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Android 4.5 leak points to “Moonshine” redesign

Sam Loveridge


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A leaked screenshot suggests Google will introduce major icon redesigns for the next Android 4.5 OS.

Previously tipped to be called Android 4.5 Lollipop, or something else beginning with ‘L’, this latest leak suggests Google’s next mobile OS is going under the codename “Moonshine”.

The leaked screenshot seems to introduce a slightly flatter take on Android, similar to the changes made with Apple’s iOS 7 update.

The icons presented in the Moonshine leak have been redesigned to more closely resemble the web iterations used already by Google, as seen in the diagrams below.

According to “a source familiar with the new designs” speaking to AndroidPolice, the leaked screenshot shows the purported redesigns of apps including Mail, Google Maps, YouTube and the Google Play Store.

The designs are certainly more simplistic but also don’t follow a regular square or circular format, instead all with their own shape and identity, which certainly makes them a little more aesthetically pleasing.

Currently, there’s no way to tell if these designs are finalised yet, but with Google I/O taking place in June, we won’t have long to wait until we find out a little more.

Aside from the apparent redesign, Android 4.5 is expected to heavily tie in with the recently announced Android Wear smartwatch OS.

Google is most likely going to introduce an Android Wear app for your smartphone and tablet that will allow you to monitor your Android Wear devices and how they connect.

In terms of hardware, you’ll most likely see Android 4.5 run on a future Google Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2 iteration, but there’s no news on those as yet.

Read more: Android 4.5 Feature We Want to See

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April 14, 2014, 9:02 pm


Prem Desai

April 14, 2014, 10:25 pm

Not a fair comparision.

The new icons will be amongst the list of things new in Android 4.5 whereas ios 7 was all about the new icons.


April 15, 2014, 8:51 am

I don't see how these tie-in with the existing icons at all. They're all completely different to the web versions apart from the mail icon. And it seems odd to remove the 'g' from the Maps icon too. I'd think these images are probably just someone's imagining of how the icons will change, but aren't actually being used by Google.
It would be better if they tied in the icons across all services though.


April 15, 2014, 12:22 pm

i don't like the flat style. i get it... less strain on processing, but i'd sacrifice a little processing to have a better looking home screen.

Derrick Amundsen

April 15, 2014, 12:38 pm

Fake - there are SO many icon packs that look just like that. Unless I see entire designs, not buying that's 4.5. Add this as another addition of the Android rumor mill.


April 15, 2014, 1:30 pm

God that play icon is hideous.


April 15, 2014, 6:03 pm

I currently own a Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 running the latest versions of Android, and I LOVE IT. But, if this is indeed what's 4.5's gonna look like, I'm afraid I won't update, no matter what great options they add.

Alex Gurban

April 15, 2014, 6:43 pm

It is surely fake. The icons there are the same with this one.


April 15, 2014, 7:03 pm

Why would Google go South Park with their designs?
And can we talk multitasking? Two maybe three apps
Running side by side OR on different pages?

Danny McVey

April 15, 2014, 9:27 pm

iOS 7 wasn't just about the icons, it was a complete design overhaul with added functionality. Android is in dire need of the same IMO.


April 15, 2014, 10:42 pm

So you're basically saying that you are never going to update to a version of Android beyond 4.4? If you don't like the new UI, just get a launcher to make it look less awesome. These probably aren't even the final designs anyway.


April 16, 2014, 1:39 am

I like most of them except the maps, which seems to be the general consensus. I like how they've used lighting and shading effects in combination with a flat design, looks clean with a little bit of accent. They've kind of shot themselves with the whole Google Play icon and making it look so similar to the YouTube icon. Naming the app store "Google Play" was poor foresight in itself.. but I digress..

Justin Hyland

April 16, 2014, 2:53 am

Changing the icons doesn't constitute a redesign. If this screenshot is valid, I will need to see more of changes to buy into the redesign theory.

Anthony Johnson

April 16, 2014, 3:04 am

Well I am not interested whether the shape of new Android
4.5 version will be square or round as I eagerly waiting for the launch of 4.4.3
KitKat version for my Nexus 5.

Anthony Johnson

April 16, 2014, 3:05 am

Well I am not interested whether the shape of new Android
4.5 version will be square or round as I eagerly waiting for the launch of 4.4.3
KitKat version for my Nexus 5. It is almost 2 months gone and I am still facing
the quick battery drainage problem in it. I have to keep my phone thrice in a
day on qi charger that I purchased from Amazon by CHOETECH to keep it fully
charged. It was earlier rumored that this is due to Skype, but I already updated
the new version of it but still facing the same problem. Do you have any idea about
the launch of 4.4.3?

Amritashan Shankar Lal

April 16, 2014, 1:18 pm

Yes, the iOS7 overhaul was basically to catch up with Android and add features that Android already had.


April 16, 2014, 2:53 pm

I heard 1-2 months for 4.4.3


April 16, 2014, 2:55 pm

That sucks. I have an N5 as well and I get 2 days with light use, a full day with medium to heavy use and a couple of Tasker profiles.. The standby times are amazing.

I regularly forget to change mine over night and just charge it after lunch the next day/


April 16, 2014, 2:57 pm

It could be someone that installed an icon pack!!! Haha.

The rest looks just like Kit Kat. Don't forget it's Android.. you can change almost anything fairly easily.


April 16, 2014, 9:28 pm

Maybe they can't find anything starting with an L to buy the naming rights like they did with KitKat.

Ersen Akçay

April 17, 2014, 7:35 am

It's fake. Soft (gradient) shadows are against their own guidelines.

Brad Churchey

April 18, 2014, 12:35 am

If it is only showing new icons and no other proof that this is the update then it is obvious only a custom icon pack and probably nova launcher. Also there is no say "OK Google" in the search bar widget which also makes me believe its a custom launcher and icon pack.


April 22, 2014, 4:54 pm

After you use the "Okay Google" command a few times the "Say "Okay Google"" text goes away.

Nathaniel DSouza

April 25, 2014, 12:46 am


Nathaniel DSouza

April 25, 2014, 12:47 am

I looked on Google Play and i found only one icon pack. The question is... which came first?

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