Google Now Looking to Receive a Material Design Update Soon?

October 9, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

In what’s more likely a timed leak rather than an accidental one, it seems a Googler has tweeted some newer version of Google Now.  This sort of thing is pretty standard when leading up to new announcements, and we’re expecting a few big ones next week from Google.  Starting October 15th we’re expecting, based on a number of rumors floating around out there, Android L, Android Wear 2.0 and even the Nexus 9 announcement and subsequent release.  Any number of these could prove to be untrue, but regardless of that we should be seeing more and more apps updated to Material Design as Android L’s release grows closer.

Looking at today’s Google Now leak and comparing it with the current version of Google’s excellent personal assistant we can see a few things that have changed.  While remaining mostly subtle we can see Google adding colors that have clearly been pulled straight from the official Material Design color palette  Both of the green colored tiles are traffic based ones, so it’s entirely possible that Google is adding color to differentiate between types of information in Google now, giving even more clarity to each category than it currently enjoys.  We can also see the new hamburger menu on the top right that has moved from a vertical stack of dots to a row of dots, and is now located above the card instead of inside.

There’s nothing else obviously updated here, and there’s no word whether or not this is how it looks while in Android L or if this is just a newer version of Google Now that might be pushed as soon as next week or not, but it’s out there and it’s looking good.  The Twitter post was of course pulled but just like last year’s Nexus 5 rumors, we have the feeling this was intentional and gives us a little hint that things good things are on the very near horizon.  Below you’ll see the current Google Now design on the left and the leaked one on the right.