Android 12 is getting closer to an official release. Ahead of the launch, we’re getting bits and pieces of what we can expect from the upgrade. Thanks to Pan Du on Twitter, we know there’s a Google Feed color-changing feature that will adopt Material You’s ability to change its color based on the wallpaper.
Google Feed’s color-changing feature is available for those on the Android 12 beta
Those of you who are familiar with the direction that Google is going with Material You should know what’s going on here. When you pick a wallpaper, Android 12 will analyze its colors and create a color palette based on the more prominent colors. Having a wallpaper of an ocean wave will lead to a theme that’s more blue. By contrast, an autumn evening will lead to warmer colors.
Since this Google Feed color-changing feature is launching with Android 12, you will need a device running the beta to be able to get it early. The update is available to download from the Play Store. If you haven’t gotten the update yet, you can download it on Pixel devices as old as the Pixel 3/3 XL. If you want more information on how to update to the beta, you can read this article here from Pocket-lint.
Android 12 will bring the biggest visual overhaul to Android in years
Since the introduction of Material Design in 2014, Google has been playing it pretty safe with the visuals of Android. Each iteration of Android brought functional updates and simple lifestyle tweaks. While, at the time, OEM’s like Samsung and LG were uprooting their software and redefining their UI’s.
This didn’t bother many people, as most folks who invest in the Pixel family of phones appreciate the simplicity of its software. However, Google came out and announced that it’s flipping the script with Android 12.
During Google I/O this year, the company announced Material You. This design aesthetic will bring some welcome changes to Android 12. First off, most elements of the UI will have a rounded design. Elements like widgets, buttons, and menu items will be bubbly and cartoonish. This is exemplified by the new Gboard with rounded keyboarders.
Android 12’s ‘Color Extraction’ ties into the Google Feed color-changing feature
The Google feed color-changing feature is part of an overarching system-wide feature called Color Extraction. Just like with the Google Feed feature, Android will take the dominant colors in your wallpaper and create a custom color palette. It won’t just be for the feed- it will be for the entire system. Everything from the settings menu to the notification shade to native Google apps will be adorned with the color palette.
Android 12 will be launching soon, so those of you who have been waiting for the latest version of Android won’t have to wait too much longer.