The Google Play Store is undeniably one of the most essential apps on Android, as an operating system, it’s where users download new apps and can access almost any Google subscription or paid feature. Since last year, Google has focused on redesigning the Play Store for the new generation of Android smart devices and this included a total visual overhaul with changes to the search bar position, moving the music tab to the main menu, changing to “Applications”. to focus on featured app reviews and ratings etc. and in the summer of this year they started releasing new search filters and a new look for the ‘My Apps’ page.
In the latest addition to this Play Store redesign, Google has decided to get rid of the hamburger menu. The hamburger menu is a term to describe the three-line menu icon that has been used for a long time, but now Google has decided it is time to replace it because some new features in the new generation of Android smart devices do not support it. haven’t done. works well with. Options that were previously accessible by tapping the hamburger menu icon in the left side panel of the screen have now been moved to be accessible by tapping the avatar in the top right of the screen.
Hamburger menus were popular before due to the small screen size of devices at the time, they served as a tool to store additional settings and options in an invisible panel that could be expanded by pressing an icon: but as over the years, screen sizes have increased, leaving more room for settings, and shortcuts that previously had to be set in the hamburger menu have been moved to the bottom navigation bars. The hamburger menu also doesn’t work well with the full gesture navigation introduced in Android 10. This was the main factor in the decision to remove and replace the hamburger menu.
The Play Store was one of the first apps to get tweaked to better suit Android 10’s new UI, but it certainly won’t be the last. Many developers are already making updates for existing apps to accommodate the new gesture UI introduced in Android 10.