play Store. Anything is possible though, especially if users have been complaining.

What do you think? Fake? Real? Does the Google Play Store need a revamp? Perhaps our own Stacy Bruce, who will be attending Google I/O, will find the truth for us.

source: HD Blog
via: Android and Me

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • mikeGsays

    While I’m not too crazy about the look of it, and won’t even attempt to debate the legitimacy of it or not, I’m all about seeing an SGSIII rocking anything that has to do with Jelly Bean!

  • Nudo

    I must say… the colored links at the bottom would be extremely helpful :)

  • bozzykid

    The links at the bottom would be very confusing on a Galaxy Nexus with the black virtual on-screen buttons.

  • Mei

    What they really need to do is fix the search in Google Play. It’s so annoying and sometimes doesn’t show the right results or find the app you are looking for and know is there. And they should allow you to change the sorting order of the ‘history’ of applications you have used (which you may or may not have installed anymore). Such as sort by installation date instead of alphabet. Also, they should allow you to customize or filter your history of app used list, to only show apps you like or still use. This way, if you reset the device you can go by that list, and have Google Play pushed the app to your devices.

  • pdaddy29

    Would love to be able to see all paid apps in its own tab.

    • ChavaM

      That used to be the case , it’s a shame they changed it

  • Mobile Phones Fan

    Oh, come on — how about doing a little research? A seconds of scrolling won’t hurt much. ;-)

    That Yousif guy from G+ regularly posts mock-ups. He now admits his ‘Market’ is a fake, too.