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Google has changed the icon of one its apps, Gmail.

In the beginning of this this month, Google confirmed that it would be rebranding G Suite to Workspace and it also gave us a sneak peek at fresh icon designs for some of its apps.

‘Our new Google Workspace brand reflects this more connected, helpful, and flexible experience, and our icons will reflect the same,’ Google explained.

‘In the coming weeks, you will see new four-color icons for Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Meet, and our collaborative content creation tools like Docs, Sheets, Slides that are part of the same family. They represent our commitment to building integrated communication and collaboration experiences for everyone, all with helpfulness from Google.’

The first app to have gotten the new icon was Google Drive, which got its icon a few days ago, and now Gmail is next. You will no longer see the red and white envelope, so it is time to welcome goodbye a multicolored M that partly keeps the letter shape.

The new icon is entailed with v2020.10.04 of Gmail, which is gradually rolling out on the Play Store. However, if you would like to speed up the process, you can manually get the APK from APK Mirror. Two versions of the app are accessible, but you will want to get the universal one which will function perfectly every device, from Android 6.0 device and above, regardless of processor and screen resolution. The new app will effortlessly install over your current Gmail app, no workarounds required.

Perhaps, you are feeling quite adventurous and you have a compatible arm64 v8a or v7a device with a 320-640dpi, you can go on to download the app bundle and make use of the APK Mirror app to install it. No one but you will know it, but you’ll have earned some special geek cred.

Once the app has been installed, the new icon will take over the current one in your app launcher and in several other menus, it will also take over the current app in the notification bar. It might take time to get used to this new Gmail icon, but it should be easy since the icon is still red.

And with that, one more Google app will have finished its transition into an indiscernible mix of blue, red, green, and yellow lines. If you have a folder dedicated to Google apps like I do, I wish you all the luck in the world in finding the one you’re looking for as quickly as possible.


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