The Wrench icon was there from the very first version of Google Chrome. Google is replacing it with a Hotdogs icon.
We called it the settings icon and sometimes the wrench icon. The icon itself added a uniqueness to Chrome. When all other browsers had different menu lists for different settings, Chrome made remained a minimalist.
The latest Chromium builds on OSX has replaced the settings icon with the new hotdog! We will soon this change coming to Window builds and pretty soon on Chrome stable versions. Take a look at the new icon.
Making such huge changes are not new to Chrome users and the Chrome team. They changed the Chrome icon midway in March 2011.
For many, such a huge change was really surprising. I remember a lot of people complaining about thew new icon. Even though I liked it, I heard people saying, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!
How will users react to this change then?
This change is not as huge as the logo change, which changed the whole identity of Chrome. However, this is pretty close to it. The wrench icon oh, sorry, the hot-dogs icon is something we all click almost every day.
Why this change, all of a sudden? François Beaufort who discovered this change recently; says it will bring some consistency between mobile platforms and desktop platforms. One possible reason that users mentioned is, wrench means settings, but the this icon now does more than controlling settings. Do you agree?
Can you think of any other reason? Do you like this new icon?