According to September’s Google Play system update, the Wear OS Play Store has begun to get a new redesign. First shown off of the redesign was done at Samsung’s Unpacked event last month with the Watch 5 Pro and Galaxy Watch 5 unveiled there. This redesign begins with the search button now being housed in a pill instead of a circle.
‘Explore all’ with three app suggestions are next to the ‘See More’ button. You get the application’s name, rating,and icon at the same place. ‘Recommended for you’ and ‘Now trending’ are followed by large cards for ‘Music streaming,’ ‘Watch faces,’ ‘Healthy mind & body,’ and ‘Essential watch apps.’
The last section allows one to browse and install applications from other devices, such as one’s phone, with the option to open the Play Store on said device. ‘Settings’ and ‘Manage apps’ round out the page. Unfortunately, the former is still buried for checking app updates.
In contrast, the current design is very text heavy and dull. Promoting apps directly on the main feed can encourage people to download more elements for their wearables and can further boost developer interest. It’s a sign that wearable design is more focused on showing most content in one view rather than having to dive into different menus.
The current report of this redesign is on version 31.2.10-26 of Google Play for Wear OS. However, the revamp is being rolled out with a server-side update, and it is not yet widely showing up for most people today.