Leaks point to flat Android app redesign coming soon

by: Shawn IngramApril 14, 2014

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Google may be preparing a redesign for Android to debut at Google I/O, and some leaked images indicate we’re in for a flatter look this time ‘round.

The leaked images come from Android Police and show some new icons for several Android apps. The new design seems to bring the icons closer to the icons of their web counterparts, though with some slight differences. If the images prove true, we’re in for redesigned looks for Play Music, Play Books, Play Movies, Play Games, Google+, Calendar, People, Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Camera, and the Play Store.

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Google is allegedly calling this redesign Moonshine, which is a name we haven’t heard before. Recent leaks hinting at a new look said Google was working on something called Project Hera that’s related to the new look, but not directly. It seems unlikely that Google would ship a redesign under the name Moonshine, but we don’t know if the name will change before release.

There are several possibilities for the new Android design according to recent leaks, all of which seem to fit well with the aesthetic of these leaked icons. Every leak seems to point to a flatter design for Android, which seems to be a trend in the wireless industry as a whole at the moment.

If Google is planning a redesign for Android, Google I/O seems like the logical place to announce it. Of course, there’s always the chance it will announce the redesign in a random blog post some day, like it did with Android Wear. Hopefully if/when Google does announce the redesign we won’t have to wait too long for it to rollout.

Are you ready for a new look for Android, or do you prefer the current design?

  • Gabriel Gonzalez

    I don’t like it

    • thartist

      I do very much! The g+ logo doesn’t fit to me, and i expect Google to immediately use these new icons for their services, or they would retain the inconsistency.

  • lat

    I don’t like it, is ugly

  • alacrify

    Why flat? When and how did this become good? Resolutions got better, more pixels, and everyone seemed to follow Apple (if I kept track) into “pastel and flat”. Did I miss a UI guideline (that made any sense)?

    • WitnessG

      It isn’t because of Apple, UIs have been getting flatter progressively for awhile now. It looks a lot cleaner imo.

      • alacrify

        Ok, thanks. Then I’ll restrict the question to why does anyone think it was a good idea?

        • John

          It just looks more modern and gives the OS itself a design language and personality, instead of every OS look the same.

        • Tochi Obudulu

          Back in the old days where screen resolutions were comparatively low, designers spent their time in creating interfaces that mimicked real life objects. This skeuomorphic design approach was thought to be the way forward until research started to show that user complained of ‘information overload’. Nowadays, less design means more and by reducing the amount of 3D shaders and shadows, interfaces just seem cleaner and crisper, especially on high resolution screens.

        • Jusephe

          Because Apple did it.

    • marhensa

      um NO..
      HOLO style is FLAT, and Google used it first on ICS (Android 4.0)
      then after years Holo got mature, Apple use it on iOS 7.

      • Jusephe

        So why google is coping iOS 7 now when it’s already design of google according to you ?

  • Caa

    Android 5.0.0 in the works now?

    • MasterMuffin

      Nah 4.5

      • harrold

        4.4 Mark II

  • WitnessG

    I love all the icons except for the Play Store icon, the colors they used are ugly compared to what they have now.

  • Tejas Jain

    What if this turns out to be an Icon Pack? Well played, Anonymous Themer, well played.

    • MasterMuffin

      This looks just like an icon pack!

    • Tuấn Ankh

      It seems very likely to be an icon pack to me. The icon of Play Store doesn’t even have the Google colors on it.

  • deepen915

    It’s time for a refresh.. And when will Google move to Android 5.0? I’m tired of 4.x.x version! I know KitKat is awesome, but the version number just seems outdated now!

  • Von

    Where can i download this icon pack? Lol

  • John

    I’m happy about it cause it finally bring consistency towards Google’s own services (web & Android), having Project Kennedy in Google and Holo in Android is just confusing and I hope they do the same with stock Android apps (e.g. clock, calculator) as well.

  • Thomas Skitt

    I’m sure this is just Mianogen icons…

  • Milton

    And who are they copying from this time?

  • AJWO

    Looks like a Nexus 8 screenshot based on the background image…

  • mr Dave

    The current Android icons look much much better.

    • Terry West

      Totally agree!! This looks like a cross between FB and Apple design – YUCK!!

  • Goran Shakeit

    Well we can now kinda for sure tell that is fake, the new camera is out now on play store and it doesn’t look like that and why would Google remake a new icon