Included in Android’s design guidelines is a section regarding iconography. The guidelines give very specific instructions on how to design a launcher icon for Android – it should have a unique silhouette, it should have a slight downward perspective, and it should be clearly visible no matter what wallpaper is behind it.
Many have opined, however, that it’s odd that Google maintains different iconography for its apps on Android and their corresponding web services.
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