Themed icons rolled out for Pixel devices as part of the Material You customization features. Now reports have it that this feature is patching up some of its flaws thanks to a new experiment Google is conducting. This experiment is now unifying the home page on a Pixel device that uses Themed icons.
This feature helps blend the icons on the home screen to match the device’s wallpaper theme. Yes, this brings a sense of harmony to the user experience. It also allows users to customize and personalize the looks of their entire device.
But, most Pixel devices have some disarray while using the Themed icon feature. Currently, not all applications on the Google Play Store support this feature. So once it is in use, some apps match the wallpaper’s theme while others maintain their initial design. Google is working hard to fix this problem and unify the entire system home screen.
Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 forces apps to support Themed icons on Pixel devices
With the Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 update, certain Pixel users are noticing a new feature. This feature forces themed icons on apps that don’t currently support it, hence unifying the home screen. According to the available reports, this new feature is called “Forced Mono Icon.”
By toggling on this feature, the wallpaper’s general theme will be forced on all apps that don’t support Material You. This will help to give Pixel devices a more unified home screen interface. Also, it serves as a wake-up call to developers who haven’t tweaked their apps to support this customization feature.
The rate of adoption of the themed icon feature is steadily growing. Currently, apps such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Spotify, and other popular options support this feature. Other apps that are yet to adopt this feature will get a feel of it with the new Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 update.
It is not clear whether this “Forced Mono Icon” feature will become available to the public or remain in Beta testing. But, it will help those using the Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2 version to enjoy a unified home screen interface. Google will also continue working with developers to give their apps support for Material You integration.