In addition to introducing a handful of Messages features, Google is rolling out new icons for the SMS/RCS app, in addition to Phone and Contacts.
Update 10/21: Google is already rolling out the brand new Messages icon with model messages.android_20221018_01_RC00.telephone.openbeta_dynamic. It’s additionally stay on Wear OS, and you may sign-up for that beta right here.
As anticipated, the blue icon is positioned on a light-weight background that’s fairly unremarkable. There’s no animated splash display, which even Google Chat options, and the animation seen in Google’s promo video doesn’t make an look at this time.
Meanwhile, the Themed icon is healthier and considerably extra recognizable even with its simplified emblem.
Original 10/20: These three icons proceed to share the identical fashion to convey that they’re a part of the identical app household answerable for communication. Overlapping message bubbles is the important thing motif right here to characterize how texting (and calling) entails no less than two individuals. This is just like the inexperienced Google Chat emblem.
A darker blue is used the place that overlap happens, whereas there are additionally two different shades of lighter blues in use. There is a fake sense of shadow-derived depth — a rarity in trendy Google iconography — because of this.
In the case of the Google Messages icon (and to make sure continuity and consumer familiarity), blue additionally represents RCS’s (Rich Communication Services) default bubble colour. It’s a recognizable icon, however the overlapping portion, particularly on the bottom-left and upper-right, end in a considerably imprecise and messy look.
Google Phone, Messages, and Contacts
Meanwhile, the brand new Google Phone app icon appears to be like fairly good, whereas Contacts is simple sufficient, although the lighter shades of blue seem like arms as an alternative of what’s presumably supposed (folks side-by-side).
Compared to the present icon set, these icons may stand out much less in the event that they’re positioned on a light-weight background as an alternative of darkish blue. Overall, they’re much less sensible and extra stylized.
Google says these icons are meant to slot in with different first-party apps and “each is designed to adapt to Material You themes.” There’s actually the flatness and lack of shadows as seen within the Workspace icons. However, one other comparability is to the YouTube household of icons and its minimal colour palette.
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