All Google Play logos have been tweaked, and they should appear on your phones with a fresh design.

Here is the full set of icons, as they’re going to show up across Google’s services from now on:

play icons

The entire set of icons now shouts Play, and it’s a much better fit for the whole Android ecosystem. As the official Google announcement reads:

“Since launching Google Play four years ago, we’ve always had dedicated apps in addition to the Google Play store. Today, all our icons are getting an update to provide a consistent look across the entire family of Play apps.”

 

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That couldn’t be truer. So far, these icons all looked okay, but they weren’t amazing, and certainly weren’t consistent. Here’s how the latest three generations look:

play icon history
You can see Google’s progress to Material Design, and refining that even further.

I finally like that all the icons have a consistent look to them, and you can imagine that they come from the same developer – they look like they do, at least.

Android through the years

Earlier this week I was watching a video review of the “new” Android 1.6.

It’s like a blast from the past, and really shows how far we’ve come in such a short time:

The first thing that pops into my head when looking at the video is that somewhere along the line, Google hired a designer.

It’s like for the first couple of versions they only cared about improving the OS without paying much thought to how it actually looks.

Nowadays Android not only looks great, but it’s leading the pack in terms of design, with its Material Design taking over much of the internet.

Okay, maybe the 1.6 version is cheating a bit. But even in the past few years we’ve made a ton of progress. For instance, here’s how Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) looked:

android 4

Oh man, this takes me back. This was the first Android version I was on when I jumped ship from Windows Phone a couple of years ago, and I thought it was gorgeous.

Looking back on it now, it looks like just an intermediary step to today’s design, like a halfway draft version of what the OS is supposed to be.

To contrast, here’s how beautifully designed Android M is, and that’s before I got the new versions of the icons:

Screenshot_20160405-183651

How awesome is that? Okay, most of it is my awesome wallpaper – but still! The new icons will really blend into the current design and add a ton of value to it.

What do you think of the icons’ new design? Yay or nay?

Image sources: redmondpie.com, gazettereview.com

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