Android 12’s coolest feature will be a Pixel exclusive
With Android 12, Google launched a whole new design language for the operating system. “Instead of Google Blue, we envisioned Material You,” the company said during Google’s I / O 2021. However, for a lot of Android 12 upgrades, Google’s blues is exactly what they’ll get when Android 12 does.
This week, Samsung finally announced and released the beta version of One UI 4, its version of Android 12. Shortly after, Oppo announced ColorOS 12, its own version of Android 12. Along with that of Nokia. Android 12 beta, these releases tell us what to expect (and what not to expect) from Android 12 when it hits the vast majority of Android phones when it rolls out over the next year.
Don’t expect Material You at all. Google may have touted it as a flagship feature of Android 12, but it won’t be a feature for the majority of users. One UI 4 handles the same as One UI 3, and Color OS 12 continues the iOS-inspired Oppo approach on Android. It was always to be expected.
Google has made no secret of the fact that Material You will be coming to Pixels first this fall, although it’s not clear if that was because Pixels would be the very first phones to get Android 12, or if Material You would be limited. to Pixels. For now, it appears to be the latter, although it may be a timed exclusive.
You will always find the most important changes to Android 12 on other phones. Google has added new metrics to show when your microphone and camera are on to prevent apps from accessing them surreptitiously. A detailed authorization manager will allow you to see which applications are accessing your system’s sensors and how often. There are also slightly redesigned notifications, elements of which are incorporated into the renditions of Samsung and Oppo. Samsung keeps its own quick settings space, but the notification shade leans towards that of Google. Android One phones like Nokia’s X20 share a similar user interface to Google’s, but without all of the dynamic color and personalization tweaks that the bigger company had incorporated.
Android phone and tablet makers have come together around a separate collection of things that set them apart as Android, while not exactly the same. While chunks of what Google has planned for Android 12 will continue to disappear, the more visually distinct element will not. Google updated many of its applications to Material You on Android 12, but most people won’t see Google Blue until they open these apps. In the meantime, if you want pure Material You, you’ll have to buy a Pixel.