Along with introducing a handful of Messages options, Google is rolling out new icons for the SMS/RCS app, in addition to Phone and Contacts.
Replace 10/22: Model 22.214.171.1242243121 of Google Contacts introduces the brand new app icon. It’s slightly simple with no shadow and a white background. The Themed icon is barely extra fascinating and simplifies the ‘physique’ design. It does really feel extra distinctive than the earlier model.
This replace shouldn’t be but broadly rolled out by way of the Play Retailer, whereas the Google Phone app is subsequent and presumably profiting from its beta program.
Replace 10/21: Google is already rolling out the brand new Messages icon with model messages.android_20221018_01_RC00.cellphone.openbeta_dynamic. It’s additionally stay on Put on OS, and you may sign-up for that beta proper right here.
As anticipated, the blue icon is positioned on a lightweight background that’s fairly unremarkable. There’s no animated splash display screen, which even Google Chat options, and the animation seen in Google’s promo video doesn’t make an look at present.
In the meantime, the Themed icon is best and considerably extra recognizable even with its simplified brand.
Unique 10/20: These three icons proceed to share the identical type to convey that they’re a part of the identical app household answerable for communication. Overlapping message bubbles is the important thing motif right here to symbolize how texting (and calling) includes not less than two members. That is just like the inexperienced Google Chat brand.
A darker blue is used the place that overlap happens, whereas there are additionally two different shades of lighter blues in use. There’s a fake sense of shadow-derived depth — a rarity in fashionable Google iconography — because of this.
Within the case of the Google Messages icon (and to make sure continuity and consumer familiarity), blue additionally represents RCS’s (Wealthy Communication Providers) default bubble colour. It’s a recognizable icon, however the overlapping portion, particularly on the bottom-left and upper-right, end in a considerably imprecise and messy look.
Google Phone, Messages, and Contacts
In the meantime, the brand new Google Phone app icon appears to be like fairly good, whereas Contacts is simple sufficient, although the lighter shades of blue seem like arms as a substitute of what’s presumably supposed (folks side-by-side).
In comparison with the present 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. Total, they’re much less reasonable and extra stylized.
Google says these icons are meant to slot in with different first-party apps and “every is designed to adapt to Materials You themes.” There’s actually the flatness and lack of shadows as seen within the Workspace icons. Nonetheless, one other comparability is to the YouTube household of icons and its minimal colour palette.
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