According to recent reports, the Google TV app is getting an update and it’ll bring some design changes. These changes will introduce smaller circular app icons to the streaming platform. The reports point out that this update is certain, and Google is currently working to roll it out to users.
If you are so excited about this report and the coming changes, then you’ll need to be a bit patient. Yes, in a few months, you can start expecting the roll-out of this feature. Google reps via the post say that the redesign will roll out to users of the streaming platform early next year.
Well, this is not just an upgrade that’ll introduce a design change because some folks at Google were tired of the old design. The coming upgrade will bring a fix to issues that are currently predominant on the Google TV streaming app. From the post, users can identify four major design flaws that the current icons have that need fixing.
Google points out that the coming TV app update is more than just a redesign, it’s a fix
Currently, on the Google TV platform, app icons are sort of square-ish in shape. Well, Google says that these icons are not squares as they have a 1:1 aspect ratio. This is the first issue with these icons that requires some fixing to make the user interface look more presentable.
The next issue has to do with the app icons overflowing the safe space given by the guidelines. Another issue is that the various app icon sizes at xhdpi according to Google “is not at least 160×160.” Lastly, Google says that the app icon shape “is not designed as per spec.”
In the post, users can find more technical details as to how the design team at Google will fix these issues. This fix will not just come to a handful of apps, but it’ll become available on over 10,000 apps currently available on Android TV OS. Well, there’s no need to bore you with the long talk as to how Google intends to fix these issues and the steps they’ll take.
What you need to know is that smaller circular app icons are coming to the Google TV platform. These new icons will hit apps that are available on your TV screen early next year. Additionally, developers will need to tweak their apps to fit this coming change for a sense of unity within the platform.
Developers will provide Google with square app icons, which will become smaller and rounder icons. Do you find this change a bit concerning, wondering why Google just realized these app icon errors now. Well if you don’t stress yourself, just sit back and wait for the new icons, possibly you’ll come to love their looks.