Colorful interface in Android 12 not only on Google Pixels

The automatic color adjustment of the smartphone’s graphical interface based on the wallpaper is something that Google has introduced in Android 12. As of the new version of the system, this tool will be available to external manufacturers who are now introducing similar changes on their own.

Material You attracts attention. Not only with the improved appearance of buttons, windows, clearer notifications and icons. First of all, the more personalized nature of the elements displayed on the screen. And although it is currently to be reserved only for Pixel smartphones, other manufacturers of Android devices will soon be able to use the mechanism.

Several companies have appeared on the list of manufacturers who are to have access to “dynamic colors”. In addition to Google, they are: OPPO, Realme, OnePlus, Vivo, Xiaomi, Motorola, Itel, Tecno Mobile, Infinix, HMD Global (Nokia), Sharp, Sony, TCL, Lenovo and Roboelectric. It is not known, however, whether they will use the solutions offered by Google or decide on their own ideas. Companies are already introducing their own wallpaper-based color adjustment algorithms. Beta Android 12 on the OPPO Find X3 Pro smartphone already offers dynamic themes. Likewise, Samsung, which, interestingly, is missing from the list.

The Samsung One UI 4 beta introduces “colorful” graphics in its own way. With complete omission (at least for the moment) of Android 12 system solutions, codenamed Monet. The source code that producers will be able to use will be made available with Android 12L. The update, in addition to adapting to tablets and foldable smartphones, will introduce a number of bug fixes found in the stable version of Android 12.

Android has accustomed us to the fact that, depending on the manufacturer, the system behaves a bit differently. Everyone wants to attract attention with functions and tools not available anywhere else. On the one hand, it’s understandable – probably no one wants dozens of smartphones that differ in appearance to offer the same. On the other hand, such segmentation leads to the fact that apparently basic things do not work. And it does not matter whether they are embedded in the system kernel or an overlay created for the needs of producers.

Something always goes wrong along the way and weird errors appear. As we described last month problems with Android 12 automatically changing wallpaper stuttering games and applications. No matter how powerful the smartphone is. Something in the system and Material You means that the changes made to the interface have not been fully tested. It just shows how complicated it is to get the system to work stable and properly. And segmentation doesn’t help at all. However, this does not justify the people who have been working on it for months that such basic functions as changing the wallpaper negatively affect the operation of the smartphone. And it does not matter whether it is for a few hundred or several thousand zlotys.

Returning, however, to Material You itself and adjusting the interface colors to the wallpaper. Google also does not give an easy task to smartphone manufacturers. There may be additional problems if the list of “compatible” companies in the Material Components library is added. It is the producers who will have to make sure that their overlays and applications are compatible with the graphic styles offered by Material You.