Recent leaks have suggested that Google’s currently involved with an effort to spruce up the look of Android. Some of the changes we’ve heard mentioned sound pretty vast in scope, like that so-called Project Hera, while others came off as more run-of-the-mill app updates. While we still don’t know the full extent of what Google’s working on, a new leak suggests that part of it will involve new icons, with Google working to address the disconnect between how web-based services and Android apps are represented.
The leaked screenshot above reveals many such icon changes, with the overall themes being flatter graphics, simpler designs, and taking more cues from Google’s web services. For instance, note how the Gmail icon above is a very similar “closed” design to what you see with the Gmail website, and not the “open” style we have now on Android. Google Maps drops its Google “g,” the Play Store coloring loses its warm tones, and Google appears to have gone a little nuts with shadows, adding them to YouTube, Google+, and Hangouts.
While this new look for Android is still not official, the presence of some of these same icon designs on Google Partners (below) seems to reinforce the idea that they’re legitimate.
What do you think? Do the new icons help give Android a clean, refreshing look, or is this minimalist flat business getting a little out of hand?