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More evidence piles up suggesting a Google apps redesign is coming

We've seen several rumors recently suggesting that a Google apps redesign is in the works, but what exactly will the new design language look like?
April 9, 2014
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Ever since first leaked screenshots of what it claimed to be a redesign of Google’s gmail app, we’ve heard all sorts of rumors and seen various leaks that indicate a major UI redesign is heading Android’s way. The big question now is what exactly the new design language will look like.

The reason for the confusion is that we’ve already seen a few different leaked screenshots and renders, and each of these leaks have at least slightly differing styles. So what rumor/style is correct? We might not know just yet, but let’s take a look at just a few of the ‘interpretations’ we’ve seen when it comes to Google’s alleged app redesign initiative.


The Geek redesign style

First, there is what we’ll refer to as the “ redesign style”, which today has been expanded to include a screenshot of what is reportedly an internal build of Google Calendar. The latest screenshots come from a version of the Calendar app that Geek’s Russel Holly was able to test out personally.

The new Google Calendar app’s design seems to mostly fit in with the language from the original Geek leak (seen at the very top of the article), as it features a slightly more colorful design than the current Google Calendar app and switches to the same flatter circular look.

One thing you’ll notice is that one of the Calendar images shows the name as “Timely”, which is reportedly the internal name for Google Calendar, and also happens to be the name of the popular clock app acquired by Google not too long ago.


The AP renders

Although has given us two screenshots of what are reportedly very early builds of the redesigned Calendar and Gmail app, sources speaking to Android Police recently brought word that Google isn’t just redesigning many of its apps, it is also planning to introduce a new initiative called Project Hera (though the two efforts aren’t directly related).

Using the details provided by its sources, AP created several renders that give somewhat similar design language to the redesign style, though we some obvious differences when it comes to the color bar, Android’s status bar, icons and an overall more colorful vibe.


The wild card from androidleaker

A third design style has also been introduced in a leak from the aptly named “androidleaker” over at Reddit. The leaker says that the AP renders are not quite accurate, and says that the above screenshot better represents Google’s plans.

Reportedly this version of the Gmail app is a developmental build and may be “a little outdated” compared to the final design. Although it retains the same red bar seen in the AP renders, it’s icons are very different and the layout of the top bar is more akin to the most recently available public version of Gmail.

Now it’s important to note that Androidleaker’s screen might be legit, but the look could have since changed to something more akin to Geek’s leaks or even AP’s renders.

The writing is on the wall

We might not know with an certainty which of the three above mentioned “styles” is correct, if any of them. What we do know, however, is that all these rumors swirling around seem to lend further credence to the idea that change is in the wind for Android, even if it’s unclear exactly what form this change will take.

Which of the three redesigns to you prefer? Conversely do you feel that Google’s app design language is perfect as it is and should be left alone? Vote in the poll and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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