New Google Messages, Contacts, & Phone app icons rolling out

In addition to introducing a handful of Messages features, Google is rolling out new icons for the SMS/RCS app, in addition to Phone and Contacts.

Update 10/22: Version of Google Contacts introduces the brand new app icon. It’s relatively easy with no shadow and a white background. The Themed icon is barely extra attention-grabbing and simplifies the ‘physique’ design. It does really feel extra distinctive than the earlier model.

This replace isn’t but extensively rolled out via the Play Store, whereas the Google Phone app is subsequent and presumably benefiting from its beta program.

Update 10/21: Google is already rolling out the brand new Messages icon with model messages.android_20221018_01_RC00.telephone.openbeta_dynamic. It’s additionally reside on Wear OS, and you may sign-up for that beta right here.

As anticipated, the blue icon is positioned on a lightweight background that’s fairly unremarkable. There’s no animated splash display, which even Google Chat options, and the animation seen in Google’s promo video doesn’t make an look at present. 

Meanwhile, the Themed icon is healthier and considerably extra recognizable even with its simplified brand.

Original 10/20: These three icons proceed to share the identical model to convey that they’re a part of the identical app household accountable for communication. Overlapping message bubbles is the important thing motif right here to signify how texting (and calling) entails at the least two contributors. This is just like the inexperienced Google Chat brand.

A darker blue is used the place that overlap happens, whereas there are additionally two different shades of lighter blues in use. There is a fake sense of shadow-derived depth — a rarity in trendy Google iconography — because of this. 

In the case of the Google Messages icon (and to make sure continuity and person familiarity), blue additionally represents RCS’s (Rich Communication Services) default bubble coloration. It’s a recognizable icon, however the overlapping portion, particularly on the bottom-left and upper-right, lead to a considerably imprecise and messy look.

Google Phone, Messages, and Contacts

Meanwhile, the brand new Google Phone app icon appears to be like fairly good, whereas Contacts is easy sufficient, although the lighter shades of blue appear like arms as an alternative of what’s presumably meant (individuals side-by-side). 

Compared to the present icon set, these icons would possibly stand out much less in the event that they’re positioned on a lightweight background as an alternative of darkish blue. Overall, they’re much less practical and extra stylized.

Google says these icons are meant to slot in with different first-party apps and “every is designed to adapt to Material You themes.” There’s definitely the flatness and lack of shadows as seen within the Workspace icons. However, one other comparability is to the YouTube household of icons and its minimal coloration palette. 

The new Google Phone, Messages, and Contacts icons are rolling out over the following few weeks.

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