Google last changed the Play icon in 2016, when Play Movies & TV, Music, and Newsstand were still vibrant. More than six years later, the Google Play Store has a new logo.
Update 7/16: Further proof that Google Play is getting a new logo comes from the US Patent and Trademark Office. We see the more rounded triangle with updated coloring in much higher resolution, although it’s still a bit blurry. The company officially describes it as such:
The mark consists of a triangle composed of rounded corners, divided into four colored sections; the blue color appears on the left; the color green appears at the top; the color yellow appears on the right; and the red color appears at the bottom.
Original 7/6: Before the 2016 redesign, which also placed everything in triangles, the icon had more shadows.
This new Google Play logo is still a triangle, but notice how the corners are much more rounded compared to the current one. Meanwhile, the four colors used are more closely aligned with those of Google’s four colors, which is the clear trend and mandate of recent redesigns. That said, we can’t help but note how quiet and dim the icon is compared to other proprietary services.
The blue and green are noticeably less vibrant, while the internal partition has been changed to make the rooms more evenly sized. Today, the blue triangle is oversized compared to the other three components.
Current vs to come
Only a low resolution version of this icon is available today. It can be found in both GPay and Google Pay – soon Wallet – when you perform a Play Store transaction, such as adding credit to your account, as a merchant icon. There is no obvious indication when it was updated.
It’s not live anywhere in the newly redesigned Play Store or play.google.com app. It would have been an optimal time to unveil it.
At this point, it’s unclear when Google will introduce the new Play Store logo. Google Play just removed the Movies & TV tab, while the likely release of Play Books so that the Play Store focuses entirely on Android apps makes sense. Meanwhile, the fate of “Play” in Play Games is slightly stronger given the strong push of Android games on Windows. However, the future of the dedicated Android app is not so firm.
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Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.
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