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25 Oct 11 Chrome Web Store gets a tablet-friendly redesign

In the middle of 2010, Google finally cut the ribbon on the Chrome Web Store, making .CRX web apps available to users of Google Chrome around the globe. At first it was a bit of a mess — themes were still hosted on the original gallery site — as were extensions, and the overall design was a bit of a throwback.

But that’s all changed today, as Google has taken the wraps off a totally redesigned Chrome Web Store. The landing page has a much cleaner layout than the original version and it also now feels a bit like the Android Market — which was overhauled earlier this year. A panel at the top of the page cycles through featured apps, and Google has enabled infinite scrolling below. Keep flicking your wheel, and Google will continue displaying additional apps for you.

Categories and a search box are provided on the left side, along with a link to popular downloads and Google’s curated collections. Detail pages have also been revamped, and there’s now a much greater emphasis on screenshots and videos. Details and user reviews have been moved to separate tabs.

There’s also more than a hint of tablet-friendliness (which probably won’t surprise faithful Geek readers): elements are generally larger and spaced to better accommodate finger taps. Tablet sales have now surpassed netbooks, and it’s known that Google is working on two of its own products that would benefit from this change. The first, of course, is a tablet-ready version of Chrome OS. The second is the Chrome browser, now thought to be headed to the Android OS — which is already powering millions of tablets.

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