Google’s enterprise productiveness suite is getting its fourth model in 14 years. This enterprise app suite was initially known as “Google Apps for Your Domain” when it launched in 2006, then “Google Apps for Work,” then “G Suite” in 2016, and now it is “Google Workspace.”
Google says, “Our new Google Workspace model displays this extra related, useful, and versatile expertise, and our icons will replicate the identical.” Google’s “extra related expertise” shipped two months ago in Gmail, which obtained a merged interface with Google Chat, Meet, and Docs on the Internet. For customers of G Suite—erm, I imply “Google Workspace”—Gmail was changed into a one-stop productiveness store, with the power to open chat rooms and paperwork proper within the Gmail interface.
As a part of this announcement, Google Meet video chat can also be coming to the person Google doc editors (Docs, Sheets, and so on). Proper now there’s solely textual content chat inside a doc, however quickly you’ll press a video chat button to collaborate.
Together with the brand new model comes new icons, most of which match the four-color motif Google has been rolling out throughout its ecosystem. Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Meet are all getting new four-color icons. It additionally seems to be like Google Chat is getting a brand new icon, although it is simply inexperienced (examine the current Google Chat page to an Archive.org mirror).
Google’s new icon motif seems to be very Googley, however it additionally strips icons of any distinctive colour id, which makes them tougher to inform aside. Gmail was crimson, Calendar was blue, Drive was inexperienced/yellow/blue, Docs was blue, Meet was teal. Now they’re all multi-colored with solely the shapes to inform them aside. A lot of Google’s new icons are like this, and so they appear geared extra towards being recognizable in an app retailer search somewhat than in a consumer’s app drawer. In an app drawer, each Google app icon would be the similar 4 colours and will likely be onerous to inform aside, however in an app retailer search, the place there’s one multicolored Google icon in a sea of competitor outcomes, the Google icon will likely be simple to identify.
The Google Drive icon was cleverly coloured to signify the three important Google Docs file varieties: Google Docs (blue), Google Sheets (inexperienced), and Google Slides (yellow). With Drive getting a colorless four-color icon, it seems to be like there’s a new icon to signify the varied Google file editors: a multi-colored rectangle. It is actually not clear how this rectangle will likely be used. Google exhibits it as one of many 5 important Google Workspace icons however then does not present it in use inside an app. The one animation it will get in Google’s presentation video exhibits Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Websites, Types, and Google Maintain all merging into this icon. Hopefully that simply means that is one thing just like the Microsoft Workplace brand and will likely be used to signify the suite.
It is attention-grabbing that Google is together with Maintain within the lineup of apps underneath the unified rectangle icon, since Maintain is the one app right here that is not a part of Google Drive. Docs, Sheets, Slides, Websites, and Types all generate Google Drive information, however Google Maintain doesn’t. Docs, Sheets, Slides, Websites, and Types can all be created and opened from drive.google.com, however Google Maintain can not.
Anyway, count on these icons to roll out throughout the Internet and all of your apps within the coming weeks.
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