Google Play gets new look online

Google has pressed play on a new look for Google Play, as the online store becomes more like the app on your Android phone.

Google has pressed play on a new look for Google Play, as the online store becomes more like the app on your Android phone or tablet.

The Google Play Web Store now has a handy sidebar listing categories of stuff you might want to browse and download: apps, movies, music and so on, as well as a category for devices like the Google Nexus 4 and Google Nexus 7 .

Click on anything and the sidebar bounces around as the page changes. Each app or game now has larger screenshots and makes the most of the larger screen, complete with user reviews and similar apps to help you make your decision.

The home page includes a selection of personalised recommendations, a mix of apps, books and media, followed by featured content such as new releases or Disney classics.

Also on the home page are links to your wish list and gift card options.

Apps are great, aren't they? They're in everything from our tablets to our tellies these days. Who would have thought that the era of the app began just five years ago with the launch of the 2008 opening of the Apple App Store .

The Android Market followed in October 2008, and was renamed Google Play in March 2012. Check out our tribute to the app as we pick our favourite apps -- and celebrate your favourites too:

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What's your favourite app? Is Google Play the leading player when it comes to app stores? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our always-playful Facebook page.

 

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