Android users will have to get used to it: the Google Play Store is about to make a small but significant change. This is mainly intended to simplify navigation on modern smartphones and solve a boring problem.

Despite the alternative app stores or the ability to install apps manually, the Google Play Store remains the first port of call for new apps or games for many Android users. Changes to the Google Play Store are always tricky – after all, more than two billion users are affected. This is exactly what Android smartphone owners will need to be prepared for in the future.

Google changes the Play Store for Android users

Noisy Android Authority Google is currently testing a new Play Store navigation that will put an end to the famous hamburger menu. It’s been a staple for years and can be opened with a swipe from the left side of the screen to the right. Alternatively, tap the icon with the three horizontal lines in the search bar to access the menu item. Hence the term “hamburger icon,” because the symbol resembles the three layers of a burger.

So far, a number of custom subitems have been hidden behind the hamburger icon, like a shortcut to your own apps and games, wishlist, or subscriptions. These and other menu items can be found behind your own user image in the future (see top right).

The perfect pleasure between the two:

Gesture control on Android: Hamburger menu causes frustration

Google’s departure from the hamburger menu is likely a consequence of the gesture control that the American company already introduced with Android 9 and got even better in the next two versions. The back gesture corresponds 1: 1 to the swipe gesture with which a hamburger menu is opened. This often led to frustration when users actually wanted to go back, but the menu was opened with the appropriate gesture. For this reason, some users have reverted to classic on-screen buttons, although gesture control is actually more convenient and faster. At least in the Play Store, Google is now tackling this problem.

Kaan Gürayer
Kaan Gürayer, GIGA expert for smartphones, tablets and smartwatches.

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