Android 12 Beta 2 released this week, and with it, a lot of features that we have only been able to see screenshots of now. job. This includes Android’s ambitious color-changing UI, dubbed “Monet,” and while this is only a beta, after some hands-on time, it looks like the UI of Android 12’s chameleon type already lives up to the hype.
Monet – or “Material You,” as Google now wants us to call it – effortlessly recolors your phone’s UI with a matching theme based on your wallpaper. Choose a predominantly blue wallpaper, and Android 12 will change the background of buttons, sliders, clock, notifications, and settings to match the shades. This arrangement looks like something that cannot work outside of a technical demonstration on stage, but the code is now available, and it really works. I spent the last day try mischievously at break it, and Android 12 reliably delivers beautiful color palettes without any contrast issues.
Google has been working on defined color schemes for the wallpaper for some time, starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop and the “Palette” API in 2014. Monet represents a second generation turn to the idea, and Although Android 5’s Palette API has barely been used, Google now feels confident enough about using it virtually anywhere. Basically every element of the Android 12 system UI other than the constantly black quick settings background is submitted to the system-wide color coordinator.
For the system UI, a rough explanation of how it works is that Android 12 samples a single hue from your wallpaper and then generates a few colors by adjusting the brightness and saturation. Choose a greenish wallpaper and you will get a bright green, a dark green, a desaturated green and an almost white green which will be distributed over most of the user interface, fully automatically. The media player notification lives on its own when it comes to these color selections, and it chooses a wild complementary color that’s sort of based on your wallpaper.
If the Google I / O slides are to be believed, Monet should be even better by the time the post is released. One slide showed a wallpaper picker that displays multiple flavors of color selections created from your wallpaper. So, as the launch rolls around, Google seems to want to let you push the color selection in a certain direction. As a buggy beta, Monet sometimes chooses a color scheme in a wallpaper when you first apply it. Then it will switch to a different color scheme when you restart, indicating that there is room for variety here, but no controls yet.
Right now, the worst thing you can say about Monet is that he might not be picking the accent color shade you want or expect. If you had something like a mostly black and white image with some dramatic red highlighting somewhere, you might want a red accent color to tie it all together. But Monet might not choose the color you want. These orders, assuming they actually ship, look like exactly what the system needs right now.
In Beta 2, Monet only works on the Lock screen, System UI, Home screen, and Settings. But at I / O, Google has demonstrated a color-changing calculator, phone app, and messaging app, which hopefully will be built. (How can Google resist the messaging app!) The new widgets, which still haven’t been released, will adopt any color scheme you want on the home screen as well. Since we can’t make a color-changing homescreen yet, the new lock screen, which shows a huge clock when you don’t have any notifications, is the best demo of Monet in action.
If app developers want to let Monet take the wheel with their designs, Android 12 gives them several color variables to insert into their code, which will be swapped whenever the wallpaper changes. The developers get three “Accent” colors and two “Neutral” colors chosen by the system depending on the wallpaper. In addition to that, they can choose a brightness value for each color.
Sometimes Monet wows you with a spectacular and beautiful color selection. It makes it downright addicting to dig through a collection of wallpapers to see what Android will do for each image. “Wallpaper of the day” apps now mean you’ll get a whole new operating system color scheme every day! Even in beta, Android 12’s new UI is exciting and fresh, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see this color-changing UI idea copied by other operating system vendors in a few years. .
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