Following up on yesterday's protip, today we've posted a few more guidelines for creating beautiful Android app icons on the Android Developers blog. Have any specific #AndroidDesign or #AndroidDev questions or comments related to app icons? Let's hear them in the comments below!

For those in a hurry, here's a quick excerpt of some of the key guidelines from the blog post:

• Launcher icons are 48dp square and should be provided for MDPI, HDPI, XHDPI, and XXHDPI densities — at the very least XHDPI and XXHDPI.

• The 512px Google Play listing icon should have the same content as the launcher icon, except for minor additional badging.

• Launcher icons should be designed specifically for Android. As per the Pure Android design guidelines, avoid mimicking visual elements and styles from other platforms.

• Launcher icons should be three-dimensional, front view, with a slight perspective as if viewed from above, so that users perceive some depth.

• Launcher icons should have a distinct silhouette, meaning that you should avoid simple square/circle icons and instead opt for unique shapes.
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Dropbox recently updated their icon... it's now lost in a sea of crappy blue squares. Bleh. 
 
Has to be said those dull blue icons don't inspire me to click on the link. If anyone reading has actually bothered: does it get better?
 
+Jim Cheesman If you had "bothered" to read the design guidelines, you'd know that the attached image articulates the unique silhouette and perspective suggestions.
 
I am worried that Google itself has lately been guilty of using icons that do not have distinct silhouettes :(
 
How to make an icon for Android: just use the same rounded rectangle you made for iOS because they are more important and you're lazy.
 
96x96px xhdpi luncher, which res xxhdpi? 
 
+Jim Cheesman I don't know about inspire. If you like the app, you're going to use it regardless of what the app's icon looks like. It is the actual application's functionality that brings you to it; however, it does help to have a nice Launcher Icon.
 
It's great when apps do go to the effort of having a distinctive Android style icon, but as mentioned Google is the biggest offender. Right now I'm looking at three square boxes with a letter 'g' stamped on them sitting on the apps menu.
 
GUYS, amateur in Android application development  ,Plz suggest best websites and references for easy access to app develpment
 
Honestly speaking. The guideline is easy to say hard to do. especially for me, a one man workshop having little  experience in PS or Ai. Do you guys have any suggestion for me?
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It would be nice to have some Illustrator templates to start with. For non-designers it's hard to build it from scratch. 
An illustrator (or at least photoshop) template for some common shapes would be a great asset.
 
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dear sir i wanna make android app
 
sir please rply i wnna make app please help me
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i dont understand arabic please tell me in english
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i had a developed a app for a tab it is compatible only for that tab !!!!!!!!!!how can i make my app compatible for al the devices
 
its a good thinking to create fine android apps :)
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