Even though Google no longer puts official dessert names on its mobile OS versions, Android 12 looks pretty cool (the code name is “Snow Cone” by the way). And its UI redesign, dubbed Material You, is a big hit.
Most of the people who voted in last week’s poll are excited to receive the Android 12 update. And they will, sooner or later. Which can’t be said for almost a quarter of voters – they like what they see, but their phone is unlikely to receive an unofficial update (do people always install custom ROMs – that’s a question for another week).
We know the data is likely skewed (an Android poll is unlikely to attract iOS fans), but the overwhelming majority of voters are happy with Android and have no plans to upgrade. Apple platform. Only 10% are considering it, which is actually close to what analysts have found – 88% of Android users stick with Android, the number of iOS users is 93%. That was for Q2 in the US anyway, but it looks like only 1 in 10 are considering switching teams.
So what’s in Android 12 that people love so much, anyway? Well, the most popular option in the other poll was “both looks and new features”, but given that the “new features” option by itself was placed last and ” Material You ”was second, it’s pretty clear that the new look is the main driver.
Material Design was introduced a long time ago, it arrived with Android 5.0 Lollipop in 2014. Then it was reworked in 2018 with “Material Theme” (aka Material Design 2). Material You includes an elaborate auto theme system (which adapts to your wallpaper), new widgets, redesigned UI elements, and more animations (check out our Android 12 review for more details).
The end result is a new look that fans love – that means manufacturers would be wise to embrace as many of the changes Material You made as possible.