Will you get Android 12’s coolest feature when it rolls out? You may be disappointed when you actually get the Google blues when they roll out Android 12.
Earlier Google at Google I/O 2021 said, “Instead of Google Blue, we imagined Material You.” Google introduced a new design language for the operating system with Android 12.
The recent releases by Samsung for its OneUI4, Oppo for its ColorOS 12 and Nokia’s own Android 12 Beta give an idea of what to expect from Android 12 when it rolls out through the next year.
Google has been proclaiming Material You as its headline feature for Android 12. Stop expecting it, as it’s not going to be a feature for the majority of users. This seems pretty much clear as One UI 4 handles the same as One UI 3, and Color OS 12 continues Oppo’s iOS-inspired take on Android.
It was obvious Google the Material You would come first to Pixel this fall. Yet it was not clear if it was because Pixel would be the first phone to get Android 12 or if Material You would be restricted to Pixel. Looks more like it will be restricted to Pixel and maybe exclusive.
There are other noticeable changes Google has made in Android 12 such as the new indicators for when your microphone and camera are being engaged, this prevents apps from accessing them surreptitiously. The detailed permissions manager allows you to view which apps access your system sensors and how often.
The notifications are mildly redesigned, some of its elements have been incorporated into interpretations from Samsung and Oppo. In the case of Samsung, it has its own quick settings space but the notifications design lean towards Google. The Nokia X20, shares a similar user interface like Google, though the dynamic color and customizability tweaks that the larger company had incorporated.
On the other hand, Android phone and tablet makers have fused a collection of elements that mark them out as Android but are exactly the same. Though a small portion of what Google planned for Android 12 will make its way down, while the most visually distinct element will not.
Even though Google has updated many of its apps to Material You on Android 12, most of the users will only see Google Blue when they access these apps. The only way out for you to enjoy the pure Material You is to buy yourself a Pixel.