Matias Duarte, “one year ago” (that’s the actual granularity of the time stamps in Google Plus), on why Google’s iOS apps use Google’s share icon:
The share icon Google uses in its properties (and the share icon
that Android endorses) is a popular opensource icon and one that
we feel well describes the connective nature of sharing. In a
sense you could say we believe it’s part of our brand and that
Google’s brand is to embrace the open and universal standard.
I keep wanting to say “Android’s share icon” instead of “Google’s share icon”, but the more I think about it, the more clear it is that Google is pushing a meta platform UI style, and Android is just one outlet for it. I don’t think they see their iOS apps as being Android-style, but rather Google-style.
★ Wednesday, 5 November 2014