24
Mar
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Now that the Chromecast is truly coming into its own, Google can turn its attention to the little things. Specifically, the icon. The current cast icon design works fine for some apps, but not so well for others. The new guidelines are aimed at making the status of the icon easier to discern across a range of apps designs.

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The old icon relied on a change in color to indicate connected/non-connected (see below). In some apps, it was more like a change in shading – far too subtle. The updated guidelines direct developers to use a solid fill in the screen portion of the icon to indicate a connection. With a few different color choices, developers get a ready-made icon set that will stand out well in almost any app.

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The new assets will be available for devs in the next update to the Media Router Support Library, and there are new PSD templates for those using custom Cast icons. The new icon will probably show up in Google's apps first, but watch for other apps to be updated too.

[+Android Developers]

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  • darkdude1

    Looks nice :)

  • thiazzi

    Much-needed

    • Carla Adam

      Icon guidelines are different on Android and iOS.

      • Adam Glazier

        The icons for Android and iOS are different because the styles of each OS are different.

        Google worked to make the icon similar across platforms, but prefers the modern approach of letting the icon adapt to the context.

  • FFS

    Quiet news day? :-)

  • Trenton Seagoe

    I like this. Makes it seem better.

    I like aesthetics.

  • Kree Terry

    Ahh, so much better.

  • Jondan Rothfus

    Now lets just get Google to organize their other apps to use only one singular icon across all services and systems (such as iOS, Android, Chrome, and web). Greatly needed!

    • bozzykid

      I don't see why they would do that. Icon guidelines are different on Android and iOS.

    • Adam Glazier

      Iconography between OS's and app developers will always be different. Because of this, the best icons are able to adapt to the style of each app or OS so that the entire app or OS feels consistent.

  • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

    So I wasn't the only one hurt by the Blue-on-Orange color in Play Music :)

    • Jay T

      Nope!
      A: that was ugly as anything
      B: it wasn't very clear about the status

  • RockAndRock

    I prefer the old version... :/

  • c00ller

    This could help with the sometimes confusing Quick Settings tiles

  • Simon Belmont

    This will be much nicer than it currently is. Though, I have a feeling that I'll need to get used to the new "off but available" if it's blue because my brain may process it as "on" until it relearns the new icons.

    Nice job, Google. Refinement for the win.

    • Sean Thomas

      it's just for the icons that are already blue....so like, in iOS. There are examples in the post. If your app didn't have blue icons already it wont now.

      • Simon Belmont

        What I meant was when, for example, the YouTube app, was connected the cast icon was blue with an empty "screen". That blue icon now means it's not connected but can be (if a blue icon is being used, like in the YouTube app).

        The new cast icons simply add a fill to the rectangle of to make it seem like the "TV" in the icon is on when it's actively connected to the Chromecast. So I'll have to retrain my brain to remember that YouTube isn't connected when I see the blue cast icon with the empty "screen".

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