Before diving deeper in the details, though, let’s say that this rumor gets a 70% confidence level by the source publication, since it’s not backed up by any system-level logs, and because it’s not clear how far Google is in the design process (which means Google might still change these icons a lot from what you see in the screenshots below).
With this in mind, it’s clear that we’re looking at a fairly massive overhaul to the looks of Google’s operating system. Inside the company, this new Android style is allegedly referred to as ‘Moonshine’. Its key characteristics include the long hard shadows of icons and the generally more contrasted colors used throughout. As we already mentioned, it’s similar but not identical to the web icons. This discrepancy looks a bit strange, and it’s only logical to wonder whether it won’t entail a redesign in Google’s web design identity as well. Only time can tell. What seems clearer at the moment is that such a massive overhaul could - if it’s indeed true - bring changes to Android’s design guidelines, replacing the current square icon requirements as well.
Right below, you’d see a breakdown of the new icons for: Play Music, Books, Movies, and Games, alongside Google+, Calendar, People, Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Camera, and the Play Store apps. How do you like this possible new identity for Android?