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Included in Android's design guidelines is a section regarding iconography. The guidelines give very specific instructions on how to design a launcher icon for Android - it should have a unique silhouette, it should have a slight downward perspective, and it should be clearly visible no matter what wallpaper is behind it.

Many have opined, however, that it's odd that Google maintains different iconography for its apps on Android and their corresponding web services. For instance, on the web, Gmail's icon is a flat, closed envelope, with a long shadow, while on Android it's a more dimensional open envelope with the M appearing on the "paper" inside.

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Gmail's web icon vs Android counterpart

It could be argued that having different icons for different platforms makes sense, but if today's rumor is to be believed, Android's icons may soon take a step toward the style of their web counterparts.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs we can distribute or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

Confidence Level

This rumor gets a 7/10. Points are deducted because purely design-based changes can fluctuate quite a bit leading up to final release, and because we do not have any software-based evidence for these changes (like icons hiding in an APK teardown for instance). That said, from the information available to us, it seems likely that this rumor will come to fruition in some form, even if what we are looking at is not the final product.

The Rumor

The rumor, if you haven't guessed it already, is that Google will be changing the style of its launcher icons for Android apps to more closely resemble those of its web properties. This new style, internally referred to as "Moonshine" would see Android icons take on a somewhat flatter appearance, with long, hard shadows behind prominent elements, reminiscent of what can be seen in Google's existing visual asset guidelines (see them on Behance).

The implication here, besides pretty new icons, would be that Android's design guidelines would need to be updated. Suddenly, square or circular boilerplate icons would look a little out of place, and those with textures or other dimensional elements would need to fall into line with this new style to stay current.

What's interesting, though, is that the icons we see (below) that do have corresponding web icons aren't identical to existing web icons - these icons look different and more sophisticated. It's difficult to account for this discrepancy unless Google plans to update the iconography of its web products with the new aesthetic as well. In an ideal world, things would either be identical or different, not just pretty similar, but if the icons on Android and the web were both updated, it'd be a welcome change since - as we'll see - not all of Google's web icons even carry the same aesthetic.

The Evidence

Thanks to a source familiar with the new designs, we can see below icons for Play Music, Books, Movies, and Games, alongside Google+, Calendar, People, Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Camera, and the Play Store. Interestingly, the Play Store icon seen here has a Play symbol with a bluish green color scheme rather than the multicolored scheme currently embedded in Play Store branding. Additionally, while Music, Books, and Games have apparently retained their current brand colors, Movies has a purple icon. Again though, there's no real way to be certain where in the design process these icons are, so everything is possibly subject to change.

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To more easily visualize the change, let's look at the icons above that have corresponding web icons compared to their current web and Android counterparts. Again note that while, according to Google's visual guidelines, the web icons should theoretically all appear relatively flat with hard shadows, the current web icons can't really be called consistent in their approach. Likewise, the current Android icons do not all perfectly match the suggestions laid forth in Android's guidelines.

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Left: current web icons Middle: current Android icons Right: rumored Android icons 

Update

Update 4/14/14 10am PT: We now have one more bit of evidence that these icons are likely the real deal. The below screenshot of a Google Partners page (access code required) shows what appear to be the Calendar, YouTube, and Maps icons we see above. This doesn't confirm that the icons will be coming to Android, but does suggest that they are real, and could well appear elsewhere. (Thanks, Florian!)

google-partners 

Final Thoughts

If the rumor pans out, Google's Android icons are going to get a makeover. Whether these are the icons' final forms is impossible to say at the moment, but it would be interesting to see a flatter aesthetic take hold, more in line with the simplified, distilled nature of Google's current web icons. It will also be interesting to see what changes this brings to existing guidelines. Here's hoping that - whenever the change occurs - we'll get some sort of consistency.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Can Altas

    The new Play Store icon makes it a bit unseriuous...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I think you mistyped "ridiculously sexy."

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        No he didn't

        • DiamondAvatar

          It's called a joke.

        • vyktorsouza

          figh. fight. fight.

        • dwean

          yeah he did

          • Martin

            Its a walk off!

      • Grahaman27

        The colors are wrong, the maps icon is especially unlikely. Google would literally have to change branding for some of these to be true.

        Androidnpolice is going a little crazy with the rumors lately and I have a hard time believing any of them.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Let's revisit this discussion towards the end of the year.

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            You so know much more than you are letting on!

          • Guest

            Rumors are rumors. He has good reason to believe this has a high probability of turning out correct. BUT as the article states stuff can change. He does say hes fairly certain the meat of this article will occur

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            I wasn't referring specifically to the article, if you see artem's comments on various reddit threads, his Google+ comments and the occasional comment here - you will build up the picture he has a lot of knowledge on the stuff that is still to come.

          • IJerkItYerMumSlurpsIt

            REKT AGAIN

        • Aooga

          Considering they've RARELY been wrong (if ever), I tend to believe them.

