Google’s Enterprise Productiveness Suite receives its fourth model in 14 years. This enterprise app suite was initially referred to as “Google Apps for Your Area” when it launched in 2006, then “Google Apps for Work”, in 2016 “G Suite” and now “Google Workspace”.
Google says, “Our new Google Workspace model displays this related, useful, and versatile expertise, and our icons will replicate the identical.” Google’s “extra related expertise” shipped two months in the past in Gmail, which has a merged interface with Google Chat, Meet and Docs on the internet. For G Suite customers – um, I imply “Google Workspace” – Gmail has grow to be a one-stop productiveness retailer that permits chat rooms and paperwork to be opened straight within the Gmail interface.
As a part of this announcement, the Google Meet video chat may even be despatched to every of Google’s doc editors (paperwork, sheets, and so forth.). There’s solely textual content chat in a doc proper now, however quickly you’ll hit a video chat button to collaborate.
With the brand new model comes new icons, most of which correspond to the four-color theme that Google has launched throughout its ecosystem. Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Meet have new four-color icons. It additionally appears like Google Chat is getting a brand new icon, regardless that it is simply inexperienced (examine the present Google Chat web page to an Archive.org mirror).
Google’s new icon theme appears very googley, nevertheless it additionally removes icons with a singular colour id, making it more durable to inform them aside. Gmail was purple, Calendar was blue, Drive was inexperienced / yellow / blue, Paperwork have been blue, Meet was blue-green. Now they’re all multicolored and solely have the shapes that differentiate them from one another. Lots of Google’s new icons appear like this, and look like extra geared in direction of being recognizable in an App Retailer search than in a person’s app drawer. In an app drawer, each Google app icon has the identical 4 colours and is troublesome to tell apart. Nevertheless, when doing an App Retailer search the place there’s a multicolored Google icon in a sea of competitor outcomes, the Google icon is simple to identify.
The Google Drive icon was cleverly coloured to signify the three most important Google Docs file sorts: Google Docs (blue), Google Sheets (inexperienced), and Google Slides (yellow). Since Drive will get a dreary four-color icon, there appears to be a brand new icon that represents the assorted Google file editors: a multi-colored rectangle. It is actually not clear how this rectangle is used. Google exhibits it as one of many high 5 Google Workspace icons however then would not present it in an app. The one animation in Google’s presentation video exhibits Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Web sites, Kinds, and Google Hold, all of that are introduced collectively on this icon. Hopefully this simply signifies that that is one thing just like the Microsoft Workplace emblem and is used to signify the suite.
It is fascinating that Google is including Hold to the ranks of apps underneath the unified rectangle icon, as Hold is the one app that is not a part of Google Drive. Paperwork, sheets, slides, web sites, and types all generate Google Drive recordsdata, however Google Hold would not. Paperwork, sheets, slides, web sites, and types can all be created and opened from drive.google.com, however Google Hold can not.
Nevertheless, count on these icons to be accessible throughout the net and in your whole apps within the coming weeks.
Itemizing picture from Google