With some apps like Chrome and the Google app it's possible to add shortcuts to content by using "Add to home screen". Unfortunately the icons created for these shortcuts have a small app icon placed over the lower right corner of the image representing the content. This makes things unnecessarily complicated and ugly on the home screen. I'm trying to find a way to easily avoid these icons-within-icons.
For example if you search for "weather" in the Google app, then select the first result, then select "Add to home screen" in that content's three-bars menu, you get a shortcut to the current weather on your home screen. Similarly, if you go to news.bbc.co.uk in Chrome and select "Add to Home screen" in that tab's three-dots menu you get a shortcut to BBC News on your home screen.
The resulting icons will look like this:
The microphone-over-cloud-over-sun is a particularly egregious mixed metaphor and visual mess, but even for content that has a simpler image like BBC News the icon-within-icon is ugly and unnecessary. After all, I created these shortcuts myself so I know which apps they will open, and if I ever forget I only have to tap on the shortcut to be reminded... I certainly don't need to be reminded by visual clutter every time I view my home screen.
The icons-within-icons get created whether I use the Google Now Launcher which is the default on my Nexus phone or or whether I use an alternative home app like the Nova Launcher. With the Nova Launcher I could manually change the icons to what I want after I create the shortcuts, but to do that I'd need an unadulterated version of the icon representing the shortcut's content, and those are not always readily available. For example I haven't yet found the Google app's weather icon without the microphone, and even the BBC News logo seems to only be available as a rectangle that would need to be resized and cropped to be used as an icon. I'm trying to avoid having to do such manual edits to get the shortcut icons I need: After all, the system itself has access to the desired icons since it's able to disfigure them by overlaying its app-icon-in-the-corner :-).
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.