      • IJerkItYerMumSlurpsIt

        REKT

    • John

      I have to say although I like it its too cool (blues & greens), and it doesn't match with the Play services colours (red, orange, blue and green).

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

    "Whether these are the icons' final forms is impossible to say at the moment"

    You fool! http://i.imgur.com/xG7inSM.jpg

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      DAT DBZ reference

    • Gokh

      Uu, why?? the 3D effect in the current icons is really nice

      • Bruno

        No, Not at all. 2D looks better, 3D icons for me makes me feel like the devs are trying to say ''He look at me, i'm trying myself to 3D, i'm cool''...

  • Kieron Quinn

    I personally like them, they're like the JFK ones http://carlosjj.deviantart.com/art/Google-JFK-Icons-ICO-and-PNG-270715545

  • Darrien Glasser
  • Angelo Zappalà

    Why...

  • Badouken

    Not feeling the new maps icon... Just looks super ugly... They just need to add in some green and I think it would look way better! The play store icon I don't hate but I feel like the new one will just take same time to get used to.

    Then again this is freaking android if you don't like it load an icon pack or change the icons image to whatever you prefer.

  • epsiblivion

    proposed calendar and hangouts are just ughgh for me

  • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

    Anyone else irked by the calendar and people icon?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I love them.

      • Bluewall

        I love you.

        • vyktorsouza

          better love story than Twilight

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Anything is better than twilight

          • Badouken

            Thats the joke

    • k2hsharpe

      tbh, I prefer 6 out of the 8 current icons to those proposed, with one undecided. And yah, that proposed calendar one will have me gritting my teeth if it ever gets adopted

    • wakefinance

      Those are the only two I have a problem with. The calendar icon is much worse than the people icon in my view. The upper section is distractingly dark. I've never seen a calendar that pins to a wall and also folds halfway down the page. And it bothers me that the upper "page" exceeds the boundaries of what would otherwise be a fairly regular quadrilateral shape.

  • vyktorsouza

    time to uninstall that icon pack

  • Steve Jobs

    Wallpaper pls

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Isn't it stock?

    • Bojan Tomic

      Type Nexus 5 or KitKat wallpapers in Google Search.

  • flyerwire

    The new music icon is fantastic

    • SamLehman617

      The current Play Music icon is easily the worst looking icon IMO. There's so much going on in an icon that could look like a simple pair of headphones.

      • Reggie

        I really liked the original grey GM icon, with just a touch of orange.

        Overall, some of these new icons I like more, some I like less. *shrug*

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        The main problem is that they tried to implement the X-gradient pattern from the other Play icons (and Play logo) into a complex shape (headphones) while still keeping it this shiny, jelly-like shape. So there are at least three conflicting design elements that combine for a perfect storm of confusion.

    • ddpacino

      YES! That is the one that's been bugging me the most, especially on Chrome since it's much larger than it would be on a phone.

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    HOT.

  • Wis

    Looks fantastic, want them like this. Google, do it... +1

    • SSDROiD

      Steve Jobs on AndroidPolice? Just when I thought I had seen everything today...

  • sam

    Nice icons. I am also hoping that Google will soon release these apps to the Play Store:

    Camera, Gallery, Clock, Phone, Calculator, People, Email

    • http://canerk.com/ Caner Kamburoglu

      Gallery is dead.

      • Önder

        Her yerdesin :)

        • ☺☺☺☺

          ☺☺☺☺☺☺

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Yet it still ships with stock firmware, so much for being desd

        • bpear96

          Doesn't ship on newest GPe devices

        • bozzykid

          That is only because the original Nexus 5 release didn't have a complete Google+ Photos app ready to replace it. It is missing from all of the newer GPE phones and will surely be missing from any newer hardware. Google doesn't like to remove apps in software updates.

      • http://acousticconfusion.tumblr.com/ Kwackers

        It is?

      • Magneira

        Not its not, every time you download android from aosp, the galery will be there, even if the galery is not on nexus or gpe devices, it does not mean its not in android, nexus and gpe are now google experiences, they are not more 100% stock, you can see on the nexus 5 with its dialer and homescreen.

  • Bojan Tomic

    The only thing I don't like are shadows on Hangouts, YouTube and G+ icons, everything else looks amaaazing! :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's funny. I think the shadows are the best parts. I love them.

      • Bojan Tomic

        Yeah, it's a personal preference, to be honest. I never liked any icon packs with shadows, while others adore those. :D

      • kekkojoker90

        OT but why google remove the sync with bookmarks for every oem don't use chrome (like htc and lg) from 4.4 onward?

  • Derek Traini

    I love it!!! I cannot wait to see what Google does with Android. It needs a color refresh and it looks like it is definitely getting it.

    • John

      PROJECT KENNEDY FTW!!!

  • http://www.thelewisshow.com mlewis106

    I will not miss the current Play Music icon. I have never hated an icon so much since Windows 95.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Is it me or you guys have been posting a lot of rumours lately?

