Android 12 Beta 2 came out this week and with it, many features that we were only able to see screenshots at the moment work. This includes the ambitious color change interface of the user interface codenamed “Monet” and although this is only a beta version, after a while it feels like the chameleon user interface of Android 12 already meets the hip.
Monet – or “Material You”, as Google wants to call it – effortlessly repaints your phone’s user interface with a matching theme based on your wallpaper. Choose a wallpaper that is mostly blue and Android 12 will change the buttons, sliders, clock, notifications and background settings to the appropriate shades. This arrangement sounds like something that can’t work outside of a stage demonstration, but the code has already come out and it’s really works. I spent the last day maliciously trying to break it and Android 12 reliably converts beautiful color schemes without any contrast issues.
Google has been working on wallpaper-defined color schemes for some time, starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop and the Palette API in 2014. Monet is a second-generation swing in the idea, and while the API 5 for the Android 5 Palette is barely in use, Google is already feeling it. confident enough with the idea of using it basically anywhere. In general, every piece of the Android 12 system user interface, other than the permanent black background for quick settings, is subject to the system color coordinator.
For the system user interface, the rough explanation of how this works is that Android 12 takes a hue from your wallpaper and then generates several colors, changing the brightness and saturation. Choose green wallpaper and you will get bright green, dark green, unsaturated green and almost white green, which will be distributed around most of the user interface, completely automatically. The notification from the media player lives on its own while regarding these color selections, and chooses a wild complementary color that is somehow based on your wallpaper.
If you have to trust the slides in Google I / O, Monet should be even better by the time it is released. One slide shows a wallpaper selection tool that shows multiple flavors of color selections created by your wallpaper. So at a time when the launch is spinning, Google sounds like it wants to let you point your color choices in a certain direction. As a buggy beta, sometimes Monet will choose a color scheme from the wallpaper when you apply it for the first time. It will then switch to a different color scheme when you reboot, showing that there is room for variety here, there are just no controls yet.
Right now, the worst thing you can say about Monet is that you may not choose the accent color you want or expect. If you’ve had something like a predominantly black-and-white image with a dramatic red highlight somewhere, you may want a red accent color to tie it all together. But Monet may not choose the color you want. These controls, assuming they are actually delivered, sound exactly like what the system needs right now.
In Beta 2 Monet works only on the lock screen, user interface of the system, home screen and settings. But with I / O, Google is demonstrating a color change calculator, a phone app, and a messaging app that we hope will be built. (How can Google oppose the messaging app!) New widgets that haven’t been released yet will also accept your chosen color scheme on the home screen. Since we still can’t make a home screen with a color change, the new lock screen, which shows a huge clock when you have no notifications, is the best demonstration of Monet in action.
If app developers want to let Monet take over the wheel with their designs, Android 12 gives them a few color variables to put in their code that will change when the wallpaper changes. Developers receive three “Accent” colors and two “Neutral” colors selected by the system based on the wallpaper. On top of that, they can choose a value of lightness for each color.
Sometimes Monet fucks your socks with a dramatic and beautiful choice of colors. This makes it downright addictive to rummage 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 OS color scheme every day! Even in beta, the new user interface of Android 12 feels exciting and fresh, and it won’t surprise me to see this user interface idea that changes color, copied from other operating system vendors in a few years.
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