What Google is telling app developers to do will make the Play Store look better

What Google is telling app developers to do will make the Play Store look better
So just what is a squircle, you might ask. It is a shape that is in between a circle and a square. It features rounded corners and straight sides, top and bottom. According to the latest Android Developers Blog, new app icons for the Google Play Store will use the squircle shape They will remain 512 x 512 in size, but transparent backgrounds will no longer be accepted. Rounded corners and drop shadows will be applied to these icons.

The icon changes will be seen in the Google Play Store for Android and Chrome OS only. You will not see this change on apps listed in the Google Play Store for Android TV, Wear OS and Android Auto.

Starting early next month, developers can start uploading their new icons and Google will tell developers if their submissions meet the new specifications. On May 1st, any new icons must use the squircle shape, and on June 24th, original icons will be switched to the new legacy mode. The latter is a squircle shaped icon with an original circle design inside it. Doing this will allow both old and new icons to use the squircle design.


So what is the reason for making this change? Google says that it wants to "provide a more unified and consistent look and feel for Google Play," which it says will provide a "higher quality user experience." Not that it won't do anything for the app developers. Google says this consistent icon appearance will help it better showcase developers' games and apps.

Google suggests that developers update and upload their new icons as soon as possible to make sure that they meet the new specifications for the Play Store. Speaking of new things for Android users, the first Android Q beta has been released for those owning any Pixel handset including the first gen models. Certain Android phones will be able to install future beta builds with the final build dropping in the third quarter of this year. Overall, Google expects to release six beta versions of Android Q between now and this summer.

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14 Comments

1. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Isn't it funny how Android wants to be more like iOS and iOS wants to be more like Android these days?

3. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Same story going on since 2011.

10. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would say it started around Lollipop.

11. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

True and stilll apple is getting better day by day by including things without removing what they already had while android is getting worse

12. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

iOS has removed plenty. It’s also added way too many features that clutter it up. Examples. Gallery and Music.

2. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I think it's a great move from the circle, which I was never fond of.

5. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The home launcher will still consist of circles. This only effects how the app icon is shown in the play store.

4. Whitedot

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Off topic. How about bringing back comments notification?

6. XyAzario

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 15, 2019

I kinda liked the transparent icons.

7. Rocket

Posts: 703; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

'bout time!

8. Rocket

Posts: 703; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Google is always following the leader (aka Samsung)

9. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I don't feel like they are following, but yeah it's great for Samsung UI as the most of the app icons aren't designed in squircle way.

13. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

It doesn’t have anything to do with the icons on your home screen. These are just the ones displayed in the Play Store.

14. Taquidi

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

So Google, champion of diversity, will smash and reprimend those who dare to be different. Criativity won't be allowed. It won't make the store better, only boring and dumber. Using a made-up word for something that's pretty straightforward (square with round corners) only adds insult to the injury, that's plain silly.

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