    • vyktorsouza

      a new version of android is right around the corner, it's normal
      and so far, all of them are welcome for me

      • Nick

        Please keep posting them. IO isn't for another 2 1/2 months so I need something

  • disqus_5k2hWwhCrm

    Fugly.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Jesus christ what the hell is wrong with all those "shadows"? The hangouts and youtube icon look terrible because of it, but the G+ icon takes the grand prize.

    • Mike Gonzalez

      well, i like them

    • Jaymoon

      The long-shadow style is really the one design trend I can't force myself to like, no matter how much I've tried.

  • bL4Ck

    I'm ok with this make over, problem is, how much time will pass before third party devs will update theirs? i still see a ton of iphonish icons in the playstore and some still follow guidelines only partially.

    • vyktorsouza

      worse
      "iPhone-ish with iOS 5", I mean, wtf
      in my opinion Google should be more strict to the apps in Play Store and how they look so it stops being so messy

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        The issue with regulating icons in particular is that unless you use an iOS-style boilerplate system it would be tough to draw hard lines on what is or is not acceptable in a way that allows people to both understand the guidelines and design freely.

        • vyktorsouza

          I meant not only the icons, but the app interface itself, I love android and would never leave it for iOS but I envy how the iOS ecosystem is much more consistent and the devs are so much more dedicated, even with those strict rules and approval times

          • SSDROiD

            Perfect description of my feelings as well!

          • Kcls

            One of everyone's biggest qualms with android. You have no idea how many times I've wished they would wipe the whole play store and make everyone resubmit their apps, but have them follow some sort of guidelines.

          • vyktorsouza

            exactly

    • Mark Curtis

      Seriously, "suddenly square or circular boilerplate icons will look a little out of place"? They already do since they aren't a "distinct silhouette with a slight 3d effect as if viewed from above". Developers will continue to lazily copy/paste their iOS icon.

    • dylanmfh

      There is at least an option to fix the inconsistency in android...icon packs.

  • Stoik

    Year, long Shadow-Style rocks..

  • Mario E Hdez

    I really like this.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Yep. As mentioned in the post, these may not be the final versions. In fact, several versions of the Newsstand icon actually shipped inside the Play Store and KitKat start guide before the final one came to light. That said, Google doesn't exactly have a spotless record when it comes to consistency.

      • MichellBak

        Replying here in hopes that Liam will see this. Chris Banes - who works on the Android team - recently updated the icon of his Philm app. It uses the same visual style. Here's the icon: https://lh3.ggpht.com/XVh7dBzbi5_SMNRRJ8Y4tFCqgrylDNo8_qgp05kq76di7fspeOzBupgM-0ubNdXutpA=w512-rw

        • Brandon Smith

          That's not much proof, sadly. That's just an example of the long shadow design trend that's been going on (and on the downward slope, if you ask me) for the last year.

          http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/long-shadow-design/

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          Yep. In fact the Wallet, Translate, and Opinion Rewards icons have followed Google's web style for some time now (I'm sure there are others I'm missing). Not surprising to see an app here or there switch over, but I am hopeful that we will see all Google's icons brought into line with one another as this leak suggests.

      • Mario E Hdez

        Very true.

    • IJerkItYerMumSlurpsIt

      I understand OCD but holy shit...

    • http://eichefam.net/ Paul

      CANNOT UNSEE

  • Scott

    Most of them are great. I don't care for the Maps icon, It's a bit bland in compairison

    • SSDROiD

      I don't like the proposed Google Maps icon simply because it's one hell of a middle-finger to color-blind people. :(

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        How so? Don't they see everything grey anyway? <.<

      • Dennis Ulijn

        I'm color blind. Care to tell me what I am missing?

        • SSDROiD

          Maybe it only applies to specific color-blindness. All I know is, I want to see the (yellow?) backgrounded roads on the proposed Maps icon, but the background color makes the roads extremely difficult for me to see and it annoys my eyes. Thus, at a quick glance the proposed icon makes it seem like it's pinpointing in the middle of the ocean since I can't see anything but the blue-ish background unless I really spend an effort trying to see the colored roads.

          • Dennis Ulijn

            I have the most common for of color blindness (deuteranopia) which gives me problems in seeing the difference between orange and green. But you're saying you have a problem of seeing the yellow roads on the grey background?

          • SSDROiD

            I have both, apparently. I have the biggest problem with orange/green, but the proposed Maps icon here also gave my eyes problems.

  • Jovie Brett Bardoles

    I'm hoping this leaked shot of makeover of a group of icons is not a HOAX, damn those icons are really beautiful! Way to go Google! love it :D

  • nawa

    Aren't these similar to what was rumored as a part of 4.4 update?

    And to be honest, I don't like most of them. Only Gmail is nice.

  • bud

    Can we get a icon pack of these?

