The Google Play Store might eventually get the new Material Design treatment

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The next app to get Google’s new Material Design makeover could be the Google Play Store, according to 9to5Google‘s APK teardown a few days ago of version 14.5.52.

As seen in the comparison shots below, the biggest change is the prevalence of white. Unlike the current version of the Play Store, this version doesn’t even include dividers for apps and content within specific sections.

Some will like the minimalist approach, while others will admonish Google for the lack of color with the new Material Design. However you feel about the looks, there are plenty of other changes to go over.

First up is the bottom navigation bar, which features the Home, Games, Movies & TV, and Books tabs. Each tab features a color — Home and Games are green, Movies & TV is burgundy, and Books is blue. That said, the top area near the search bar doesn’t change color like it does in the current Google Play Store — only the tab section and the bottom tab lettering change color.

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Next up is the search bar, which features rounded corners and removes the Google Play watermark. In its place is a context-sensitive watermark. For example, the Home and Games sections feature a “Search for apps & games” watermark while the Books section features a “Search Books” watermark. Even the microphone icon receives a redesign, with only the microphone outline visible instead of the icon being filled in.

Delving further, app pages also feature all-white backgrounds with no dividers between sections. The install button is significantly wider than the current incarnation, with the download progress now a circle that wraps around the app icon.

You can check out 9to5Google‘s breakdown for more changes. We don’t know when the Play Store’s Material Design makeover will arrive, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled.

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Versace Tribute Leather iPhone Case at $1,100 CAD Gets Hands-On Treatment [VIDEO]

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Italian luxury brand Versace launched a new Tribute Leather iPhone X case last month, priced at $875 USD, or just over $1,100 Canadian dollars after tax ($1128.75 after GST from

How does an expensive iPhone case like this from Versace fair? Victoria-based YouTuber Justin Tse got his hands on one and shared a review on his channel. Tse has been reviewing some luxury smartphone accessories lately ^( and his latest is this leather case from Versace that is made in Italy.

Tse confirms this Versace Tribute Leather iPhone case does indeed fit the iPhone XS, despite marketed for the iPhone X.

The case is made of 60% calf leather and 40% plastic plus the case itself is “embellished by Tribute Gold tone Medusa medallions” along with a “Tribute Medusa medallion enriched leather strap.”

Tse said the medallions are plastic and the unboxing experience was underwhelming, with just a dust bag holding the case. The camera cutout is larger than normal and the leather strap is longer than normal, says Tse. The case’s thickness also does not support wireless charging. Overall, the case is more cosmetic more than anything, with its larger than necessary exposed upper area, lacking protection for the top of your device.

In a nutshell, an iPhone case which costs more than your iPhone. We are…doomed?