Google always finds new ways to appear in news pages, either because it stirs controversy with the Right to Be Forgotten Regulation, it changes the organizational structure or launches new services, or simply because it announces that it is planning to improve the way it highlights mobile apps and the data they contain, in its search results.
All Android users who perform Google searches for apps outside the Play Store will notice a great change in the way apps are presented in search results. The new search results interface displays the recommended apps in a colorful, grid-like pattern that looks and feels kind of like an app store.
Although there hasn’t been any previous announcement for the upgrade, the new design was recently spotted by a number of individual users and blogs. The change is most probably a new move to promote and accustom users with Google’s new design language, also known as Material Design. What is great about it is that it really pulls the eye to the app listings with bright colors used as background for each app’s title. The background is also perfectly matched to colors within the app’s icon, on an algorithmic basis.
What Google has made is to basically transform Android search for apps, now displaying the search results in a pictorial, grid-like fashion. If you search for game apps, for instance, you will be lead to a grid and by clicking on a particular app, you will be taken straight to Google Play. Regular search results will still be displayed below, while the colorful and bigger grid messages are designed to take up the entire first page, similar to the manner in which Google’s Knowledge Graph works. The new feature only works on Android while on iOS devices users still see the usual app list with the option to install the upgrade.
Users complain that the new feature doesn’t actually bring anything new to the table, but some sophisticated design features which don’t add up to the need to have practical information. A rating or downloads addition would have been highly welcomed.
Well, Google usually listens to what its public has to comment about its offerings so maybe sometime soon the upgrade will go to a practical level as well. Design is also important so they are presently following this step of progress.
Previous app search results also displayed information, which doesn’t happen now. Brief descriptions are missed.
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