  • http://techsym.com/ cubanresourceful

    These icons look great. I really hope the web icons change to be the same, it's always bothered me the difference between the two. Also, I hope the new Android icons do not have different heights....

  • Ryan Callihan

    Looking good! I hope the long shadows are ditched... I never understood icons with long shadows. They imply an unseen light source coming from the top left. I just don't get it.

    • vyktorsouza

      "They imply an unseen light source coming from the top left."
      you're overthinking it

      • Ryan Callihan

        Probably. As a graphic design major it's pretty easy for to happen to me. I'll get over it eventually.

        • Dennis Ulijn

          I don't think you're overthinking it... What you're saying is true: it looks like there's a bright light in the topleft corner. I don't understand why Google wants to move to flat UI colors, have flat icons, but then randomly throw in shadows... To me the shadow looks nice if it's very subtle, like the Photos app. The maps icon is the ugliest icon, hope they will never choose that one.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I think the hard shadow trend is a way for designers to differentiate things that, in real life, would be on top of one another but which, in a flat design, would appear as just part of the same shape. I don't see any issue with implicit light sources, as long as their behavior is concurrent with reality in some way.

      • Ryan Callihan

        When explained that way it begins to make sense. It's just that I feel if designers are going to use the "flat" design, then the moniker should match the creation. Flat means that it's all compressed into one shape (at least that's what I take it to mean) and signaling what's "on top" in a flat design seems unnecessary.

        I guess what I'm trying to say is that what's on top "real life" shouldn't be incorporated into flat design. Of course, that's just what I take flat to mean. I could be taking it too literally.

  • ElfirBFG

    I've been using Min icons for close to two years, had no idea what the stock ones even looked like at the moment.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Fucking awful, it's like a 10-year old made an icon pack for custom launcher..

  • A2theC

    This is clearly just an icon pack someone threw together, I'm sure you find this to download already!
    Anyway, I don't see the correlation between the words "sexy" and a slightly bluer tint with rounded edges.
    Regardless, they should pick a theme and stock with it for consistency, ADD changing all the time, that's what icon packs are for.

  • Bojan Tomic

    There are no "Android 5.58 confirmed!" comments yet? Weird.

    • SSDROiD

      "Android 5.58" ROFL

      • http://www.scaryuncledevin.com/ Devin Rodriguez

        It's light years ahead, man.

        • SSDROiD

          Light years is a measure of distance, not time...

          • sbtm

            So? Still makes sense.

          • SSDROiD

            How does that make sense? If I tell you the next Android version is 15 metres away, does that make sense?

          • b52

            "Miles off" is a semi-common phrase where I live.

          • qazzaq

            Erm actually, its quite common when someone asks you how far something is to say "its about 10 minutes away from here"
            Distance can be portrayed using time as a measure and vice-versa.

          • SSDROiD

            Good arguments you other commentators have! I will agree with you, but I also stand by my second response earlier that only certain phrases and expressions work. :)

          • SamLehman617

            If he said it was miles ahead, it would make sense, so why not lightyears?

          • http://acousticconfusion.tumblr.com/ Kwackers

            It's both, actually.

          • Pierce H.

            Streets ahead.

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            It's like the phrase "it's just so far ahead of the competition" - which is distance related or "it's so far ahead, none of the others will ever catch up" which is distance related or "it's so far ahead that the only thing the others can see is a tiny bright speck in the distance" - it is common to use distance related phrases in this context.

          • Eric S

            In special relativity distance and time are interconvertible.

          • http://www.scaryuncledevin.com/ Devin Rodriguez

            It was a joke about marketing terms.

  • Patrik Jajo Jajcay

    Damn that hangouts icon looks so cool

  • anmolm97

    Very iOS-ish!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      No, it's not.

    • vyktorsouza

      lol wut, FAR away from that
      is it a "trend" now? every post there's one of those^ comments

    • heat361

      These icons look nothing like iOS icons. IOS icons are flourscent, flat with no shadows and they are all one shape.

  • George Brooke

    some of those still look nothing like web eg calendar and all the play somethigns except for play store.

  • Marcus Nailor

    Who want's to be the first to put these icons into an app so we can apply them to our launchers? :D

    • vyktorsouza

      look for "long shadow icon pack", google just followed a trend, it's nothing new to users

  • black

    This is awful! If they do this, I'm going to stop using Google services all together. I may even go as far as switching to an iphone, and using the back cover to cut myself and bleed to death.

    • SSDROiD

      That escalated quickly.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Finally someone with an appropriate, level-headed response to these icons.

    • vyktorsouza

      "I'm going to stop using Google services all together"
      good luck on that

    • Bojan Tomic

      I'd like to see you give up Google Search and YouTube.. lol

  • wollac11

    On the whole I think they are pretty horrible.

  • NemaCystX

    I love this new flat look. It is going to look gorgeous on our screens!

