Google Updates Design Guidelines for Chromecast Icons

March 24, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Chromecast is finally outside the US, so millions more people can enjoy what those of us in the US have been enjoying for months now. The SDK is also available, so now we’re seeing plenty more apps with the Chromecast button and the ability to cast directly to your TV. Which is awesome. Now Google has made a slight change to the design guideline for Cast icons. Basically all they’ve done is change the way it looks when it’s connected, so instead of turning blue, it just fills in the middle of the icon with the matching color. So in Google Play Music, for example, the icon is white and when connected the center will also be white. It actually looks really nice and even minimal one would say.

It appears that the new assets will be available for Chromecast developers in the next update to the Media Router Support Library. The new PSD templates fort hose using custom Cast icons. Obviously the new icons will probably appear in Google apps first, and we could see them as early as this week, during Update Wednesday. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see the apps that launched with Chromecast to get it first add well. Like Hulu Plus, Netflix, and HBO Go.

This update is a pretty big one, even if it doesn’t seem like one, and one that we needed. I think it brings uniformity back to your app, not to mention it looks so damn nice. For those of you interested in more information, check out the source link below, which is to the Android Developers official post on Google+. How many of you are liking these new Cast icons from Google? Let us know in the comments below.