Google brightens up your Gmail avatar with new illustrations


Google has created new images designed to be used for your Google profile picture, the company announced on Monday. The new images, called Google Illustrations, are quite pretty and could also be useful for people who want to associate an image with their account but don’t want to use a photo of themselves.

Google seems to have a wide variety of options, some of which can be seen in the image at the top of this article. And you can see more of it in the GIF below, which shows different categories of images such as animals, tech, and space.

The new library of artwork says Google is taking a different approach to avatars like Snap’s Bitmoji or Microsoft’s Xbox avatars, which can let you make stylized representations of what you look like. Google’s new artwork instead gives you a wide variety of generic things and places to use for your avatar.

Right now, however, the illustrations are only available to Android users, according to Google. If you’re using Android, you can set one as your profile picture in Google Workspace and Contacts on Android. Follow the steps in this Google GIF if you want.

Google says it’s “working” to bring the new artwork to iOS and the web and other products. The company says it will also expand the collection of available illustrations, so if you don’t see one you like now, come back when Google adds more.


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