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    If you haven't noticed by now, there is quite the controversy going on over at
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    about why the Google Play Store's interface is a "mess." Android Police's author, Liam Spradlin, posted an article explaining why he thinks the interface "doesn't jive with Google's overall habits of design" and how it is unorganized and jumbled.

    In his defense, just in case someone asked him what he wanted it to look like, he posted a few photoshopped photos of the Google Play Store. Here are a few:

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    Okay, here's what I think.... I think this is horrible. The blinding white background is an eyesore, the font colors are even worse because they are hard to read, and I also believe that the promotions should stay on the front page of the app.

    Oh, and I also think every app should be different. Of course the Play Store is going to have a different interface than Google Plus, and Google Mail, and Books, it's a totally different app made for a different purpose. It's not going to be the same as a social media app. I'm sorry, but I'd also like to be able to distinguish which app is which.

    I like to have color and that's what the Play Store gives us now. I love the tiled interface, I find it easy to navigate and anyone who finds it confusing, is a herp derp. (Referencing Jersey Shore,
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    So my questions are, what would you change? Why would you change it? Do you like the original interface or the fashion designers blinding white eyesore interface? What would you keep/change?

    Here are some more of his examples of the Google Play Store:

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    The author was like a fashion reporter, photographer, etc. Why I value others opinions, I believe this layout reflects something one would wish to appear in print media. It really seems dull to me.

    The only conclusion I've come up to satisfy everyone is an app with default layouts and customizable ones. That could easily make everyone's Play time enjoyable.

    In general though, I don't think this was a big enough deal to write about. Different departments design different applications. I'm pretty sure of that. My Gmail has a different purpose than Google Plus. Should I stay away from all apps that don't follow the same theme?
    Please check the forum and post there before PMing me. I have over 674 unread PMs due to the fact that they are issues which should have been addressed here.

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