Google Play Store moving to app icon standardisation

Left to right: original icon, new icon (example), original icon in legacy mode

Google has announced that app developers submitting their applications to the Google Play Store will have to meet certain specifications when it comes to the design of their app’s icon. The specification will force developers to update their app’s icon over the next few months in order to improve the Google Play Store experience.

Under the new scheme, icon assets will remain at 512 x 512 but transparent backgrounds will no longer be allowed. Google Play on Android and Chrome OS will automatically round the corners of the icon and add drop shadows; it said the corner radius will be 20% of the icon size to ensure consistency across different sized versions of the icon. The change will not affect Google Play on other form factors such as TV, Wear, and Auto, and the change doesn’t affect APK launcher icons on Android.

In early April, Google will let developers begin uploading new icons to the Play Console and confirm that they meet the new requirements. At the start of May, any new icons must meet the new specs before they can be used. From June 24th, your original icons will be converted to ‘legacy mode’ and any new icons must meet the specifications.

The expected result of this change is that apps in the Google Play Store will have a more unified and consistent look and feel, adding to the overall professionalism of the store. Google has created a dedicated page for its new specifications if you want to learn more about them.

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