UPDATED: Google's retooled Play store brings support for Google Glass apps
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out a revamped version of its Play online digital storefront introducing support for applications optimized for the company's Google Glass wearable technology.
Android and Me first posted a Play screenshot including Google Glass among devices supported for Google Play applications, although selecting Google Glass in the dropdown menu alerts users that the option cannot be chosen because they "have not opened the Google Play Store app recently on this device." Android user Nicolas Gramlich subsequently posted a screenshot to his Google+ page listing Google Glass among the devices supported by the A Play! Multiplayer Console app.
Google Glass is is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. The technology displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, enabling users to interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands.
Google did not respond to a request for comment.
The overhauled Google Play brings the site in line with its Android app counterpart, emphasizing larger images and groupings of similarly themed content designed to make it easier for users to find the apps and entertainment they're looking for. Highlights include drop-down menus simplifying access to different Android app categories, top charts and new releases, alongside a sidebar enabling one-click access to movies/TV, music, books, magazines and devices as well as wishlists, gift cards and Play credits.
The new online version of Google Play mirrors the app version of the storefront.
While the previous version of Google Play split Android app information across tabbed pages, the update consolidates all app descriptions, images and user reviews on one page, recalling the online incarnation of archrival Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store.
Google rolled out the new-look Play to Android devices in April. "As you move down the page, new recommendations continue to appear so there is always more to see and explore," Google Play Group Product Manager Michael Siliski said at that time. "We've also simplified purchasing so you can breeze through checkout and get to enjoying your movie rental or other content."
Google Play (formerly Android Market) launched in October 2008 and now boasts more than 800,000 apps optimized for Android devices. The Android OS powers 52.4 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, according to comScore data issued earlier this month.
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UPDATED July 16 to include Google Glass information