collectively with introducing a handful of Messages options, Google is rolling out new icons for the SMS/RCS app, as properly as to telephone and Contacts.
replace eleven/20: As with the cell mannequin, the telephone app was up up to now final on put on OS. The replace rolled out over the weekend and completes the mannequin new icon trio on watches virtually a month after Contacts and Messages.
- Contacts: 1.sixteen.zero.483846653-put on
- Messages: messages.android_20221115_01_RC00.put on.openbeta dynamic
- telephone: 27.zero.487435690-launch-put on
replace 10/28: solely every week after the icons had been introduced, telephone by Google has been up up to now with the mannequin new emblem. The telephone icon is now flatter than earlier than, whereas the Themed mannequin is form of straightforward. mannequin ninety two.zero.484272277 rolled out to the beta channel this morning, although it’s not but there on put on OS.
replace 10/22: mannequin three.seventy nine.25.482243121 of Google Contacts introduces the mannequin new app icon. It’s reasonably straightforward with no shadow and a white background. The Themed icon is barely extra consideration-grabbing and simplifies the ‘physique’ design. It does really feel extra distinctive than the earlier mannequin.
This replace will not be but broadly rolled out by way of the Play retailer, whereas the Google telephone app is subsequent and presumably making primarily the most of its beta program.
replace 10/21: Google is already rolling out the mannequin new Messages icon with mannequin messages.android_20221018_01_RC00.telephone.openbeta_dynamic. It’s additionally dwell on put on OS, and also you will signal-up for that beta proper right here.
As anticipated, the blue icon is positioned on a lightweight background that’s pretty unremarkable. There’s no animated splash display, which even Google Chat options, and the animation seen in Google’s promo video would not make an look right this second.
in the meantime, the Themed icon is most interesting and considerably extra recognizable even with its simplified emblem.
unique 10/20: These three icons proceed to share the identical vogue to convey that they’re an factor of the identical app household answerable for communication. Overlapping message bubbles is the important factor motif right here to signify how texting (and calling) includes no decrease than two individuals. that is simply simply like the inexperienced Google Chat emblem.
A darker blue is used the place that overlap occurs, whereas there are additionally two utterly different shades of lighter blues in use. there is a pretend sense of shadow-derived depth — a rarity in trendy Google iconography — consequently.
inside the case of the Google Messages icon (and to make sure that continuity and consumer familiarity), blue additionally represents RCS’s (rich Communication companies) default bubble shade. It’s a recognizable icon, nonetheless the overlapping portion, particularly on the underside-left and elevated-proper, lead to a considerably imprecise and messy look.
Google telephone, Messages, and Contacts
in the meantime, the mannequin new Google telephone app icon seems to be pretty good, whereas Contacts is straightforward sufficient, although the lighter shades of blue look like arms as a substitute of what’s presumably supposed (people facet-by-facet).
as in contrast with the current icon set, these icons would possibly stand out much less in the event that they’re positioned on a lightweight background as a substitute of darkish blue. general, they’re much less practical and extra stylized.
Google says these icons are presupposed to slot in with utterly different first-get together apps and “every is designed to adapt to supplies You themes.” There’s definitely the flatness and lack of shadows as seen inside the Workspace icons. nonetheless, one other comparability is to the YouTube household of icons and its minimal shade palette.
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