The icon changes will be seen in the Google Play Store for Android and Chrome OS only. You will not see this change on apps listed in the Google Play Store for Android TV, Wear OS and Android Auto.
Starting early next month, developers can start uploading their new icons and Google will tell developers if their submissions meet the new specifications. On May 1st, any new icons must use the squircle shape, and on June 24th, original icons will be switched to the new legacy mode. The latter is a squircle shaped icon with an original circle design inside it. Doing this will allow both old and new icons to use the squircle design.
So what is the reason for making this change? Google says that it wants to “provide a more unified and consistent look and feel for Google Play,” which it says will provide a “higher quality user experience.” Not that it won’t do anything for the app developers. Google says this consistent icon appearance will help it better showcase developers’ games and apps.
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