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The Play Store finally joins the rest of its family with a Play button app icon

Play Store iCon
Play Store iCon (Image credit: Android Central)

It's understandable. After all, most folks don't look for the title under an app icon, they just look for the shape or color and tap it. So when app icons change, there's usually a good reason for it. Google is changing one of the most important app icons on your phones, the Google Play Store, and the reason was spelled out a long time ago. It just begs the question: what the heck took them so long?

Over a year ago, Google announced that it was updating its app icons to give a consistent shape and look across the Google Play family, from the slick-looking Google Play Movies icon to that dumb-ass Google Play Music icon. (Give me back my headphones!) The Play Store would maintain its iconic shopping bag for a time, but the others have long since adopted the big, bold play button shape, and it was time that Google Play followed suit.

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If you had trouble finding the Play Store this morning, like one of our editors, that's why. If you don't like it, may I suggest using an icon pack? Has it reached your devices yet? Let us know in the comments.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

16 Comments
  • Yesterday around 5:00pm MST really like the new look.
  • Been using different kind of icon packs everytime that I forgot what the stock icons looks like. lol
  • I don't forget, but I spend most of my time with icon packs, too.
  • I just hide that icon on a folder and now they change it. Great.
  • I'm using an icon pack so I haven't seen the change yet.
  • Mine's a treasure chest. But that's the icon pack on my HTC 10. Glad they finally got it in line w/ the rest of the icons in case I ever go back.
  • The funny thing is that other icon packs changed to this new Play Store icon a long time ago and now Google is following suit... Finally
  • I have a Pixel, so its always been the Play triangle inside a white circle. I didn't even know the other phones still had the shopping bag icon.
  • It's on my Nexus 4 but not on my idol 3.
  • Nothing here yet. I usually don't expect much though from a 2-1/2 year old phone.
  • not sure why the play movies and tv icon is slick, but the play music icon is ugly
  • Didn't reach my device.
  • Nothing here yet on my g5 plus 
  • I actually like the old one better.
  • Nothing on the Galaxy S8 yet.
  • Wasn't aware it wasn't a play button. I've been using icon packs since always and on Chrome the shortcut has been the play button for a long time... Lol