Hot on the heels of the recent iOS-like Play Store UI tweak, Google also appears to be rolling out (or at least testing) a further change. Today several of us here at Android Police have spotted a new bell indicator that pops out of the profile photo icon in the corner, indicating pending notices in the “notifications & offers” subsection, together with a tooltip that describes the feature.
Above: Tooltip indicating the new feature, visible as the bell icon and number in the gray oval to the left of the profile picture. Below: The full animation cycle.
The new bell indicator pops out from your profile photo after launching the Play Store, set in a slightly contrasting oval and swinging side to side a few times to grab your attention, with a number next to it indicating how many pending notices you have in the “notifications & offers” sub-menu accessible from the profile photo menu. After it has shaken its little bell booty a few times, the indicator fades away, replaced by a voice input icon and the search box’s text.
The first time it appears, a tooltip describing the feature is also visible, stating, “view your notifications and offers here.”
The new indicator may actually be handy. Some of our readers probably aren’t even aware that there is a “notifications & offers” section in the Play Store, though its lineage dates back to 2017, and some of the things it shows are actually handy. In addition to firing off notifications for deals and apps you’ve pre-registered for, it also notifies you about billing changes if you have subscriptions through Play. Mine is warning me about the Disney+ price increase, for example, and it can also show you promotions you might qualify for:
The two tabs in the “notifications & offers” section.
Some of these same notices spit an actual system notification as well, but not all of them seem to.
In short, it’s actually a pretty useful spot that can have both important notices and freebies, so grabbing your attention when there’s something new in it isn’t a bad idea.