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Google is updating its Play family of apps with a unified icon design

Google has announced that it will be rolling out a new set of icons to its Play family of apps. The suite of apps includes Google Play, Play Store, Play Movies & TV, Play Music, Play Games, Play Books and Play Newsstand. All of the icons now have the same triangular design so at a glance they look similar, yet they each feature a distinction to make it easy to recognize the app.

From Google's announcement:

Since launching Google Play four years ago, we've always had dedicated apps in addition to the Google Play store. Today, all our icons are getting an update to provide a consistent look across the entire family of Play apps.You'll start to see the new Google Play icons across devices and online in the coming weeks. We hope you'll continue enjoying the Play family of products—now with a new look.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the new icons to appear on your devices. What are your thoughts on the changes? Let us know in the comments!

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95 Comments
  • They now look worse. What sort of design is that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like it. It's just like when they changed the "G" icon. Everyone flipped. Now it's normal. Change his always met with people saying it's horrible, etc. I think they did well here with the play backdrop on each icon. Whatever though, just change the icons if it keeps you up at night.
  • Yeah if you don't like it change it but in general change for the sake of change isn't good. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I don't think they changed it just for the sake of change. I've occasionally noted to myself that the Play Apps icons would be nice to have a universal theme behind them. Makes it easier to identify them at a glance when looking for the app I want.  
  • Yeah I just keep mine in a folder. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Brand identity is incredibly important to a company/product. Google isn't doing this because they are sitting around looking for something to do.
  • Yes, but brand identity is associated with symbols that people have recognized for a long period of time. Why change symbols just for the sake of change? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not for the sake of change. There is brand identity. That triangle is recognized as being Google Play. It only makes sense, give it time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The exact quote escapes me, but didn't Matias Duarte say that he didn't intend for Material Design to be a single static design goal, that it was always supposed to evolve as time went on?
  • Well, I guess the thing that people complain about is "too much" change. It seems that when Google changes things, it's too much change at one time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I still think the G logo is terrible. But these look good, and make things look unified. I approve. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm sure they were waiting for that with baited breath.
  • Care to explain why my comment is any less important than anyone else? Or what value yours has? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Couldn't agree more. I think they look good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They are now recognisable as a set of icons that represent a company. It's not poor design at all. It's very well thought out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Idgaf just don't break things Google. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Not bad...... But they could have done a much better job. Maybe a bit more innovative. I am expecting something like 'moving icons' in the future app drawer of my device. Won't that be cool!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • More innovative? It's a **** icon lol Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Lol innovation? Only Apple could call a icon change innovative and have sheep believe it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Windows 10 has you covered with Live Tiles.
  • Lol, Microsoft's version of widgets!
  • Well its more of the application icon is always changing so its something different Posted via the Android Central App
  • I kind of like the brighter colors, but I'm more interested to see these in the context of Android N
  • There are some ic9ns that are animated. I've tried them but there is only like 5 icons and it's setup like a live wallpaper you csn click on every icon. Posted via the Android Central App from my Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Moving icons would be a nightmare. I don't want my app drawer looking like an early 90s Geocities page.
  • At least there's way more consistency.
  • Yup. I appreciate the move towards unification. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I prefer the old appearance.No big deal either way. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think I actually like them. They have a consistent direction now (pointing to the right lol). I agree with others that they could have done better, but at the same time they could have done much worse.
  • I would hazard a guess that this is the first visual step towards the Android N wave of updates, seeing as Google Play and Google's Android are so tightly connected. I'll be very interested to see how this "plays" out (sorrynotsorry)
  • I think they look dumb. But, they're just icons so no big deal. It reminds me a lot of what OEM's do with their icons. I could see why Google would want them to all have a similar theme like this.
  • Google Bloatware. I'm annoyed we don't have the option to uninstall these additional Google Apps. I don't use any of them and even if I did everything is pretty accessible through the Play Store itself. I don't need a separate app for each. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Waaa and extra 2 megs of apps waaaaaa Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • It's actually closer to 200 MB, and 400 if you don't disable them and allow them to auto update, which a novice is likely to do. Might not seem like much, but 400 MB is a big chunk of your usable storage if you buy a cheap phone with only 8 GB of storage.
  • When you access content through the play store, doesn't it open in the appropriate app anyways?
  • These new designs look good Posted from my Moto X 2nd gen and my Nexus 9 both on Android Marshmallow
  • Makes no difference to me, only one I use is the Play Store (still think it's a stupid name though), all the rest are disabled so don't see them.
  • Well.. then... you... you can't come and play with us no more. Harrummp. Mommyyyy! Yeh the Play Store is where paedophiles hang out. How about GApps. Seriously they are just buttons you need to identify quickly. I'm OK with a unified theme for all Google apps, but don't differentiate with different lousy colours. My brain doesn't work like that, and I mostly just go to the app drawer. Otherwise Idga fig.
  • Android Market was a much better name. Posted via the Android Central App
