It has been a while since the last major update hit the Android shores. You could argue that Kitkat update is barely six months old and that we could perhaps be a little more patient about a new update, but that is certainly not the way things roll in the tech town, as we are always in the lookout for the next big surprise to come. Although, Android 4.4.3 was released for Nexus 5 running on Sprint today, the update is strictly said to have fixed various bugs like the issue with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and not added anything new. So, what would the next big jump in the world of Android?
According to this report in Phonearena, Android is all prepared for a huge visual overhaul in the next update. The screenshots obtained show icons which have shadow trails, thicker and slightly smaller than the ones we have seen with the KitKat update. There is no system log or even Android version that has been mentioned in the leak. It is certainly a bit confusing why would Google increase the size of the icons like they did in KitKat and then suddenly drop them back in the update. Icons such as those of Play Store have been designed from ground up and take inspiration from icons of Google’s web services.
The update internally is called ‘Moonshine’ at Google’s HQs according to the same report. Looks like Android is going the route of iOS 7 with a lot of contrasted and deep color choices. If this is indeed the real thing, then this UI update would also be bringing about a change in Google’s current design guidelines where developers are encouraged to have a more rectangular app icons with flatter designs. Could this be also a start of integration of mobile and web services with similar design language? It certainly would be very interesting to find out.
Via: Android Police