Jelly Bean Google Play?

While we know next to nothing about Google's upcoming Jelly Bean operating system at this point, one leaked image suggests the next major Android release will deliver a revamped Google Play store.

The store was already given a new name earlier this year after Google ditched the "Android Market" moniker in favor of Google Play, but on the inside very little had changed in terms of aesthetics. That may not be the case next week, however, when Google unveils Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

According to the image you see above, which was picked up by Italian website HD Blog after being posted to Google+ by Loranz Yousif, Google Play will adopt a fresh new look, which will see the return of the featured apps carousel at the top of the page. New tabs along the bottom of the app will provide quick and simple access to other sections of the store, such as movies, music, and books.

It certainly looks rather nice from where I'm sitting, but it's possible that this image is merely the work of a handy photoshopper. First, how Yousif managed to obtain this image or even access to an unreleased Google Play store is a mystery. And he's yet to reply to comments that are calling the screenshot a fake.

We'll be sure to keep you posted. But in the meantime, what do you think of this look?

UPDATE: Yousif has confirmed on Google+ that this was indeed a mockup. That was to be expected really, but it is a shame — I do like the new look.

[via TechRadar]