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Google Play Store APK version 4.9.13 is now available to download. Although Google unveiled a number of new and exciting products and services at this year’s I/O dev conference, the showcasing of Android L – an unusual step for the Big G given that new versions of its mobile software tend to arrive later in the calendar – was certainly the highlight. The overbearing theme of Android L’s feature set was that of the so-called ‘Material Design,’ which will see a major overhaul of the smartphone and tablet software’s aesthetics, and today, with the trickling out of the Play Store 4.9.13 APK, we’ve been treated to yet another glimpse of things to come.

We caught a brief look at the Play Store app featuring that Material design back last month, at which point the search giant offered previews of several native apps for folk to mull over. Even though, with Play Store APK 4.9.13, we get to see some of these design effects put into action, we’d still very much suspect that this is a work in progress, and that, in fact, this is merely the first of several Material Design-peddling updates that we’re likely to see in advance of Android L.

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The roll out of the new Play Store app is currently in progress, although as ever, there’s nothing preventing you from grabbing the APK at the bottom of this thread, and simply installing it off your own accord.

Upon firing up the new Play Store, you’ll notice that app pages have largely been tweaked, with UI elements falling in line with the Material Design ethos. As fans of minimalism and slick design here at Redmond Pie, we’re also pleased to report that the new Play Store app also looks and feels just that little bit cleaner, although there are also some neat tweaks to functionality as well.

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App descriptions, for example, can be viewed in full-screen, which makes it easier to view this important content, while change logs only show for apps you have installed. The latter of these two is perhaps the smartest because, well, you don’t need to know "what’s new" when you didn’t even know what was old, and this space-saving tweak means you can concentrate instead on the description of the app or game you’re considering the download of.

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Download Google Play APK version 4.9.13 from here.

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