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?

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48 Comments

48. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

This screenshot may be taken with Nexus 8 and may be running android 5.0.....

47. begoss

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

We recently published an icon pack containing only the leaked 'Moonshine' icons on Google Play if anyone is interested. The name is "Moonshine - Icon Pack" -- goo.gl/Sp3THU Also, I make much of my vector source artwork available for free to the Android developer community, links and info can be found on my Google+ page -- plus(.)Google(.)com "slash" +BrianGoss

46. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Clean design > Flat design

45. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

I think it looks ok... Google needs to do something about the big fat ugly white square behind all the Google Apps. Other than that it looks great.

44. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Ugh enough with the retarded flat design crap.

43. Elfmonster unregistered

Fugly. Please Android leave my icons as they are Thanks.

42. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

So google wants android to look like a kid phone? I will change icon pack extremely fast if I ever go stock android. What a joke.

41. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

eh... i have mixed feelings about these. they're going in the right direction making them look flatter with more elongated shadowing but the execution looks bad.

39. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

They look horrible. C'mon Google resist the flat trend

38. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That looks fantastic actually.

37. amsam7

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 07, 2014

ah..inspired From windows flat UI..?

36. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

really nice... bring it on Google... i want these after Google I/O

33. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Massive overhaul? They just changed the icons, big f***in' deal...

32. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Looks more appleish Imo :p, but i like the shadows. I tend to enjoy the small details alot more than just flat texture without anything.

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Icons? Icons! Lol...meaningless...there are a ton of icons one can download onto an Android phone to change its look...

27. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well, they aren't flat for one... That being said, it would be an improvement for me. My preference is to have my icons all be of the same shape, rather than each icon being different like the current stock. Truth be told though, I doubt that Google would implement anything that would keep me from using a third party icon pack.

26. surethom

Posts: 1776; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The flat design are awful stick with current design please.

23. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

How to get that Photos app? Im already on 4.4.2 stock kitkat.

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".

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.

20. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

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

18. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Not bad, except for the new Map icon.

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: 1166; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

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.

15. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

i cant accept that, clearly seen the pixel !

14. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

ChromeOS :D

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.

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