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Google is testing a Play Store UI change that replaces some app icon carousels with lists

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Saving time is what Google has made the best features of Android about. Whether it’s having the Assistant hold our time so we can do some work while we wait for a call to resume, or have the Assistant schedule appointments for us, Android helps us get more things done. And now Google is working on a feature for the Play Store that it believes will allow users to see more information about a particular app without opening its listing. Currently, the Google Play Store lets you check out three apps on a carousel before you need to flex your scroll muscles.

For example, open the Play Store app and you’ll see a headline that says “Based on your recent activity.” This is a carousel that shows three apps for you to choose from. If none of the three fit your needs, you can scroll left one additional app at a time. But Google is testing a new design that uses lists instead of visual carousels. The list, like the carousel, still scrolls to the left. A smaller icon for each app appears on the left side of the list.

It looks like Google isn’t giving up on the carousel entirely as the revamped Play Store shows the new List UI mixed in with the older carousel look. 9to5Google points out that the new user interface design has not yet been widely disseminated. Honestly, we can’t say for sure that using the list will result in faster app discovery, especially since each app’s icon has gotten a bit smaller.
Google is always looking for small changes like this to shake things up. That’s why you always see us writing about Google tests. Before Google decides whether to keep this look, it wants to hear from you first. So what do you say? Would you rather have Google keep the three-app carousel or add the list as shown in the image accompanying this story?

Please send us your comment along with the reasoning behind your answer in the comment box below.

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