Google Workspace was Announced in early October as a rebrand for G Suite and a renewed approach to officeless productivity. As part of these changes, all Google Workspace apps are seeing new icons, with the launch now underway.
Update 27/9/ 21: From mid-October to late November, Google released 11 new Workspace icons on Android, iOS, and the web as part of the G Suite rebrand. This covered the company’s largest productivity apps, but two were left out.
Google Currents is a service (formerly the Google+ app) that allows businesses to host internal social networks for employees. While it was presented in 2019, the Currents logo already matched the new workspace design direction. As such, it was left out of the initial rebranding late last year. In August, Google introduced an updated logo that lowered the height of the waveform. The use of a darker shade of blue was also limited to a diamond area where the lines intersect.
Meanwhile, Google Tasks today was updated in both Android and iOS, as well as the web in some services. Instead of an abstract dot and a pill forming a check mark, the new icon is much simpler. Like the other child workspace apps, this logo is now completely blue.
Updated 11/24/ 20: The last icon that appears in the cover image above has been displayed. Google Admin replaces your initial Material Design kit (in green) and the silver key with a blue hexagon. Like the other, more consumer-oriented icons, darker colors are used to represent the overlay.
This app allows workspace administrators to “manage [a] Google Cloud account on the go. “This includes adding / managing users and groups, as well as contacting support, viewing audit logs, and checking notifications.
Similar to Chat and Meet, Google Voice removes the dark green message bubble background. The icon is now a landline with a signal emanating from it. Two shades of green are used for a more modern icon.
Like Keep, the new Voice icon made its first appearance on the web before hitting Android. This service is not technically part of Google Workspace, but it is the latest consumer app to have its brand rebranded.
Version 2020.46 also introduces a new status bar icon for texts where a message is placed in a white rounded square. It’s so bold that people won’t mistake it for the RCS Messages client.
The Keep icon has been aligned with other Google editing / productivity apps. Instead of a rounded square, the now solid bulb is placed on a sheet of paper. As in Docs / Spreadsheets / Presentations, the slightly darker crease is in the upper right corner.
After deploying to keep.google.com, the new “Keep Notes” icon is available at iOS and Android (version 5.20.441.01.40). Both mobile platforms see the yellow rectangle displayed on a white background and lack a splash screen.
Calendar gets a similar treatment to the new Gmail icon by dropping the physical object with which it was previously modeled. It is now a square with the lower right corner wrinkled. Blue is the primary color, while “31” is in the center.
Version 2020.42 of Google Calendar for Android is rolling out with the new logo. The date in the center is still updated daily, while the new icon does not appear, except on the home screen, anywhere else in the app. The status bar icon is essentially the number “31” in a square. An update brought this brand to iOS last week, and now it makes its way via Play Store.
Meanwhile, the website It has also been updated, with the new icon appearing for the first time in the Google Workspace side panel of various applications.
Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
The icons for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, as well as Sites and Forms, remain mostly unchanged. That said, the mark in the upper right corner is now darker. On the inside, Google has been simplified in a number of ways, including one less line of text / row and thinner glyphs.
In Android, there is a big change that makes the entire page shape to be placed on a white background. Apps previously used full-width launcher icons. Until now, Google Docs and Leaves They have adopted the new design with version 1.20.422.01, and Slides joined a few days later.
The Meet icon is very much in line with Gmail and Drive, as it is made up of the four Google colors. Green is the dominant hue here, in another nod to communications and classic Hangouts, while there is only a tiny bit of red.
10/19: Google Meet too unfolding today on Android with version 2020.10.04.337166131. The previous icon stood out for having a fold.
The chat gets a new flat logo, but it’s completely green in homage to Hangouts. The internal ‘@’ symbol has been removed, while the circular message icon is now rectangular and intersects with a rectangle.
10/19: Google Chat is next on file with version 2020.10.04.336992968 for Android. This is not yet widespread unfoldedand it has a larger status bar icon that is more visible.
Like Maps and Photos Earlier this year, Gmail is adopting an icon that takes advantage of Google’s four colors: blue, red, yellow, and green to form an “M”. Red still has the largest share, but it comes as Google moves away from accent colors in its apps.
All of the above Gmail icons have a distinctive envelope. Now it’s just implicit, with Google taking advantage of the white space above and below the center caret / chevron to form an envelope. It’s smart because all modern smartphone icons will be placed on a white background anyway.
10/16: Version 2020.10.04.337159408 Gmail for Android is starting to implement today with the new icon. Aside from the home screen, it’s not visible anywhere else in the app, which was also the case before given the lack of a splash screen. With that said, the status bar icon is now an outline of the Gmail logo.
The revamped branding is also making its way to the web client for some users, but it is not yet widely visible.
The unit remains relatively unchanged, but the triangle has slightly rounded edges. There is also a very subtle hint of red after the icon previously only had three colors. It’s the smallest change, but it ends up being one of the most charming.
10/14– Google Drive is the first app to see its new workspace icon available to end users. On Android, it is still rolling out with version 2.20.401.06.40 via Play Store, although the list has not yet been updated. The new icon is visible on the home screen icon and on the home screen.
Another change causes Google to update the icon that appears in the Android status bar. It is treated as a Material Topic and is now just a hollow schematic.
The new Drive icon also appears in the web app. This is a simple replacement in the upper left corner and in the favicon. The icon in the web application launcher is also still the oldest variant.
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