  • RockAndRock

    OMG ! It's beautiful ! *-*

  • WitnessG

    I like all of them except the Play store icon. I prefer the old 4 colors instead of the blue and green.

  • Aaron Hawkins

    kovdev called and wants his nox-ish "long, hard shadows" and "downward perspective" back.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Hard shadows have been a trend for quite a while now, and in fact they're a part of Google's existing visual asset guidelines for the web, which I linked in the post.

      • Aaron Hawkins

        yes, you did. ;-) january 2012 duly noted.

  • DrM

    XDA has ruined my life.
    Whenever I hear "Moonshine" the first thing that pops to mind is S-Off...

  • damee

    I do not like the new Maps and Play Movies icons.

    The most important thing is that they keep Android icons ( consistent ) with the their web once.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    These look nice. I'm okay with this.

  • Aaron Hafitz

    These look great!

    • Marcus Nailor

      Much prefer them to what we currently have (Still don't mind the older ones :P)

  • DiamondAvatar

    Play Books looks a lot like the new Microsoft Word icon.

  • Sam Del Valle

    I like them. However the Play Store and Google Maps icon are the only ones I have a problem with

    • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

      Same here, but I'll add that I don't like the new color of the Movies app to purple. It should stay red

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        I'm guessing they did that to differentiate it from Google+, since that's another 'Google Play' app that's red. If they are going to make UIs that match the color of the app's logo (like Play Music), then it'd be kinda weird to have both of them be red.

        That's just my two cents.

        • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

          I can see that, but then wouldn't it clash with Play Newsstand icon which is purple? Also I thought it was red to help it match with the YouTube app which also about video. Either way, we will see what it really is if and when this debuts.

          • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

            Newsstand is much more indigo than it is purple, I would say. It's closer to a blue.

    • Nick Mordowanec

      Agree. Maps icon is a downgrade.

    • WitnessG

      Yeah, the colors on the Play Store icon bother me.

      • Sam Del Valle

        Well if it IS real and the rumors are correct, at least its early and they can tweak the colors of the icons

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Hmm I actually like these new icons, much better than the web counterparts even though they look more alike.

  • Adrian

    Never really cared for most of the stock Android icons. One of the first things I've done when getting a new phone is add a custom launcher and custom icons. The stock ones never seem to be the same size as each other nor made by teams who communicate. Anything that brings some uniformity and some style is welcome.

    I know, I know, everyone loves the stock look... except those of us who don't. The icons always just seemed ... bland... to me.

  • http://google.com/+ThomasBeling Thomas Beling

    Hot, definitely hot! Long awaited step forward.

  • Altos

    I removed the background of the icons because I like it better that way, it's not the best work one could do, but it was just a quick PS, here's a picture if anyone's interested.

    • Altos

      A bit better quality at Imgur: http://i.imgur.com/XSfsLdf.jpg

      • Guest

        Can you fix up the reversed shadow on the gmail icon too? It's frustrating me!

        • Алекс

          Not reversed. Correct physical light from left side.

      • Guest

        You should'nt have erased the inside of the "photos" icon. Keep the inside white as it was. Good job btw.

        • Altos

          I was actually wondering when I did that if I should erase the insides of the Photos icon and the two circles in the Calendar icon, I should've just looked at the current web icon and then it'd have been obvious, but I didn't think of that at the time.

        • Fatty Bunter

          Disagree. I think he's correct.

          • Zomby2D

            Looking at the current web & Android versions, I also think the middle should stay white.

          • Fatty Bunter

            This guy disagrees: http://www.tha-icon.com/

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            The visual metaphor is a pinwheel, where the inside of the foil fins is silver or white, and visible from the front, as non-traditional a pinwheel as that may make. As Laurentiu points out, this icon actually does have a center (like its web counterpart).

          • Fatty Bunter

            I see what you're saying, but I think people can still interpret a pinwheel without a defined center. Personally, I think it looks cleaner without a center and adds a bit of a elegance.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            Oh they can definitely still determine it's a pinwheel, I just mean that the icon in reality has a center, good-looking or otherwise. I think it could go either way, but I do think the center adds some weight to the overall shape and keeps it from feeling too floaty.

          • Laurențiu Selei

            if you look closer there is a shadow so the inside should be white (I made it more clear here) http://i.imgur.com/rjl1lbj.jpg

        • André Dias

          Nope it should be removed

      • j7981

        Thanks for doing that!

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      Seriously, why does Google want them to have a background? Looks so much better without.

      • Zomby2D

        They don't. The icons were taken from the home screen picture in the article, hence the background.

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          Thank goodness.

    • warcaster

      FFS, even with the backgrounds, Google STILL made all the icons unequal, and the main purpose of backgrounds is to make them all look equal! Otherwise it's just uglier all around.

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        They seem roughly proportional to one another in the same way the current icons are, for what that's worth. What I mean is both versions of Calendar seem like they are equally oversized compared to, say, Hangouts.

