Google today made the final version of Android 12 available for the Google Pixel after a long period of beta testing. The new update will land on older Pixels first in the coming weeks, although it will look better on the Google Pixel 6 when it releases later this month. This update comes with a massive redesign of the design known as Material You, and a set of privacy and security tweaks.
The biggest change is the company’s new Material You design language. When the update rolls out, Pixel owners will find that their phone’s interface will become much more suited to their wallpaper choices thanks to Google’s dynamic color theme system. These colors will apply to parts of the user interface, from notification center and lock screen to icons even on the home screen and inside apps that have been updated for the take charge. The company also released new widgets to match Apple’s after letting Android’s widget system stagnate for a while. Several parts of the interface have also been redesigned to be bigger and more bubbly than they were on Android 11.
In response to complaints in previous years about the slow adoption of new design changes, Google has also revamped most of its Android apps – from consumer-centric apps like Messages, Duo, and Photos to Google Workspace apps. – to use the new material. You interface. On a hardware level, Google designed the Pixel 6 to showcase Material You, both with its choice of colors and its two-tone, predominantly pastel-colored design language. The release of Android 12 also means that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro release date is just around the corner. In fact, we’ve seen it in the wild before, with Google showing it off at its New York flagship store, and there have been some pretty comprehensive leaks as well, so no real surprises are expected here.
If you’re not a Pixel owner, Android 12 will come a little slower and change a little less drastically. Google calls Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Tecno, Vivo and Xiaomi to watch. Samsung launched One UI 4.o as a beta for a selection of its Galaxy phones, with the changes focused more on the new privacy and security features Google added rather than the new design. You’ll still get some of the bigger icons and sweeping design changes, but none of the vibrant colors that Google positions as a selling point for Android 12. Oppo has also released Color OS 12, and although the operating system is getting a redesign. , it’s not quite the same as what Google offers. OnePlus has also confirmed that it will still release Oxygen OS 12 despite the ongoing integration with Color OS 12.
Google has noted that Material You will be exclusive to Pixels at first, with some reports indicating that Android 12.1 will be what will bring Material You to non-Pixel phones. In the meantime, if you have a Pixel 3, 3Xl, 3a, 4a Xl, 4, 4Xl, 4a, 4a 5G, 5 or 5a, you can download Android 12 with Material You when it becomes available for your device.
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