Material You Stories November 29

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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Material You Stories November 18

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.

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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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Material You Stories November 16

While Search results and the Discover feed are visually tweaked from time to time, other parts of the Google app are often slow to change. Fortunately, Google is now working on a Material You redesign of the Search app.

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Material You Stories November 9

While we wait for YouTube’s to go back live, Google Contacts is in the process of getting a new Android widget that lets you more prominently place a person on your homescreen.

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Material You Stories October 24

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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Material You Stories October 18

Play around with Material Design 3 in full on Google’s updated design ‘textbook’

Google announced Material You at I/O 2021, and it has since come to the vast majority of its Android apps. On the web, Gmail is the primary example, but you can also demo Material Design 3 on Material.io. 

Announced just over five years ago, Google Family Link is getting a redesign that offers a streamlined experience for parents by bringing controls to the forefront, as well as Material You and a web app.

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Material You Stories September 30

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.

Material You Stories September 26

Earlier this year, YouTube Music redesigned its playlist and album views for tablets, but now it looks to be opting for a different interface on phones as part of a series of tweaks that add Material You buttons across the Android app.

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Material You Stories September 24

In recent weeks, YouTube has been testing a redesign of the video screen, and Material You tweaks are now coming to the homepage. The video site is clearly working on a big overhaul of its clients for all platforms.

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Material You Stories September 23

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.

Material You Stories September 12

Last week, Google announced that it was optimizing widgets for Android tablets. The updated Google Drive widget is now rolled out with an interesting circle design that’s new for Material You.

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Material You Stories September 9

Following Camera for Wear OS last month, Google Keep is rolling out a Material You redesign that modernizes the app and joins its just-added Tile for faster note-taking.

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Material You Stories September 7

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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Material You Stories August 30

Google Design today shared a video “collage of animated experiments inspired by #MaterialDesign,” specifically Material You.

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Material You Stories August 18

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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Material You Stories August 12

Last August, Google rolled out a handful of Material You flourishes to Gboard for Android, and a few more are now coming to the keyboard, including the shortcuts bar.

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Material You Stories August 3

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.

Material You Stories August 2

Google is now more widely rolling out Gmail’s Material You redesign – first announced last month – on the web while also teasing that a tablet revamp is coming later this year.

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Material You Stories July 11

As we first enabled in March, the Google Play Store is getting more Material You tweaks in the form of new buttons. 

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Material You Stories July 7

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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Material You Stories June 28

Google announced today that Material You is coming to Gmail on the web in a redesign that also addresses complaints about the integrated view overhaul from earlier this year by introducing a “Gmail-only” view.

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Material You Stories June 27

Google Contacts has rolled out its latest redesign, which trades in a simple list of details for neatly organized cards.

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Material You Stories June 15

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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Material You Stories June 8

The latest first-party app to get an Android tablet-optimized redesign is Google Clock with version 7.2 today. This follows Google Lens and Calculator, which widely rolled out earlier this week.

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Material You Stories May 18

Google has received a prestigious iF Gold Design Award for the implementation of Material You and Dynamic Color within Android 12.

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Material You Stories May 11

Ahead of I/O 2022, Google has updated its design documentation with the latest Material 3 components. This follows the initial additions in October.

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Material You Stories May 1

Following the iOS app in March, Google Translate for Android now has a homescreen widget that follows the latest Material You design language.

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Material You Stories April 26

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.

Material You Stories April 21

After widget tweaks last year, Google Fi has now redesigned its Android app with Material You. It’s a straightforward modernization as the company is nearly finished visually revamping its biggest apps.

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Material You Stories April 5

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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Material You Stories March 30

The Recorder app found on Pixel phones was updated this month with various Material You tweaks and a handy Quick Settings tile. Recorder also introduced a landscape mode that would look awfully good on a Pixel tablet.

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Material You Stories March 22

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.

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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.

Material You Stories March 21

Over the years, Sync for reddit has proven to be one of the platform’s best third-party clients by always adopting Google’s latest design language. Sync for reddit’s next big redesign brings Material You and a tablet UI.

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Material You Stories March 17

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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Material You Stories March 15

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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Material You Stories March 10

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.

Google TV was a big redesign that replaced the Play Movies & TV app on Android, and it’s now adding a “Highlights” tab that serves as “personalized feed of entertainment news” and getting some Material You flourishes.

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Material You Stories March 9

Back in December, Google announced new widgets for Photos and YouTube Music. An updated widget featuring Material You for Play Books was also previewed and is now widely rolled out.

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Material You Stories March 6

Google rolled out a Material You redesign for the Play Store in October, but it really only applied to the homescreen. The Play Store will soon get new Material You buttons throughout the app.

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Material You Stories March 2

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 Stories February 25

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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Material You Stories February 17

Dynamic Color is the defining aspect of Google’s new Material You design language. It will be widely adopted on Android, and Google is also open sourcing the Material Color Utilities code library behind the wallpaper-driven dynamic theming for other platforms.

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Material You Stories February 15

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.

Material You Stories February 10

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.

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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.

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