        I go back and forth on whether this is problematic. To some extent, having square and circular icons means a little fudging of the math to get the shapes to look "equal" next to each other, but I don't think Google has nailed down exactly how much fudging is acceptable.

  • joem

    Funnily enough, I was just on the Play Books store and the icons they are using for the suggestions seem to fit right in with these new icons above, notably, the new fading drop shadow.

    • Aooga

      Nice find.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I didn't notice the current photos icon was that messy.

  • Android Developer

    I don't like this change, at least not for the play store...

    • http://mikelward.com/ Mikel

      I always thought it was weird the Play Store didn't use Google colors.

  • Cham

    Except g+ icon all others suck...

  • http://www.tarasmuz.ru/ Taras Lanchev

    How about someone pack these into an icon pack? Just a small suggestion...

  • Kartadam

    Does that mean Play Store will just sell applications and we will get the books through Play Books or Movies through Play Movies etc?

  • http://www.amongtech.com/ Niels Bosch

    anyone knows an icon pack that looks similar to the "proposed android" icons?

    • diversion

      Just wait a couple hours for someone to make an apk out of these screenshots.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Bring it on Google! My Nexus 5 is ready!

  • numpty

    The current icons look a whole lot nicer than the proposed ones.

  • http://www.scaryuncledevin.com/ Devin Rodriguez

    I'll just stick my icon packs, thanks. They bring more consistency across the system as a whole.

  • Ben Baranovsky

    I love the new maps, calendar, and (especially) Google Play icons!

  • folkrav

    *deleted*

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I simply cut these directly out of their context, and adjusted their size to match with the other two icons in each respective row.

  • Sycobob

    I normally love seeing Android's design evolve, but I don't the proposed style here at all. Of each icon, I like the web or current icon more than the new one. They feel plain and cartoony. The long shadows are just plain ugly, to me. Here's hoping these are still being iterated on.

  • Rich

    Did anyone died?

  • Brenden Keene

    Dislike

  • godutch

    I really hope these suggestions don't turn out to be true, I hate rounded icons, they look messy , square icons appear to line out nicely when they all have the same dimensions

  • jerk robot

    You stupid people. Who cares what they look like so long as they work. What it's this, apple? Android users care more about substance than style.

    • AbbyZFresh

      What's wrong with having both? Google's not removing anything feature wise.

      It's been proven time and again people love style. Why do iPhones sell soo much more than any single Android phone. HTC almost got it but their marketing delivery didn't get up there.

    • Sam Hollis

      Yeah, screw design! Let's go back to Gingerbread's UI!

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Part of what makes an app "work" is a pleasant and thoughtful interface. That means style, and every user's experience with an app's style begins with its icon.

  • http://mikelward.com/ Mikel

    Hopefully this means Google is fixing one of the "things I can't stand about Android".

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/09/18/ux-things-i-hate-about-android/#no-two-icons-are-the-same-size

  • Jays2Kings

    I just noticed the Calendar is folded/bent/whatever the wrong way, as if you're going back in time.

  • Hobie Helbich

    They definitely don't look finished... Look at the top corners of the Gmail icon; you can see the white a little bit.

    However, I really like the new icons! Other than the Play Movies... it looks weird. I'll be happy if they turn out this way... I like the flat style and I'm impartial the to long shadows. I just wonder why the Play Store is only blue though...

  • matt

    LOVE

    • Scott

      This isn't facebook.

      • Jeff

        Says the guy using a selfie for his avatar...

        • Scott

          I know this is difficult for you to understand but I didn't take that picture. It's just cropped.

  • name

    weird shadowy style will get old REALLY FAST.

  • chris125

    Like those icons much better than current icons.

  • FlyingPies155

    I prefer the current icons than the new ones

  • BrahManty

    While at the moment I prefer Google's current icons, I also love watching how Google has slowly brought all their products into the same design guidelines over the years. This will be a welcome step, even if the icons themselves seem a little less aesthetically pleasing to us now. Google has a history of coming out with new icons that I dislike at first, but grow on me after some time, so I'm not too worried.

    • Nathan

      I am already starting to like them!

    • AbbyZFresh

      This. I hated the hamburger UI Google uses today when they first started implementing them during Jellybean to their new guidelines. Now I cant wait to developers to update their old UI to the current one.

    • MaryJane

      I wish they'd give Google Voice some love and update it to the current design language. It almost feels like it's about to go the way of Reader.

      • Hobie Helbich

        Pretty sure they're going to integrate it into Hangouts...

      • Simon

        They are gonna merge Google Voice and Hangouts, so it will go away soon..

  • MaryJane

    The "photos" one is weird. It's pretty but it doesn't say "pictures".

  • Godspoken

    Yeah...Please no.

