So just what is a squircle, maybe you ask. It is a shape that lies between a circle and a square. It has rounded corners and straight sides, upper and lower. According to the latest Android Developers Blog, new Google Play Store app icons will use the quartz form. They will remain 512 x 512 in size, but transparent backgrounds are no longer accepted. Rounded corners and drop shadows will be applied to these icons.
Icon changes will only be seen in the Google Play Store for Android and Chrome OS. You will not see this change on apps listed on the Google Play Store for Android TV, Wear OS and Android Auto.
Beginning in early next month, developers can start uploading their new icons and Google will tell developers if their posts meet that new specifications. On May 1
, all new icons must use the quartz form, and on June 24, the original icon will be replaced by the new heritage site. The latter is a squirk-shaped icon with an original circle design inside it. By doing this, both old and new icons can be used with the squircle design.
Example of original icon, new icon in squircle and original icon in older mode
So what is the reason why this change is made? Google says it wants to "give a more consistent and consistent look and feel to Google Play," as it says, will provide a "higher quality user experience." Not that it won't do anything for the app developers. Google says this consistent icon look will help better present developers' games and apps.
Google suggests that developers update and upload their new icons as soon as possible to make sure they meet the new Play Store specifications. Considering new things for Android users, the first Android Q beta has been released for those who own all Pixel handsets, including the first genetic models. Some Android phones will be able to install future beta buildings with the final building drop in the third quarter of this year. Overall, Google expects to release six beta versions of Android Q between now and summer.