  • For the early years when no one knew Android (well just me). It's still better than Play Store. Or Google Market. App Market. Not Play Store.
  • I actually like Play store than just Android Market which sounds so generic. At least with Play its a name that is associated with a suite of applications that correlate to it #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Play music would be better if it was headphones!
    And why the hell play movies have two different tones of red?purple i don't know... why not a unique piece?
  • yeah, that's my complaint, i liked the headphones icon
  • I like the change. And that's coming from someone who hates icon changes usually. But this is a good move. Makes things more cohesive. Although that newsstand app icon still needs work.
  • I am fine with the redesign for consistency sake, but those colors are very harsh. Too much contrast.
  • They look good Posted via the Android Central App
  • I much prefer these new icons. Especially the Google play music one Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like them. Except the newsstand icon.
  • Yeah but it's newsstand. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Lol yeah. I have disabled it so no worries. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Woot Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are they gona take it farther with the likes of YouTube, Photos, G+? Or is this just core, system type apps?
  • G+already changed, there are rumours saying that Photos icon is going to get changed... So probably yes.
  • I heard it's only supposed to be the apps that are directly connected with the play store. Posted via the Android Central App
  • updates icon and breaks connectivity all at once!
  • Wut Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Nice, very nice. I will only miss that headphones from Music
  • I just want podcasts in play music already.... I'm trying to cut back on the amount of apps i have loaded on my devices.
  • I like this. Posted from my Nexus 6.
  • Even though they could look better, it's nice to see Google use some uniformity with their icons for once.
  • i... i don't know how I feel about these.... but at least I have icon packs to help me either way.
  • This too lol. I don't know whether to be happy that they got uniformity or to be sad that they lost their individuality. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nice article BTW Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I don't get the Google Play symbol and the Play Store symbol. Are they showing both to show what changed or are there actually 2 different icons or apps. Cause I the little white bag icon makes no sense with the rest of it.
  • It's android if I don't like them I'll change them... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ain't that grand? Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Looking at them I can only say thankfully there are icon packs and launchers. These are fugly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • U-G-L-Y!!!!!! OMG I really hope this is a joke because they look like one. How the icons are hanging off the top of the arrow just looks ridiculous. They should just make a bigger arrow and have the inside of the icon be whatever the app is if they're going to do it that way. The way it is right now is horrendous. Thank God for Icon theme packs. Posted via my Nexus 5X on T-Mobile
  • That triangle icon look reminds me of those shoes back in the day that had that look and you could replace the triangles with different colored ones lol. Keds or something. 80's baby! Posted via the Android Central App from my Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Kaepa lol Posted via the Android Central App from my Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Wow. I can't unsee this now. That's hilarious. Posted via Android Central App
  • Interesting. Thank goodness we have custom icon packs to choose from. Be Together Not The Same
  • with the exception of the play store most google apps are disabled on my phone.
    they're overly bright, and junk.
    if my calendar app didn't check the play store for a license every time i use it, the play store would be disabled. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Did you disable YouTube as well Posted from my Moto X 2nd gen and my Nexus 9 both on Android Marshmallow
  • Always thought it strange that all app color themes were within the play logo except for the purple theme of newsstand
  • I'm all in favour. I like the proposals. Those who don't, well, get an icon pack! Posted via the Android Central App
  • the only thing that gets to me is the fact that the film strip in the 'Movies and TV' icon doesn't have even cutouts in it. there is 4 on the left and 3 on the right. Shouldn't it be even? The 'newstand' icon could possibly use an extra line of 'text' aswell...
  • In my opinion they're crappy and oversimplified, just look at the new Newsstand logo " oh a rectangle with a smaller rectangle on top with white squares A+" ugh. The play icons were my favourite since the material overhaul, now they're definitely not.
  • as long as they are all the same damn size..
  • Uh oh. Google should make them dark or the emo kids are going to protest. Don't poke the badger Google.
  • I'd rather see the music app itself redesigned. It's awful to use Posted via the Android Central App
  • They look disgusting. To much color and oversimplified. Now I need to get an app to change how they look. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's why I use TeamHaterIcons2. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's actually really ugly. Leave them how they are Google. They're easily identified. Thank Android God for icon packs #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • I kinda like them. I like the brighter colors and the unified look. Give me these and Night Mode/Dark theme with Android N, and I won't need to use Nova Prime on my 6P. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Make that Dark Night Mode Pure Black. I hate the grey overlay #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Wow so creative! Why didn't anyone think of this before I mean for God's sake my little niece could of come up with something better than this lol a stupid triangle on the back of each icon really Google? Hmm thanks again for that icon pack article Ara :) Posted via Samsung's beast S7
  • I really like it. Nice! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm not a big fan of the new icons to be honest. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I mean, it makes sense. They all have "play" in the name, and the icons have the triangular "play" symbol built into the icon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hate them lol
  • Who cares? Who even "looks" at them other than to tap on them? Get over it they are changing. Posted from my Nokia 3310
  • The times they are a changin' #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Huh, vivid. I like it Blackberry Priv
    Nvidia Shield "Portable"
    Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Those are super ugly. Just let us choose our own icons and be done with it.