Google Play Books Gets A Design Update

Google Inc. signage is displayed on an office building inside the Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg © 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP© 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP

Google users may have noticed subtle redesigns of the company’s web and phone apps rolling out over the past six months. The new interface design, “Material Theme,” which is essentially a wholesale brand aesthetic update, features, most noticeably, a lot of rounded corners, the use of spot color to draw the eye, and some typography tweaks. Such elements are now being applied to Google Play Books, the latest app to get the new design treatment. While the updated app is still rolling out, eventually all users will get to enjoy the features present on the Google Assistant, Gmail, and Google News: corners, according to 9 to 5 Google, are getting rounder, and teal backgrounds being replaced with white so teal can be used as spot color.

In addition, functionality seems to be improving slightly–or at least more beautifully–with individual e-book purchase and info menus popping up from the bottom of the page store page, and, in the e-reader, the chapter button moving to the bottom from the top.

Other e-readers have gotten more substantial redesigns in recent months (i.e. Apple Books, formerly known as iBooks) to make audiobooks more accessible to users. But audiobooks have long been easy to navigate on Google Play Books; Google doesn’t need to play catch-up.

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