Google Starts Testing A New Lens Icon On Android

The new icon is now a more rounded square with a small bump on top, outside the square.

Google is making a minor change to its Lens feature for limited users on Android. The company is now testing a new Lens icon that can better communicate its functionality.

The icon, as spotted by Android Police, is at the top of the Google app inside the search field. This placement of the icon is rather new on Android as it was introduced in October last year. Apple iPhone users have this for quite some time.

Instead of appearing as a flat square with a couple of dots inside, the new icon is now a more rounded square with a small bump on top, outside the square, looking more like a DSLR than a point and shoot camera. While Blue stays as the most dominant color in the icon, Green is the least dominant one.

According to Rajan Patel, VP of engineering at Google, this change seems to be doing well. “It’s an experiment to see if we can better communicate that tapping that button will open the camera. Seems to be doing well!” he tweeted.

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Google Lens, to date, has two official icons only. In 2017, when announced on stage during the Google IO conference, the icon was shown in a rectangular shape. It also showed up in Pixel 2 and 2XL’s retail packaging, which were also the first phones integrated with Lens.

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