Google could introduce a daring new design for Android 12 when it’s launched later this yr if a collection of leaked screenshots seems to be correct. The screens present a new, colourful opaque look to the notification shade and settings menu, new notification tiles, new widgets, iOS-like privateness alerts, and different adjustments.
The screenshots had been obtained by XDA Developers, and it’s acknowledged that whereas the supply is trusted by the location, it’s not sure this would be the remaining design for Android 12. Google often formally exhibits a new model of Android at its Google I/O developer convention, which, ought to it go forward this yr, is in May. The remaining launch of Android 12 is anticipated someday in September or October, so there’s nonetheless loads of time for Google to tweak the design.
What will we see for now? The new notification shade continues to be break up into two sections, one for Conversations and the opposite for Notifications, every with rounded tiles containing info. The Conversations are stacked, with a button to disclose additional particulars. There are solely 4 fast launch buttons on the high of the panel by default — which appears to be like quite comical, to be sincere. The inexperienced digital camera and microphone icons warn you if both are in use, in a related method to privateness controls lately launched in iOS.
This is a radical departure from the previous couple of years of Android.
The Conversations notification may additionally be one in every of a set of recent widgets in Android 12, as a part of an total redesign. The screenshots don’t set out precisely how these will function, nevertheless it seems sure Conversations shall be out there as a widget — Messenger, calls, and the calendar, for instance — after which positioned on the house display. It’s not clear whether or not these may be stacked, like iOS’s new widgets, to preserve area. What is evident, is the event workforce behind the take a look at Conversation widgets in the screenshots is a Friends TV present fan.
The report signifies the Conversation widget could also be a required Android characteristic, which means we’d see it carried out in all variations of Android 12, not simply the model on Pixel or Android One telephones. The privateness alert icons for the digital camera and microphone may additionally be a customary a part of Android — as they need to be.
None of that actually catches the attention as a lot as the brand new colour scheme. The cream, brown, stone, and beige could break up opinion, particularly after the very impartial clear theme used in current variations, nevertheless it does look clear and trendy. It’s additionally more likely to fluctuate, relying on whether or not darkish mode is energetic. Perhaps it’s additionally proof of extra themes coming for Android as customary, because the shapes and use of area is just like third-party Android person interfaces, resembling Oppo’s ColorOS and Xiaomi’s MIUI. Theming has at all times been a power of third-party Android customizations, and Google’s steered clear in its variations.
Further leaks concerning Android 12 could come over the subsequent months, giving us a higher concept as as to whether these screenshots symbolize the software program’s remaining look. Google has not introduced whether or not an in-person or on-line Google I/O occasion shall be held in 2021 but.