Android Police are reporting on a somewhat questionable rumour that Google’s core Android applications might be about to receive a graphic makeover. As you can see in the header graphic above, we’ve snapped three logos each for Gmail and Calendar: The current ‘web’ icon (from the web service), the current Android icon in the middle, and a proposed new icon for Android on the right.

The reason for these changes? To flatten out the icons a bit and have them more closely resemble the design language used elsewhere; in other words, make Google products a bit more recognisable as such, and unify the appearance and icons across different platforms.

It seems logical enough, but there’s not really much to the rumour besides… well.. a few crafted images, such as that shown above.

Android Police have cited this image, supposedly provided by “someone close to the source” (a spurious citation if ever there was one), as their evidence that change is coming:

To us, the new logos certainly look nice and new, and probably a bit ‘flatter’ as well, but at the end of the day, it’s just a mocked up image, and means little.

Android Police have cited some further ‘evidence’ in the form of these logos being used elsewhere by Google, but to us, this doesn’t mean much at all — we know that Google uses different icons / graphics for the same service depending on where they’re referred to, so the existence of these particular icons somewhere else doesn’t point to too much, we think.

 If these new icons are coming, we say great. They look nice and will bring a more consistent view to some of Google’s most popular user-facing web properties, and their associated Android apps. If they’re not, then we’ll chalk it up to another rumour powered by little by way of evidence. After all, that’s what Android is all about, isn’t it?


Source: That Reputable Source -- Android Police Rumour File.
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments

    I just realised what is missing from the set. Google Play Newsstand.
    Could it be that Newsstand is going to be dumped?


    Would the fact that in the Google Search app for iOS under the ‘Apps on my Device’ section, some of the icons use this flatter design – but on the home screen don’t (e.g. on the home screen chrome is the usual, current logo on a light-grey square with rounded corners, whereas in the Search app, it is shown the same but with the actual chrome logo being the flatter design mentioned before in this article)


    I like them, don’t know why people have anything bad to say about them.


    The Camera icon looks like a child’s toy, and the Books icon has all the depth of a child’s Little Golden Book.

    The round G+ icon makes some sense, considering that Google user profile pics are round.

    The flip icons for Calendar and People looks good, though the Calendar should lose the holes at the top.

    If they want flat headphones, rotate the earcups inwards 90 degrees, DJ style.

    The clapperboard icon won’t likely fly. Apple originally used one for the icon for iMovie. I predict incoming lawsuits.

    The rest of the icons are all pretty much meh.

    Sean Royce

    This is great, now if only they made every single icon the exact same size. That’d make things a little more uniform.