Last year, Google rolled out a pile of new icons for all its apps and services, and they all looked basically the same. Today Google Fiber has picked up on that same redesign, getting a new four-color geometric icon that blends in with all the other four-color icon Google products a little too well.
Previously, Google has used a few different sorts of “logos” for Fiber. In the long-long ago, back in the old serifed Google logo era, the company sometimes used a rainbow-colored rabbit in connection with Fiber, but it wasn’t used everywhere. (It also handed out a few stuffed Fiber rabbits.) There was also some multi-color connected home imagery that was occasionally used and text-based branding that included various forms of the Google logo with the word “fiber,” both capitalized and lowercase. In short: It’s covered a range.
Above: The most recent text-only Fiber logo. Below: Prior imagery associated with Fiber.
Google claims that the new shapes “represent being fast, fairly priced, reliable, and open” among several other possibilities. Tech enthusiast literalists will probably see four tipped-over Wi-Fi symbols. And critics of the company’s recent design language will almost certainly see them as simply another four-color geometric mess that’s easily confused in a sea of all of Google’s other four-color icons.
It remains to be seen if this new logo is tied to a broader marketing effort, or if we can anticipate any more consistency in regards to imagery going forward, but it is a curious thing for Google to be investing time, effort, and money into doing. After all, Fiber went years without expanding between 2017 and 2020, and the city of Louisville, Kentucky even lost access to Fiber. For a while, we thought the service might be toast. But in the last year or so, Google seems to have either remembered that Fiber is a thing or decided it’s time to start investing in it again, as we’ve seen it hit two new cities: West Des Moines, Iowa and Millcreek, Utah. 2 gigabit service was also rolled out in some markets.
To date, Google Fiber is currently available in 19 different markets across the US, offering gigabit service for a mere $70 a month with no caps, plus mesh Wi-Fi hardware. As the US’s defacto ISP monopolies continue to impose new ridiculous data caps while competition remains essentially non-existent in the majority of our markets, I just hope this new logo shows up in more places, whether I like it aesthetically or not.