Google Announces Android 12 Redesign During Google I/O Event

Google’s developer conference, Google I/O, is now underway with the company taking the wraps off the Android 12 redesign for the first time. It’s a brand new look and one that will launch later this year.

Google has spent the last few years tweaking what was already in place, making changes here and there.

As XDA-Developers points out, Android 12 will take the color of your wallpaper and use that as the basis for the interface, including your lock screen, widgets, notification shade, and much more.

First of all, there’s a new “color extraction” feature that changes the system’s theme based on your current wallpaper. It uses a clustering algorithm with material color targets to determine dominant and less dominant colors and applies hues that match your wallpaper. This design, along with the rest of the new “Material You” changes, is coming to Google Pixel phones first in the fall.

Part of that will be newly redesigned interactions, including a simplified notification shade and more.  Google Assistant is now invoked via a long press on the phone’s power button.

Then there’s dynamic lighting, a feature wherein your lockscreen expands from darkness based on where you press the power button or unlock the phone. One feature we also spotted is that, on the lock screen, there’s a new button for Quick Wallet Access (Google Pay cards). Furthermore, the Quick Settings space has redesigned to include Google Pay and Home controls.

It’s still very early days for Android 12 and Google is still unveiling it. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more in the coming hours and days.

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