  • itpromike

    It's funny how much iOS dictates trends even though everyone seems to hate it and Apple. iOS does skeuomorphism and more realistic looking icons with shadows, then Samsung does it, then Android as a whole moves that way... iOS starts going flatter (albeit a VERY UGLY type of flat; iOS 7 is just bloody awful), then touch whiz get's flatter and shortly after Android as a whole follow suit. This is a perfect illustration of how competition breeds innovation and also an example to all the fanboys, trolls, and flame warriors that no, not everything you're beloved platform (WP, iOS, or Android) was developed uniquely, in a vacuum, and without influences by competitors. Ahh tech equality and objectivity it's a beautiful thing. Good thing these look better than the flat offerings of other platforms.

    • Taco Monster

      You do realize Google's design was trending towards flat long before iOS 7 right?

  • Ryan

    Long shadows... le sigh.

  • Stephan Reich

    Did anyone else notice they rotated the photos pinwheel 90 degrees? just a lil nit-pick

  • Jorge Ivan Sanchez Gonzalez

    The Chrome logo looks like a third party's icon pack

  • BrianLipp

    The Maps icon looks half-finished (which is entirely possible). As a whole they look like they are from an icon pack, mostly because if the shadows i guess. Would probably look better on the redesigned Android that would probably come with them.

  • David Dudovitz

    Play Books' proposed icon looks exactly like the shape of an MS Office 2013 icon.

  • Sabrina

    Very similar to the Lumos icon pack (from the same team as the Stark icon pack) I am currently using on my phone. I much prefer these as the current icons are all messy and uncoordinated, probably the biggest change after the switch from iOS.

  • DoubleP90

    This is all just a bad dream, This is all just a bad dream, This is all just a bad dream, This is all just a bad dream...

  • Kylecore

    kinda reminds me of this icon pack, which i love.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.srbodroid.longshadow

  • http://youtube.com/jedijens Jens Törnblad

    That maps icon might be the ugliest thing I've ever seen in any context related to design.

    • Hugh Johson

      I could not agree with you anymore, it's hideous.

  • Bassenza

    I like 'em.

  • Nexus 8

    What is to be said about this new wallpaper? Is this a new tablet size?

  • ThomasMoneyhon

    Possible explanation for the play store icon's color scheme: Special internal play store build that hits the dogfood apps and not the public apps?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      The dogfood Play Store actually has its own icon (not this one), as do other Google apps.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah. Like the YouTube app in dogfood form that has a dog bone instead of play button.

        I actually liked that one until I updated. It was fun.

  • Milton

    Who are they going to copy this time...

  • Moyako

    I don't like the shadow below the play symbol in youtube's new icon.

  • Bruno

    Google Maps Icon !! SEXY !! I'm using it right now on my computer !
    But calender icon... I don't feel them, neither I feel Google Play Music, Book and Photo, Camera, People Icons.
    I can make icons 10x sexier than theses with GIMP...

  • david legosz

    If the change happens, would there be away to keep the original format?
    I personally don't like the new icons.

  • David Margolin

    Just when I thought the G+ icon couldn't get worse.

  • siddude11

    Come on themers zip it and make a god damn apk. Loved these icons.

  • NBM

    I like them a lot... but I usually don't complain about icons... (excluding dayglo ios7, those were worth not liking)

  • black

    Why the washed up colors though? That's insulting to my expensive AMOLED phone display.

  • Chris Crosby

    I really really like these icons. I'm not sure there is a set like these in the Play Store. Does anyone want to make the complete set available for download please??

  • Chris Crosby

    Here's attempt at offering the icons. 73x73 pngs.

    • Aooga

      Why do they all have a white background? Thanks though.

      • Chris Crosby

        They just need to be made transparent sorry. I thought I had done that.

    • Nicholas Sliter

      Look at the video icon!!!!

  • CooLNeXuS

    Where you can download this icon pack?

  • Rovex

    Meh, I use icon packs anyway.

  • chleb

    and.... nobody says that Youtube icon looks weird on the right side, comparing to the left side ?

  • Ryan Steddy

    The photos app is better in the current android version - it actually has a photo in the icon! Without it there is just a bunch of strange shapes...

  • Danish Prakash

    hate that play icon.

  • http://www.padtv.pl Robson
  • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

    How come nobody is commenting on the Nexus 8 wallpaper?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I actually have it on my Nexus 5 right now - it comes with Google's launcher.

      • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

        Ha! I noticed that after looking for it. It's funny that it looks like it has a “hidden” 8 much like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 wallpapers. 😅

  • TONY ALDO

    Cool.

  • RockAndRock

    Yeah ! Cool ! :)

  • morteum

    I don't think flatter is better. I do support minimalism, but making everything flat on a screen just doesn't make sense from a user standpoint.

  • O’s Fan91

    Wow, I thought the update might have been that these were rolling out in the current update :(

  • Saboteur777

    Here the Google icon has the same drop shadow, like on proposed G+ and Youtube icon: https://support.google.com/partners/answer/3126965

  • http://tommydaniel.com Tommy Thompson

    Wonder if the calendar icon will be dynamic.

