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 10/22: Version 188.8.131.522243121 of Google Contacts introduces the brand new app icon. It’s moderately simple with no shadow and a white background. The Themed icon is barely extra fascinating and simplifies the ‘body’ design. It does really feel extra distinctive than the earlier model.
This replace just isn’t but extensively rolled out via the Play Store, whereas the Google Phone app is subsequent and presumably making the most of its beta program.
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’ll 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 as we speak.
Meanwhile, the Themed icon is best 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 liable for communication. Overlapping message bubbles is the important thing motif right here to characterize how texting (and calling) includes no less than two individuals. This is much 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 fashionable Google iconography — consequently.
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 coloration. 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 appear to be arms as an alternative of what’s presumably meant (individuals side-by-side).
Compared to the present icon set, these icons would possibly 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 reasonable 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 coloration palette.
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