By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 08, 2013 09:23 AM EDT
Rumors of a new and redesigned Google Play Store are nothing new, but now another piece of the puzzle landed on Google+.
Another Google Play Store 4.0 screenshot just leaked onto the almighty Web, courtesy of YouTube employee Eileen Rivera. The screenshot disappeared into thin air quickly after making its appearance, but once something goes online you can't take it back. The Internet never forgets, and copies of the screenshot are still available, although the original post was removed.
The screenshot Eileen Rivera posted shows a previously unseen Google Play front page and, action bar aside, it's quite a big improvement. The new "Up" button is particularly interesting, as it now features the Play Store logo, as well as a bone in a dog bowl. The bone is most likely a reference to "Doogfooding," a term Google uses to refer to internal data testing.
Each content section now sports a new icon as well. The icons are now flat, sporting one-color designs unseen until this point. The nasty pixilated action bar is still present up top, but it's likely just a marking that suggests this is an unfinished build. Google has to keep track of images somehow to prevent leaks such as this. Rivera probably shouldn't have posted this image, but the cat's out of the bag now.
Android Police reports that after doing a teardown of its leaked version, it found the pixels were in fact a separate element on top of the action bar, and it could easily remove it. The tech website further notes that additional layers slow things down, and Google would integrate this design with the color layer if this was a permanent thing.
These are all the details currently available regarding the upcoming version of the Google Play Store, but more leaks will likely surface soon to shed more light on the matter. It remains unclear at this point when the redesigned Google Play Store will kick in, but it may do so at May's Google I/O developer conference. The new version should bring new fonts, larger thumbnail images and a cleaner design, allowing for a more pleasant browsing experience for Android users.
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