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YouTube's new icon style is making its way to YouTube Music

YouTube's new icon style is making its way to YouTube Music

Last year, YouTube shed its lifeless, gray in-app icons for more visually distinct line-art ones. It seems like sister app YouTube Music might not be too far from getting the same treatment — the new icons are already being tested.

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Instagram revamps its bottom bar, putting Reels and Shop front and center

Instagram revamps its bottom bar, putting Reels and Shop front and center

After successfully cloning Snapchat's Stories, Instagram is pushing hard to break into the next market. Not too long ago, it introduced its TikTok copy Reels, which is currently rolling out to users worldwide. To put the new format front and center, Instagram has formally announced that it will now get a fixed place in the bottom bar along with a new Shop section.

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YouTube's new line-art icons are rolling out on Android

YouTube's new line-art icons are rolling out on Android

YouTube is arguably the world's largest visual platform, and from redesigning the playback UI on Android TV to adding a new button in the bottom navigation bar, the YouTube team is continually looking for ways to improve the interface. The icons used in the Android app haven't seen major changes since the 2017 material refresh, but now it looks like a significant revamp is rolling out to everyone — and it's not necessarily a change for the better.

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Google unifies the old and new Assistant UIs for all devices

Google unifies the old and new Assistant UIs for all devices

Assistant is one of Google's most important products, found on everything from TVs to watches. Over the years it's gotten a bit fragmented, though, with different UIs and capabilities depending on which device you're using. Thankfully, it looks like Google is currently rolling out an update which unifies the interface across phones running both the old and new versions of Assistant.

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Google Play Store takes hamburgers off the menu in latest UI test

Google Play Store takes hamburgers off the menu in latest UI test

The Google Play Store is one of the most important apps on any phone, which is probably why Google is always tweaking it here and there. Last year, the Play Store received its biggest visual overhaul in a while, and this summer the app starting rolling out new search filters and experimenting with a redesign of the My Apps screen. In this latest test, Google is getting rid of the Play Store's hamburger menu.

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Google Meet's revamped UI makes it to Android

Google Meet's revamped UI makes it to Android

Google Meet has picked up a bunch of new features recently, including polling and Q&A abilities. When the Meet tab rolled out in Gmail earlier this summer, it brought a new UI with it. The iOS Meet app adopted it last month, and today, Google is announcing that same experience is now coming to the standard Meet app on Android.

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Google's new icons for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet all look the same

Google's new icons for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet all look the same

As part of its announcement of G Suite's rebranding to Google Workspace, Google introduced a new visual identity and five redesigned icons for some of its popular services: Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet. The icons, as you can see them above, are similar to what we've come to expect from Google — and perhaps a little too similar at that.

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Wikipedia's desktop site is getting its first redesign in a decade

Wikipedia's desktop site is getting its first redesign in a decade

Wikipedia is one of the cornerstones of the internet, a place that we've probably all visited to learn about new topics or find statistics to win a forum debate. While the mobile app has seen design improvements over the years, the desktop site has remained virtually unchanged since 2010 — that's the same year the Nexus One debuted. After almost a decade, Wikipedia is finally ready for a refresh.

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Google resuscitates its Material Design blog to let you know why your app's ugly and annoying to use

Google resuscitates its Material Design blog to let you know why your app's ugly and annoying to use

Fans of Google's so-called Material Design should take note of today's news. AP alum Liam Spradlin is resuscitating Google's Material blog as its new Editor. Today alone, eight new posts were published (more than went up in the last two years), covering subjects from color and typography to shape and transitions, written in terms both developers and design enthusiasts can appreciate and use — ideally, to help make better apps.

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