Google updates Docs, Slides and Sheets with new, worse icons on Android


Google simply rolled out up to date icons for its G Suite Workspace apps like Gmail, Drive, and Calendar, and other people don’t appear to love them. Whereas I agree concerning the icons, a higher travesty will quickly grace your smartphone’s residence display.

Noticed by 9to5Google and Android Police, Google is slowly rolling out new icons for the Docs, Sheets and Slides apps on Android. Spoiler: they’re horrible.

Fortunately, the rollout appears to be taking its time and of the gadgets I checked, just one had the up to date icons. Nevertheless, it gained’t be lengthy till your screens are topic to the horrible icons, so cherish the time you’ve got left.

Realistically, the change isn’t a considerable one. The present Docs, Sheets and Slides icons function a blue, inexperienced or yellow background respectively. Every has a white image on stated background to point what the app is — for instance, Docs has white traces representing the textual content of a doc. These icons, whereas possibly not nice, are wonderful. There’s nothing incorrect with them.

From left to proper: Present Docs icon, new Docs icon and iOS Docs icon

The brand new icons, nevertheless, change these beautiful, vibrant backgrounds with the identical boring white icon backgrounds seen in nearly each different Google icon. Every image nonetheless sits on the respective blue, inexperienced and yellow colors as earlier than, however the colors themselves at the moment are formed like a chunk of paper with a folded nook. It appears to be like like Google put a blue sheet of paper on a white plate. It sucks.

On one hand, these new icons do slot in a lot better with the remainder of Google’s (equally horrible) icons. On the opposite, they’ve develop into one giant homogenous blob differentiated solely by a particular association of summary vibrant shapes supposedly distinctive to every app’s function — what does an enormous M should do with e-mail? Beats me.

These are simply those on my cellphone

These new icons are usually not nice. These new Android icons are particularly not nice. Most of the apps on my cellphone at the moment are simply lazy icons on white backgrounds with no appeal or character to distinguish something. Guess it’s time to obtain an icon pack.

Supply: 9to5Google, Android Police

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