Status bar icons are now rounded and have left and right padding

Google had rounded up the status bar icons in marketing materials for its Pixel phones, though the devices actually came with regular, square icons. But with the introduction of 8.1, we’re finally getting some legitimately rounded icons in the status bar, even though the change is extremely hard to notice. There is also now padding on the left and right sides of the status bar icons, whether or not this is needed for your device.

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It’s hard to see in the screenshots, but the WiFi, Cellular, and Battery icons have indeed been rounded. Those of our most discerning readers will be able to spot it in everyday use, but I guess most of you won’t even notice it. It’s a nice touch, though, and goes better with the overall UI design.


What’s easier to notice is the extra padding that Google has added to the left and right of these icons. It was already in 8.0 on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Padding is required on phones like the Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2 XL that have rounded corners, but it’s hard to see practical use on the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL (where the screenshots are taken from here. -above). If we’re being honest, that sounds a bit lazy. But maybe Google is just preparing for all phones to have rounded corners. After all, many have them these days.

UPDATED: 2017/10/26 6:46 p.m. PDT BY

If you don’t like padding and are familiar with ADB, the guys at XDA have created a guide showing how to turn it off. To adjust the rounded corners, use this command (26.0 is the default for 2XL, and 0 for 2):

adb shell settings put secure sysui_rounded_size x.x

And if you want to reduce the padding, use this command (the default is 8.0 for 2 and 2 XL):

adb shell settings put secure sysui_rounded_content_padding x.x

Thank you: Paul, Benjamin, Eva

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