Google Play app icons get a refreshed new look

The Google Play Store has grown significantly in size since its earlier days as the Android Market. Likewise, the broader range content available today means that several key apps comprise the Google Play family. To better unify its Play-related services, Google is now rolling out some tweaks to the app icons on Android, which all now take a play button-like aesthetic. 

Though the old icons were never an eyesore, Google has felt it necessary to make the changes in the name of uniformity, which should make it easier for users to identify Google Play apps at a glance. 

As noted in an official blog post on the matter:

The old icons, as seen below, will be phased out over the next couple of weeks in favor of the new look (above)

Not a groundbreaking adjustment, by any means. But if we had to pick, we'd say that the new play-shaped icons are an improvement on the older look. 

Do you agree, or would you rather Google left them be? Let us know of your thoughts below. 

source: Android Blog via Droid-Life



1. canner

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

i suppose itll be nice to know the icons I havent touched in six months will look nice.

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28. tabVision

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 16, 2015


29. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That's not innovation. Innovation is finding a way to make the 3.5mm disappear.

30. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm just taking a jab at those that do this crap everytime Apple makes a little change to their products.

2. thetcmbway

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Let's be honest. Those look like s**t.

12. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Yeah, fugly as he'll

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I like them

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same I also like how they are consistent too Especially in motion

26. AZNHA unregistered

looks awesome thou the rounded-triangle shape have become google play iconic symbol

4. eden555

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

lol .i juuuuuuuust vheck it put and yuphes at andriod authority

5. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

A better improvement would be to allow us to unintsall them or disable them without them magically re-enable themselves!

6. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

looks really niiiice !

7. Rocket

Posts: 731; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Agree google, oems and carries need to stop putting trash to our phones, wish they could make a folder with links to download their apps from play store instead of having em installed from factory that way if someone need certain app he could installed or if not delete the link.

8. Rocket

Posts: 731; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Off topic phonearena now loads faster on my N5 with ads blocked, whoop!

11. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

When you use Chrome with an ad blocker all websites with ads load faster and scroll more smoothly.

14. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

you will really LOVE ME if you install Adblock zip File from Xda if your phone is rooted, I have done that with my S7 edge and now all the Ads are blocked within Apps including the Browser !

16. Takeharu

Posts: 293; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Just get AdAway... Way easier.

19. Rocket

Posts: 731; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Im using adblock fast on Samsung internet 4

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They look more cohesive I guess

10. kabiluddin

Posts: 279; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Old icons looks much better than these new icons. It's a regression.

15. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

How about naming the store google store instead of google play which is a stupid name. They make it sound like its an all music app

18. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Someone mentioned something like that on another site. They should replace the Play name with Google - i.e., Google store, Google Music, Google Movies, etc.

20. Rocket

Posts: 731; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Android Store would be better, honestly idk why google changed the name from Android market.

22. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

I think Google Play is more catchy to me IMO.

25. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Not great but relates to play.

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