Google Play Store for web gets a touchfriendly UI overhaul

first_imgGoogle’s web shopping cart has received a major UI update, complete with touch-friendly card elements and information reorganization.A little over a year ago, Google shifted all of their digital goods to the Play brand. The Android Market became the Google Play Store and also now contained the retail portal for books, movies, music, and eventually devices. The Play branding stretched to all of these products, who at the time had wildly different user interfaces. This latest update to the web version of the Play Store allows everything to fall in line with the Android app, and create a uniform experience across Google’s retail experience.The new Play Store is a lot like the Android version. It’s touch-friendly with a lot of bright colors and a UI that plays nice with every resolution. The left hand navigation for the major sections of the Play Store try to balance mouse input and touch input, but there are a few places where that can be confusing. When in a specific tab, you can still touch the other categories even though you can’t see them. Meanwhile, the back button that shows up in each category is a mouse over only button, so your fingers won’t benefit from it at all. Otherwise, the rest of the UI features large buttons and bright colors to make it easy to navigate with either touch or mouse.There are two huge usability improvements in the new Play Store. The first is the quick and easy access to adding credit to a Play Store account. As Google makes their shopping experience more and more family friendly, this feature makes it very easy to add credit to an account without needing to purchase gift cards or using the previous clunky and confusing interface for adding credit. The other big update is at the install screen for an app. The install card that pops up now includes all of the permissions that is being requested by the app, which is a great way of raising awareness with users who prefer to install apps through the web.The biggest win here for Google is that there’s now real unity across their retail experience. The UI for Google Music, Apps, Books, etc all look and feel the same, and with more and more people buying hardware from this same retail portal it couldn’t be more important that these services be unified than right now. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Google Play DevicesGoogle Play DevicesGoogle Play CreditInstall appApp purchaseGoogle Play Homelast_img read more

WWE Smackdown premieres on the USA Network on 1716

first_img Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest USA Network sent out the following:USA NETWORK SETS JANUARY PREMIERES FOR ‘SMACKDOWN®’ AND ‘SUITS’Live Action WWE® Powerhouse “SmackDown” To Debut January 7Critically Acclaimed Drama “Suits” Picks Up After Powerful Mid-Season Cliffhanger on January 27Previously Announced New Drama “Colony” To Premiere on January 14New York, NY – November 4, 2015 – USA Network will have a white hot January with the grand arrival of the two-hour live action WWE powerhouse SMACKDOWN on Thursday, January 7 at 8/7c. The winter continues to heat up with the return of the critically acclaimed drama SUITS, which picks up from the intense cliff hanger on Wednesday, January 27 at 10/9c. The network will also premiere the previously announced epic drama COLONY, from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”), on Thursday, January 14 at 10/9c.With the arrival of SMACKDOWN on Thursday, January 7 @ 8/7c, USA becomes the exclusive cable home to WWE’s two marquee properties. Viewers can now bookend their week with MONDAY NIGHT RAW live on Mondays from 8-11p and SMACKDOWNon Thursdays from 8-10p. Consistently one of the highest-rated weekly series on cable, over the past 15 years SMACKDOWN has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities and towns and in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico. On January 7, SMACKDOWN will air its 855th episode from Laredo, Texas.The highly-anticipated drama COLONY, premiering on Thursday January 14 @ 10/9c, centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles. SAG winner Josh Holloway (“Lost”) stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Satellite Award winner Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies. While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. COLONY is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Along with Cuse and Condal, Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces.The fifth season of SUITS finishes its run with 6 new episodes on Wednesday, January 27 at 10/9c. In the wake of his arrest for conspiracy to commit fraud, Mike (Patrick J. Adams, “Orphan Black”) finds himself at the center of an investigation – led by a ruthless government prosecutor, Assistant US Attorney Anita Gibbs (new recurring guest star Leslie Hope, “24”) – that threatens to bring down the whole firm. Harvey (Gabriel Macht, “Love and Other Drugs”), having resigned from the firm in order to protect it, must tred lightly if he’s going to help Mike, or incur the wrath of Charles Forstman (returning guest star Eric Roberts, “The Dark Knight”). Together with Jessica (Gina Torres, “Firefly”) and Louis (Rick Hoffman, “Samantha Who”), Harvey must figure out how to build a defense for Mike, knowing full well that he’s guilty of the crime for which he stands accused. Meanwhile, Rachel (Meghan Markle, “Fringe”) must come to terms with the fact that her fiancé, and everyone she’s close to, could soon be in prison as Donna (Sarah Rafferty, “Brothers & Sisters”) finds herself at a crossroad.New characters this season include prosecuting attorney Anita Gibbs (Leslie Hope, “24”) and James Paulsen (Derek McGrath, “Doc”). Returning characters this season include Trevor (Tom Lipinski, “Labor Day”), Scottie (Abigail Spencer, “Cowboys & Aliens”), Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce, “The Wire”), Jack Soloff (John Pyper-Ferguson, “Drive”), Professor Gerard (Stephen Macht, “The Monster Squad”), Gretchen (Aloma Wright, “Days of Our Lives”), Jeff Malone (DB Woodside, “24”), Sheila (Rachael Harris, “The Hangover”) and Jimmy (Pooch Hall, “The Game”). From Universal Cable Productions, SUITS was created by and is executive produced by Aaron Korsh (“The Deep End”). Doug Liman (The “Bourne” trilogy), David Bartis (“Covert Affairs”) and Gene Klein (“Covert Affairs”) of Hypnotic along with Anton Cropper (“Fairly Legal”), Daniel Arkin (“90210”) and Chris Downey (“King & Maxwell”) serve as executive producers. 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