Google updates Android logo and introduces a new Bugdroid robot

Google updates Android logo and introduces a new Bugdroid robot


06 September 2023

Google has revised the Android branding ahead of the upcoming release of Android 14, which is scheduled at some time in the near future. The operating system's logo has moved away from the lowercase stylization and now begins with a capital "A." According to Google, this is done to give the text "more weight to its appearance when placed next to Google's logo."

In its blog post, Google stated:

While we’ve added more curves and personality unique to Android, the new Android stylization more closely mirrors Google’s logo and creates balance between the two. We hope these small but significant updates to the Android typeface will better communicate the relationship between Android devices and the Google apps and services people already know.

The search engine behemoth has also given the Android mascot, Bugdroid, a brand-new 3D appearance. The business claims that the robot, which is a component of the official Android logo, represents the "playfulness people have come to expect from Android."

One feature that distinguishes Android from its rival iOS is the green robot. The Android operating system has been around for 14 years, and since its inception, the robot has been linked to it. Irina Blok created the robot figure in 2007 while she was employed by Google as a graphic designer.

In a later interview, Blok claimed that she independently developed the persona and made it available for use. Although she didn't show the logo to anyone at Google, the company's developers took notice of it and began creating their own variations.

According to Google, Bugdroid now has a redesigned full-body design that allows it to more quickly "transition between digital and real-life environments, making it a versatile and reliable companion across channels, platforms, and contexts."

The organization previously modified the Android brand's color and emblem in 2019. At that time, it also stopped utilizing the well-liked dessert naming convention and switched to using version numbers rather than alphabets to designate significant Android releases. Google announced that starting this year, the new brand identity and 3D bugdroid will appear on Android devices and everywhere.

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