tech2 News Staff
March 16, 2019 13:49:41 IST
You can soon see squircle-shaped app icons on the Google Play store. As noted on the latest Android Developers Blog feature, new apps for apps on the Google Play Store will be rounded corners and straight sides at the top and bottom.
Google in the blog post mentioned that the new app icon will remain 512 x 512 in size, but transparent backgrounds will no longer be accepted. Instead, rounded corners and drop shadows will be applied to the icons. To ensure consistency, the corner radius will maintain 20 percent of the icon size, the company said.
In particular, the changes will only be applied to the Google Play Store for Android and Chrome OS. Users will not see changes to apps listed on the Google Play Store on other form factors, including Android TV, Wear OS and Android Auto.
Google notes that as of next month, developers can start uploading their new icons to the Google Play console and the company will tell developers if their "submission" is in line with the new specifications.
Developers cannot upload icons in the Play Console that do not meet new specifications from May 1. The original icons will be changed to the new "older mode" on June 24, Google says.
"These updates help us all to provide a more consistent and consistent look and feel for Google Play so we can better present your apps and games and provide a higher quality user experience," Google said in his blog post.
In related news, Google released its latest Android OS, Android Qs first beta version for all Pixel devices last week. The new Android OS is said to focus on users' security and privacy. Android Q will give users control of the site and support multi-CV, enabling two apps to work simultaneously. According to reports, Google may release six beta versions of Android Q before the final building release is said to roll out in the third quarter of this year.
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