After nearly a year in development, Google’s Material You redesign of ChromeOS is finally taking shape, bringing dynamic colors, a quick settings revamp, and more.
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Google’s biggest apps already feature the main elements of Material You but additional aspects are now making their way through, with Docs, Sheets, and Slides using the new toggle design.
Google debuted the ability to have themed icons on the homescreen in Android 12, designed to help go all-in on Material You theming. Now, in Android 13, third-party apps can get in on the fun of themed icons; here’s an ongoing list of apps that support the functionality.
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At the Android Dev Summit, Google announced the latest improvements to Jetpack Compose including stable Material You (Material Design 3) components, Android TV apps, and a lot more.
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Play around with Material Design 3 in full on Google’s updated design ‘textbook’
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Google Account switcher on Android getting Material You tweaks
One of the most common UI components across first-party Google apps is the account switcher, and it’s picking up more Material You elements.
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Android 13’s themed icons: What they do and how to enable them
Themed icons on Google’s Pixel have taken on a completely new function with Material You, changing color per app depending on your wallpaper. This guide will take you through turning on Pixel and Samsung-themed icons.
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Soon after Gmail received a Material You redesign on Android last year, the bottom bar was shrunk, and Google is now taking things a step further by removing the descriptive labels.
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Google lets Pixel owners remote control their camera from a watch. Google Camera 8.6 is now rolling out to Wear OS with a Material You redesign.
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You can now customize Material You colors on Android 12 for free as Repainter app adds trial
Android 12 brought with it the arrival of Material You, a one-step switch to theme your entire phone, from accents to apps, all based on your wallpaper. Creating custom looks for Material You colors, though, requires some assistance, and you can now do it for free with Repainter.
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At I/O 2022, Google showed off a major Play Store redesign for large screen devices. Until that’s ready, the Play Store on Android tablets and Chromebooks is picking up some Material You flourishes.
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Google Contacts has rolled out its latest redesign, which trades in a simple list of details for neatly organized cards.
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Google’s Dynamic Colors system for Material You seems to be coming to ChromeOS nearly a year after launching with Android 12.
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Android 13 Beta 1: 12 new dual tone ‘Basic colors’ and Material You theme styles
As part of the first Android 13 Beta, Pixel phones now have 12 new options for “basic color” themes that aren’t based on your current wallpaper, along with a handful of alternate Material You color theme styles.
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It was only a couple of months ago that the Google Phone app was spotted preparing a revamped dialer design with some Material You flare. Now, the update is officially starting to roll out.
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Android 13’s second developer preview adds a handful of new Material You styles, but they’re not very easy to access at this point. Barely a week later, though, the fun app Repainter has added support for Android 13’s new Material You styles.
Repainter app for Material You simplifies setup on Google Pixel devices
Repainter is a fun app for Android 12 and beyond that gives users more control over the customized colors of Material You. With its latest update, Repainter is picking up an advanced new trick, as well as simplifying setup on Google Pixel devices.
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For Android 13, Google has been working to expand Material You’s dynamic color system to offer different color theme styles. Here’s how to try them out early.
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At this point, Google’s biggest Android apps have been updated with Material You. Redesigns are widely rolled out, but widget availability varies depending on whether you have a Pixel or Samsung device running Android 12. The following is our running tally of which Google app Material You widgets are available where.
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Repainter’s latest update adds quick settings toggle, separate color controls on Pixel and One UI
Material You offers easy customization for Android in ways we’ve never seen officially, but it’s only so flexible. Repainter was released early this year as a neat way to enhance Material You colors, and in its latest update, the app is adding a quick settings toggle as well as the ability to separate colors used for accents and the background.
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Back in October, Google updated its excellent Recorder app with a redesign. Version 3.5 of Google Recorder is rolling out today with a handful of Material You tweaks and a Quick Settings tile on Pixel.
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Material You elements quickly took over various Google apps in the lead-up and following the rollout of Android 12, but it seems Google isn’t done. Hidden in the latest Google Phone update is a new dialer design that has some familiar Material You elements.
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Google explains how Material You balances Dynamic Color with colors predefined by apps
Dynamic Color today is implemented across most first-party Google apps on Android. During the development process, the Material Design team had to reconcile the wallpaper-derived color palette with those that were hard-coded by the application/developer. A recent blog explains the solution Material You arrived at.
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Google has shared info on how, starting with Android 13, any app can offer their own Themed Icon to appear in the Pixel Launcher and more.
Android 12 introduced a brand new design language, and Google is working to make sure it’s consistently adopted by all OEMs. For the benefit of app developers, the company announced today that Material You Dynamic Color is specifically coming to Android devices from Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, realme, Xiaomi, and Tecno.