Leaked screenshots reveal a possible upcoming huge Android redesign

Leaked screenshots reveal a possible upcoming huge Android redesign
Android might be up for a massive redesign with icons in the system taking a swing towards the flatter visuals of Google’s web visual identity, according to leaked screenshots obtained by Android Police. The new icons appear to be inspired by Google’s web iconography, but they are not direct copies, and some differ hugely from what’s currently on the web or on Android.

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?



1. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Kinda reminds me to the mianogen icon pack...

28. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Maps and Play Store looks ugly, in my opinion.

30. latido

Posts: 45; Member since: May 31, 2012

If true,then google icon more uglier than before.. see the middle one. I think it much better.

34. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Need animated icons.... They were promised back in the Gingerbread days..

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Now even google goes to FLAT design....

4. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Google was going to a flat design long ago, not all of it moved instantly or directly, its still a process, but it started long before Apple did it if that is what you're implying.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

The current icons are already great. Lucky there are icon packs and nova launchers.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

This one is far uglier than current one. Right.

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I don't really care about Apple.

35. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

You are the worst kind of scum.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

How is that design flat ? Infact they are using shadows to the icons which is make it look almost opposite to flat.

3. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Kinda like the web versions more than the Android versions but if Google wants to change them to newer versions, I am okay with these ones.

25. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I think google is goin to merge android with chrome OS... Recent leaks showed that chrome apps are coming to android...and sundar pichai being the chrome head also makes sense....

6. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

come on Google give us android 5..... it seems like we are on android 4 from long time..... and by Android 5 I mean something new like ice cream sandwich was to gingerbread....

7. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

I like the changes. Here's hoping the changes provide a more consistent look throughout the UI.

8. me.si

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

B E A utiful

11. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

When is Google gonna give us icons that are a universal size and shape? I truley hate the mix of different shaped and sized icons. Come on Google, get with the times please!

19. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Then go to iOS or buy an icon pack. I hate the uniformity of iOS icons.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I would like to know the defination of flat design PA coz this one is by no means flat.

24. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah!! That is what I was thinking.. How in the earth this is flat??

40. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Compared to the current icons they look really flat.

14. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

ChromeOS :D

15. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

i cant accept that, clearly seen the pixel !

16. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Remember how the late 90s thought bevels were the coolest? Those were the days... Given the name Android I'd still prefer a more futurotouch but this is fine.

17. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

On Play Store you pick any icons you want to use on your Smartphone,as i use Stamped Black,an if you download icon Changer you can Chose the icon you want to Use on the Applications you have on Your Smartphone,as the ones you have on the Applications can be Either To Big or to Colourful on your phone

29. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

The beauty of android. You can choose what you like!

18. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Not bad, except for the new Map icon.

20. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

So everyone wants to be like HTC, isn't that funny

21. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I don't hate it but the current icons really don't need to be changed. I change my wallpaper and launcher settings almost daily but I pretty much never use an icon pack.

22. DrSchlotkin

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Since when does a new icon pack constitue a "huge Android redesign"? To me, a redesign is when something performs fundamentally differently than the previous version. Could Android use a more consistent design language, sure. But, I still wouldn't call visual unification a "redesign".

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