The Google Nexus 6P is about to clock its second year on the market, but the phone will still be getting the new Android O update once it’s released in a few weeks’ time.
In fact, those who love getting ahead of the rest are already enjoying the beta version of Android O on their Nexus 6P handsets, with others already taking advantage of the fourth and final developer preview version.
In addition to being a new OS, the updated Android O will also carry lots of changes to the general interface of not just the Google Nexus 6P, but also other phones that will receive the update, including the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. So far, most of the changes that will make it to the stable version of the OS are already visible in the current developer preview 4 of the OS and as it stands, there are a few things that you won’t like about the update on your Nexus 6P.
Apparently, Google has made some tweaks to the system apps icon, giving it a fresh coat of paint when compared to what has existed since the launch of Android Marshmallow – or Lollipop. In place of the green icon that depicted the top part of an Android mascot body, the latest Android O will debut a new icon that portrays a bugdroid which has only the head displayed with a prominent teal background that looks like a cutting mat.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with this new change, at least for those using the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. However, if you are using a Google Nexus 6P, and after seeing what the same looks like on a Pixel phone, you will definitely not be a happy Nexus user. Unlike the Pixels, the Android’s head has a square background that does little to add to the beauty of the new icon system. The Pixels have this bugdroid enclosed in a cute circular background, which makes them look a lot nicer than the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X for that matter.
It’s kind of weird that Google chose two different backgrounds for the System apps icon, but as Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X users might already know, there are quite a few other things that are available on the Pixels and not on the Nexuses and so far, Google has not given out any solid explanation rather than the usual hardware dependent stuff.
It’s likely going to be the same story as far as these Google Nexus 6P icons on Android O are concerned, unless some miracle happens somewhere along the way.