Google Workspace was announced at the start of October as a rebrand of G Suite and revamped approach to office-less productivity. As part of these changes, all of Google’s Workspace apps are seeing new icons, with the rollout now underway.
From mid-October to late-November, Google rolled out 11 new Workspace icons on Android, iOS, and web as part of the G Suite rebrand. This covered the company’s biggest productivity apps, but two were left out.
Google Currents is a service (formerly the Google+ app) that allows companies to host internal social networks for employees. While it was unveiled in 2019, the Currents logo already matched the new Workspace design direction. As such, it was left out of the initial rebranding late last year. In August, Google introduced an updated logo that shrunk the height of the waveform. The use of a darker shade of blue was also limited to a diamond area where the lines intersect.
Meanwhile, Google Tasks today was updated on both Android and iOS, as well as the web on some services. Instead of an abstract dot and pill forming a checkmark, the new icon is much more straightforward. Like the other secondary Workspace apps, this logo is now entirely blue.
The very last icon featured in the cover image above has rolled out. Google Admin replaces its early Material Design gear (in green) and silver wrench with a blue hexagon. Like the other, more consumer-facing icons, darker colors are used to represent overlap.
This app allows Workspace admins to “manage [a] Google Cloud account on-the-go.” This includes adding/managing users and groups, as well as contacting support, viewing audit logs, and checking notifications.
Similar to Chat and Meet, Google Voice removes the dark green message bubble background. The icon is now a landline phone with a signal emanating from it. Two shades of green are leveraged for a more modern icon.
Like Keep, the new Voice icon made its first appearance on the web before coming to Android. This service is not technically part of Google Workspace, but it is the last consumer application to see its brand refreshed.
Version 2020.46 also introduces a new status bar icon for texts where a message is placed in a white, rounded square. It’s so bold that people will not mistaken it for the RCS Messages client
The Keep icon has been brought in line with Google’s other productivity/editing applications. Instead of a rounded square, the light bulb — which is now solid — is placed on a sheet of paper. Just like Docs/Sheets/Slides, the slightly darker fold is in the top-right corner.
After rolling out to keep.google.com, the new “Keep Notes” icon is available on iOS and Android (version 5.20.441.01.40). Both mobile platforms see the yellow rectangle displayed against a white background and lack a splash screen.
Calendar gets a similar treatment to the new Gmail icon by dropping the physical object it was previously modeled after. It’s now a square with the bottom-right corner creased. Blue is the primary color, while “31” is in the center.
Version 2020.42 of Google Calendar for Android is rolling out with the new logo. The date at the center still refreshes daily, while the new icon does not appear — save for the splash screen — anywhere else in the app. The status bar icon is essentially the number “31” in a square. An update brought this branding to iOS last week, and it is now making its way via the Play Store.
Meanwhile, the website has also been updated, with the new icon first appearing in the Google Workspace side panel of several apps.
Google Docs, Sheets, Slides
The icons for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, as well as Sites and Forms, are mostly unchanged. That said, the earmark in the top-right corner is now darker. Inside, Google has simplified in various ways, including one less line of text/row and thinner glyphs.
On Android, there is a big change that sees the entire page shape being placed against a white background. The apps previously used full-width launcher icons. So far, Google Docs and Sheets have adopted the new design with version 1.20.422.01, with Slides joining a few days later.