    • Christian

      That would be sweet, if the date changes.

  • SuESanders

    This is all just a bad dream, This is all just a bad dream, This is all just a bad dream, This is all just a bad dream... http://qr.net/stx3

  • Zak Taccardi

    The Hangouts and People app share a similar shade of green - food for thought.

  • Larry Monteforte

    What an iconic change to Android.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Haha, good one!

  • Jovie Brett Bardoles

    That's a great news :D I was in love with these new makeover of the icons so I decided to make a mockup for myself, it's still a wip though :)
    http://i.imgur.com/pdNlPhv.png

  • Simon Belmont

    Call me crazy, but I don't like them. Maybe they'll grow on me, but at this juncture, I have to say that they aren't my cup of tea.

    The Hangouts (too dark), camera (too simplistic), maps (looks like a kid drew it), and Google Play Store (ugh) icons, in particular, I don't like versus the current icons. Hopefully Google can make a compromise between this and the current look of the icons.

  • TheLastAngel

    I hope they also through out all the black in the Settings and the Notification Shade in 4.5.

    • Christian

      And more importantly, give 7" tablet users the 10" Settings app view.

  • Howard Bamber

    I'll stick with my icon packs. Google icons always look piecemeal, IMHO

  • Drew Fisher

    Does anyone notice the subtle 8 in the background wallpaper? (Meaning nexus 8 hopefully) If so, is it possible that the nexus 8 will be released at I/O this year?

    • mattcoz

      I caught that too, certainly looks like it could be a Nexus 8.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      It's a default wallpaper in Google's launcher. In fact it's on my Nexus 5 right now.

  • fzammetti

    Google changes UI guidelines and branding more often than I change my underwear. It's almost like they don't have one person running the show, you know??

    (I'm not saying never change here, just saying that if you look at it objectively it's as if they don't have any sort of consistent plan around things like this, or at least don't stick to one for very long, which is kind of disheartening as a fan of their products)

  • Crispin Swickard

    I wonder if Apple has some sorta patent on the calender icon changing with the date, because I would like to see that on Android. Especially if it goes to the flippy calender Icon there..

    • Aooga

      Most likely not. Windows 8.1 does it. As does Windows phone.

      • Crispin Swickard

        They need to get on that. It would need a new API, and all to allow for changeable, or even possibly animated icons. I say bring it on!

  • AussieB

    Do people really care about this... Doesn't affect the use of my phone or the decision of which OS to use

  • Nicholas Sliter

    This has creadability look at this.

  • abeyer56

    Is this for Lemon Drop (I'm going with that over licorice since they've been going with two words/compounds for a while now).

  • Gianni

    The Google plus icon is similar to the icon in click ui icon pack

  • Benoit

    Did anybody noticed some of these icons are exactly the same as the Mianogen icon pack?

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    One of the main reasons I use custom launchers is...custom icons. Because Android icons mostly suck, and Google enables it with their own inconsistency.

  • harrold

    what was this screenie taken on? a nexus 8? >:)

  • http://AndroidHackz.blogspot.com/ Miroslav Vitula
  • giannisgx89

    In case someone wants them here is the download link: https://plus.google.com/+JohnXionidis/posts/V5yErcvNAFS

    They are all carefully designed in 192x192px!

    Enjoy :)

  • Austin Akens

    This looks way better:

  • Bojan Tomic

    I'm not sure if these shadows were there on blank cards, but if they weren't, then these icons just became more legit to me!

  • taway

    I'm not sure if anyone picked up on this, but did you guys notice that the icon for the Google Opinion Rewards app uses the same design elements - specifically the drop shadows?

    • taway

      Oh, and the Google Maps Engine app, too.

  • naomicas

    Google now announced to introduce nexus 6 into the market by the end of 2014.

  • https://twitter.com/brianedwardgoss Brian Edward Goss

    Took a little longer than expected, but I got an icon pack out for the 'Moonshine' icons: http://goo.gl/Sp3THU

  • TBolt

    So, why was Moonshine released early? I've been enjoying the Moonshine icons -- glad they're likely to be official. :)

  • http://www.uptomark.com jimmy

    You can create gorgeous app icon for free from http://appiconmaker.com/

  • HeavyXSanvich

    Looking at the icons, this is my opinion:

    Gmail: Proposed
    Calendar: Web or proposed
    Photos: Proposed, although I like it without the white center.
    Hangouts: Web
    Maps: Current
    YouTube: Current
    Play Store: I could live with any, but PLEASE, DON'T change the colors.
    Play Games: I like current because of the subtle Play stylizing, but proposed is good too.
    Play Books: either (whichever fit best with the other icons)
    People: Current
    G+: Web

  • André Dias

    Been using Aviate on my Xperia z2 for some time now using the Moonshine theme looks really nice :)

  • tencents

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nexbit.icons.moonshine

    It looks exactly like the moonshine icon pack?