this icon in preparation would better show what the app is for

In the United States, Google offers a different version of the Google Pay application, which also has an icon that is also distinct from the one that can be seen in France. It seems that Google has decided to completely change the icon currently used.

The new icon in preparation for Google Pay // Source: 9to5Google

What if the Google Pay icon changed completely? This is what Google wants to do, which is currently working on a more relevant logo to represent its payment service.

Since migrating from G Suite to Workspace, Google has redesigned all of its application icons to display better consistency. On this occasion, the Google Pay icon had changed from the “G Pay” that we still have in France, to an icon representing two embedded shapes, supposed to represent wallets.

Google Pay: this icon in preparation would better show what the application is for
The basic Google Pay icon

Google Pay, a real chameleon

Indeed, there are currently two versions of the Google Pay application. Only certain countries (the United States, India and Singapore) currently benefit from the new version of the payment app released at the end of 2020. This new app offers many more possibilities, in particular that of sending and receiving money between individuals. Thus, the icon currently used for this version of the application sports the brand’s color code, with red, blue, green and yellow. If the coherence is perfect, on the other hand, the readability is less so.

But Google regularly reworks its various icons, as we have seen with that of Google Chrome. Today, it is therefore that of Google Pay which could benefit from it. 9to5Google managed to pick up this new design. It clearly represents a kind of open wallet or card holder, easily assimilated to the idea of ​​managing payment cards.

Google Pay: this icon in preparation would better show what the application is for
Google Pay: this icon in preparation would better show what the application is for

The icon is therefore much clearer, except that it resembles, in its overall form, that of Google Files. It is also not unlike that of Apple’s Maps app. Moreover, internally at Mountain View, it is currently nicknamed “wallet”.

Google would like to develop its application, and wants to make it a real complete digital wallet. Cryptocurrency wallets, but also plane tickets, or health passes could be included, according to Google’s vision.


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