Google Releases 750 Material Design Based Icons As Open-Source And Therefore Free

Over the last week we have seen a serious number of Android 5.0 (Lollipop) relative articles. Although all the talk has been of Lollipop it should be really more focused on Google's Material Design as this is the principles underlying Lollipop. Since the launch of the final preview (not final image) on Friday there have been a number of leaked APK's offering users a chance to experience aspects of Material Design.

Well, today is different. Instead of leaked APK's or ported Lollipop features Google has released a whole bag of Material Design Icons. It is no secret that Google have very much encouraged developers to make sure their future apps and features correspond to the Material Design guidelines. Well today's release of icons is another example of Google trying to influence by making it easier for developers. The icon pack is available for free to download and consists of 750 usable icons. These are provided under the CC-BY-SA Creative Commons licence which basically means you are free to use them as you wish.

The icons are split into specific categories to make it easier to find what you want and use them. Categories include action icons, device icons and common image icons. According to the information the icons are usable for both websites and apps and across platforms (including iOS). You can download the entire pack of icons (which is weighted at 57MB) by clicking here (direct download link). If you are less interested in downloading the pack but instead  would still like to see what they are then you can click here to view a live preview of the full icon list. For those seriously interested in the icons then you might like to know that all icons are available in both 24px and 48px flavours. In addition, SVF and CSS sprites of all icons are available as well as Hi-dpi versions of all icons (hdpi, mdpi, xhdpi, xxhdpi, xxxhdpi) (PNG). So what do you think? Do you like the look of the new Material Design based icons? Will you be using them? As always get in touch and let us know your thoughts.

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