Google Phone app will reportedly be rebranded, include colorful new icon
Over the last few months, the Google Phone app has been made available to non-Pixel devices, and we’ve also seen testing for a new Caller ID announcement feature. Amidst all the changes, Google is also apparently working on rebranding the app.
According to a post on Reddit by user DominusLux (via ChromeUnboxed), the Google Phone app may be rebranded to Google Call, with a new multi-colored icon to boot. The rebranded app was apparently spotted in an advertisement on YouTube. The ad itself touts the phone app’s ability to reliably inform users who is calling.
The ad included a link to the Phone by Google app in Google Play.
For better or worse, some of Google’s biggest services have undergone an overhaul this year. G Suite was rebranded to Google Workspace to cater more to enterprise customers and the work from home crowd. More importantly, however, many of the company’s most recognizable icons, including Gmail and Google Calendar, were completely redesigned. Google Call’s phone icon will apparently feature the same multi-colored design.
The YouTube ad for Google Call featured a link the Phone by Google app in Google Play. The current listing still features the old phone icon with no other visible rebranding.
It’s unclear when Google Phone will become Google Call, or if this was just a mistake. Either way, the Google Phone app has been on the receiving end of a lot of really good features over the past couple of years, from Call Screen to Hold For Me to improved spam protection on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.
If the rebrand becomes official, we’ll be sure to let you know.