Google Set to Redesign the Icons on the Upcoming Pixel Smartphones

On: September 27, 2016

It is the worst kept secret that Google is announcing its latest flagship smartphones, called the Google Pixel on October 4th. By all accounts, the day is going to be a historic occasion and one that will leave back a legacy of changing the way Google devices are perceived. We have already covered the rumored specifications of both, the Pixel and the Pixel XL. The Pixel is expected to come with a smaller 5 inch 1080P display while the XL would sport a 5.5-inch 2K panel. Other specifications like the storage, memory, processors, camera etc are expected to be exactly the same, though being a larger device the Pixel XL would come apparently with a 3450 mAh battery and the Pixel with a smaller 2770 mAh battery.


Both the devices are also expected to come with a newly designed Pixel launcher, that would be exclusive to the Pixel phones. It has been reported that unlike the Nexus efforts, Google wants to have a layer of premium-ness around the Pixel phones, and therefore they would get features like Google Assistant that other Android phones with Vanilla Android would not get. This is why perhaps the app icons on the render are rounded and different from what we are used to.

Beyond the launcher and an Assistant, looks like Google would also be bringing a newly designed on-screen buttons for the Pixel devices. It is not clear whether the new icons would become a standard or would be just exclusive to the Pixel phones. Unlike the buttons currently on Nexus devices running Nougat, the icons are more filled and flushed, and look solid, though their functionality should be standard and same, just like what we have gotten used to. These new on-screen buttons were only spotted when the trusted Evan Blass, popularly called @Evleaks published out the final render of the upcoming Pixel device.


Arpit Verma

When not admiring flying metallic birds and the science behind them, Arpit is seen scribbling with his keyboard, voicing an opinion or two about personal technology. He is currently using a Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus as his mobile devices.

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