One of the hallmarks of the upcoming Material You design language, featured in Android 12, is that apps thematize based on your current wallpaper. Signs have started to indicate that Chrome for Android is preparing to support the Material You color theme.
Material You is set to refresh Material Design on Android and beyond, improving on Material Theming for 2018. Beyond changes to maps and UI, adding things like more rounded corners , the main feature of Material You is a revamped color scheme that takes Android from light / dark binary themes to an almost endless spectrum of custom color schemes, depending on your current wallpaper. .
While Google has yet to teach Android developers how to best use the Material You color scheme, the simplified version – like explained by our Dylan Roussel – is that app developers will want to use new color APIs that will always return an appropriate shade. Once configured, Android 12 handles the necessary color changes for you.
So where does Chrome fit into all of this? Earlier this month, a new code change was released to Chromium that begins to rework the way Chrome for Android handles its Material Design colors. In the comments, we find two developers discussing how Chrome plans to use these colors.
During this discussion, it was realized that “another coat” of work will be necessary for Chrome to “conditionally obtain the next colors of the material”. Before the name “Material You” was revealed on Google I / O, Googlers called the third generation of Material Design “Material NEXT” and it seems the name stuck, at least internally.
From this, we can assume that Google is actively thinking about how to bring the chameleon nature of Material You into Chrome for Android. This would mark a big change for the mobile version of Chrome, as today the app only offers a light / dark toggle, with no sign of the broader theme support offered by the desktop browser.
As of yet, it’s unclear which parts of Chrome for Android – or even how many of them – would potentially be repurposed by Material You. Using the recently discovered work in progress to revamp Google Messages as a basis, we designed a simple model in a potential way that Chrome could be tinted in a non-disruptive manner.
That said, given that the work has yet to begin and Material You isn’t ready to launch properly until Android 12 releases later this year, we probably still have a long way to go before. that Chrome for Android is not recolored. When it does, it will be just one of many Google apps to recolor for Material You, joining apps like Gboard and Messages.
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