It was supposed to be so beautiful. Material You on Android 12 is a dud

Material You is the most promoted feature of Android 12. Google is so proud of it that it even got its own series of ads.

Let me remind you that we are talking about a function that matches the colors of the interface, applications and widgets to the selected wallpaper. The software itself “extracts” the dominant colors from the image and modifies the appearance of the entire system. In theory of the whole.

Material You can look really nice and uniform

Take a look at these 3 Google app widgets: Drive, Keep Notepad and Maps.

All widgets have a color scheme that matches your wallpaper and have a neat, seamless look.

… But it doesn’t often look

On the two desktops below I placed random widgets of other applications created by Google itself.

Clock and Gmail widgets have been built consistently using the Material You language. Agenda and Calendar widgets have only minor accents modified in color. The photo widget only has a redesigned shape. Weather widgets and even search engines (!) Don’t use Material You elements at all.

Android 12 was released over 6 months ago, and Google & hairsp; – & hairsp; who boasts so much of the Material You & hairsp; – & hairsp; interface has not had time to follow its own rules. He didn’t even modify the coloring of a simple search engine widget. A widget that is set by default on the home screen of virtually any Android smartphone.

The implementation of Material You is slightly better in applications, but also far from ideal here

Play Store, Phone, Chrome, Keep, Gboard, News and the vast majority of other Google applications already have modified interfaces, compatible with Material You. Maps or Google Home look consistent only for some users (not for me yet). YouTube is gray as always.

Since even Google has such serious shortcomings in its portfolio, it is hardly surprising that external programmers also have Material You in the nose. In the Play Store, applications that use dynamic color change with a glow look.

Google did not even get along with the manufacturers of Android 12 smartphones on Material You

Samsung implemented Material You in One UI 4, but did it in its own way. While Google modifies the color of the backgrounds and almost all elements in its applications, Samsung only modifies the minor touches. As a result, Google and Samsung apps look like they were taken out of other parishes.

Google and Samsung calculators use the Material You interface differently

In turn, Xiaomi’s applications in MIUI 13 do not change their color at all.

Material You in Xiaomi apps?  Who needs it?

It’s been six months since Material You’s boisterous debut, and Google has not yet managed to modify the interface of its flagship applications and widgets, or reach a stylistic agreement with the largest smartphone manufacturers with its system. Well done, no what.

Material You, paradoxically, makes Android 12’s interface seem less consistent than before

When all applications look different, your eyesight quickly gets used to it and assumes that it’s just such a charm of the system. That stylistic diversity is part of the convention.

However, when five applications that look the same are used consecutively, the sixth one with a different color scheme stings the eyes twice.

The fear is to think that Google wants the Material You interface in Android 13 to change the color of the icons as well. It is enough for the application developers to heed his polite request and send him several million properly prepared graphic files. What could go wrong?

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