Google’s latest feature for Android 12 lets you customize your operating system. Here’s how the new “Material You” feature works in your phone.
Google’s latest Android 12 offers a lot of enhancements and improvements to the users’ smartphone experience. One of these new capabilities is the so-called “Material You,” which allows you to create your own combination of colors and shapes across the operating system.
Specifically, the changes that Android 12’s Material You makes will reflect how fonts, widgets, and icons will show up across the phone. As of the moment, the search engine giant said that the new design language, which is the predecessor of the previous Material Design, will only be released on the latest Google Pixel models.
Although this is the case, Google said that this capability will also arrive on the web, Chrome OS, and other wearables in the coming years. However, the tech giant company didn’t confirm the exact release dates on these platforms. If you don’t have any idea what is this Android 12 capability, here are its other details and how it actually works.
How Material You Works?
The new Android 12 Material You capability was revealed during the previous Google I/O event. It is also a new version of the previous Material Design, which Matias Duarte introduced for Android way back in 2014.
Google said that the new capability of Android 12 is “a radical new way to think about design. Material You will transform design for Android, for Google, and for the entire tech industry. Over the coming months, we plan to share more details about Material You, and how it is shaping everything we do at Google. Let’s start with the vision.”
The Android 12 developer added that it “introduced Material Design in 2014, our vision was to help make technology simple and beautiful for everyone, and to rationalize experiences across mobile and the web. The challenge today has broadened. Computing continues to grow with more screens appearing in more areas of our lives. Also, users are demanding more expressiveness and control over their personal devices.”
The new Android feature is pretty different from the previous Material Design section since the new Material You allows users to pick from customized palettes for the system and apps. Aside from this, users’ favored designs will also follow them from their phone to other platforms, including the web, Chrome OS, wearables, smart displays, and “all of Google’s products.”
On the other hand, Google also explained that the new Android feature will include new UI elements as well, and will be easy to adapt across multiple different screen sizes and different devices. This means that you can adjust things like contrast, size, line width, and other characteristics to make the visual appearance fit your needs. And, third-party apps will be able to use your Material You settings, as well.
Google said that it will soon share more things about the new Material You feature this coming summer, with components and guidance coming this fall.