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YouTube's ugly new line-art icons are coming to Android

YouTube's ugly new line-art icons are coming to 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 that's about to change — and not necessarily for the better.

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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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G Suite is now Google Workspace, with a whole new visual identity

G Suite is now Google Workspace, with a whole new visual identity

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic struck, the definition of work has changed, and companies like Google, Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft had to move quickly to adapt to a much bigger work-from-home force. Google has already introduced tons of features to make remote work easier (shamelessly advertising as much in Gmail), but now it has also decided that it's time for a rebranding. It's paid business work tool collection G Suite is now Google Workspace, and it packs a slew of new icons and even more remote collaboration features.

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Play Store tweaks category icons with new mint green and blue colors

Play Store tweaks category icons with new mint green and blue colors

Google is rolling out a handful of minor visual tweaks to the Play Store in a recently spotted test. The change rearranges the Categories section to remove the "top categories" carousel at the top, increases the whitespace between listed categories, and updates the icons themselves. These changes also apply to other parts of the Play Store that include categories, like the Family tab.

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Android Auto just got new Material icons in Google Maps navigation

Android Auto just got new Material icons in Google Maps navigation

Google typically rolls out changes to its design language every couple years, but many of the company's apps still take months, if not years to catch up. The wireframe style icons that started popping up in 2018 have become fairly ubiquitous, but there are still a few notable holdouts. Android Auto would have been counted among them, but it looks like a new set of icons has been silently swapped in for the Google Maps navigation interface.

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Google Messages and Phone pick up new Material icons with latest betas (APK Download)

Google Messages and Phone pick up new Material icons with latest betas (APK Download)

Google has been tweaking its popular apps over the past few months to align them with the refreshed Material guidelines. After showing signs of a refresh not too long ago, Google’s dialer and messaging apps are now picking up the new outlined icons with their latest beta releases. These rather subtle changes merely replace the existing filled iconography and do not introduce any new functionality whatsoever.

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New Android Q-style icons and other UI tweaks spotted in Google's Messages app

New Android Q-style icons and other UI tweaks spotted in Google's Messages app

Over the last couple days, some tweaks to the Messages app on Android have been spotted in testing, updating the iconography and style in the message composition area to more closely match Android Q's outlined aesthetic. Also of note, Messages now supports transparency behind the new gesture bar in Android Q, though we can't be sure when this change happened.

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Google adds Material icons to Gboard settings page

Google adds Material icons to Gboard settings page

Based on a handful of recent reports, Google appears to be testing some Material tweaks to Gboard's settings pane. Changes include new outline-style icons and the usual blinding white background.

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New Play Store app icon rules include rounded square mandate, no more transparent backgrounds

New Play Store app icon rules include rounded square mandate, no more transparent backgrounds

As time has passed, we've seen Google slowly become more serious about a cohesive design language when it comes to Android, Chrome OS, and the Play Store. Taking one more step along that road, the company put out new app icon guidelines for app developers. This is meant to ensure uniformity in the Play Store and it will hopefully make it easier for you the user to have adaptive icons in your app drawer.

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Android Q's Pixel launcher lets you undo accidental home screen icon removals

Android Q's Pixel launcher lets you undo accidental home screen icon removals

Ever accidentally removed an icon from your home screen? Well, neither have I, but should it ever happen to you, Android Q makes it easier to fix on Pixel devices. When an item is removed, a little pop-up will present the option to bring it back.

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