23 July 2021
Google has reportedly started rolling out Play Store redesign for Wear OS 3.0 to some users. The Play Store here refers to the one that is accessible through the smartwatch, not the one available on smartphones. It is a major design change that was first showcased during Google I/O 2021 via an emulator.
A Suunto 7 smartwatch user has already received the new design update. He shared a bunch of screenshots showing the changes on Reddit. The major difference is in the way content is shown on the display. It is now relatively smaller in size and offers somewhat of a minimalistic look. All of the listings are now converted into pill-shaped cards instead of previously used flat ones.
The search icon has been changed from Green to White color. The app listings now have smaller app icons on the right side followed by the app name and average star ratings. The font style has also been changed to match Google's other digital offerings. Similar changes are visible on the recently updated apps list and browsing through the installed apps list.
There are still no signs of a wider rollout of the Play Store redesign for Wear OS. This is the biggest visual change since the release of the current one in 2019. As and when Google makes new designs available for all users, we will keep you posted.