So what is a squircle, you can ask. It is a shape between a circle and a square. It features rounded corners and straight edges, top and bottom. According to the latest Android Developers Blog, new app icons for the Google Play Store will use the shape of the squircle to remain 512 x 512 in size, but will no longer accept transparent backgrounds. The round corners and drop shadows will apply to these icons.
Icon changes can be found on the Google Play Store for Android and Chrome OS only. You will not see this change in apps listed on the Google Play Store for Android TV, Wear OS and Android Auto.
Beginning the start of the next month, their new icons may begin to upload new developers and Google will tell developers if their submissions meet new specifications. On May 1
, any new icon should use the shape of the squircle, and on June 24, the original icons will move to the new legacy mode. The latter is a squircle shaped icon with an original design circle inside it. Doing so will allow both old and new icons to use the squircle design.
Examples of original icon, new squircle icon, and original legacy mode icon
So what Reasons to make this change? Google says they want to "provide a more unified and consistent look and feel for Google Play," which says it provides "higher quality user experience." No longer can it be for app developers. Google says that a delightful look icon can help it better showcase developers' games and apps.
Google implies that developers are updating and uploading their new icons as soon as possible to ensure that they meet new specifications for the Play Store. Speaking of new things for Android users, the first Android Q beta was released for those who own any Pixel handset including the first gen models. Some Android phones will be able to install future build beta in the last build drop in the third quarter of this year. In general, Google expects to release the six beta versions of Android Q today and this summer.