It’s time to say goodbye to “pure Android”. Google mixed it up

“Pure Android” is a contractual term for a system free from the manufacturer’s proprietary add-ons. For many years, smartphones from the Nexus line were taken as a model, the software of which was based on the open-source AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and was only enriched with a set of Google applications.

When the Nexuses were replaced by Pixels, things got a bit more complicated. Google has started to reserve more and more exclusive features for its smartphones. Today, Android in its release noticeably differs from the “bare” software that goes to other manufacturers.

This year, the issue of “pure Android” becomes even more complicated.

The flagship feature of Android 12 is & hairsp; – & hairsp; at least for now & hairsp; – & hairsp; reserved for Pixels

In promotional material for Android 12, Google focuses almost exclusively on the Material You interface. It is a new design language that adapts the appearance of the system and applications to the color of the wallpaper.

Google announces that Material You will go “first on Pixels”. What’s next? This is not known. It is known, however, that this feature is not part of the Android 12 open source code, which was released in early October. Therefore, other manufacturers cannot implement the Material You interface in their own smartphones.

This is a quite bizarre situation, because we are not talking about some functional triviality, but a flagship feature of Android 12 that defines its appearance. As Pixels have microscopic market shares, the most important novelty of the system will reach only a fraction of its users.

Android 12 on smartphones from manufacturers such as Nokia, who have been proud of using “pure Android” for years, will look completely different than on Pixels. This concept is therefore pejorative, because it currently means a system inconsistent with the vision of Google itself.

Nokia bases its marketing on "pure Android"

Admittedly, the programmers of XDA Developers they came across clues that in the future Material You will go to AOSP and be used by other producers, but it is not yet known when this will happen. Maybe in a few months (Android 12.1), maybe in a year (Android 13).

Google is fragmenting Android 12

Manufacturers of smartphones with the Google system found themselves in an unenviable situation. The vision of launching an Android 12 phone that doesn’t have the most heavily promoted Android 12 feature is rather uninviting. Many customers may blame the producers for cutting the Material You interface out of the system, although this is not true. It’s just that Google kept it to itself.

No wonder that the companies facing the wall began to look for alternatives. Samsung in the proprietary One UI 4.0 overlay implemented the Color thame function, which also generates color themes based on wallpapers.

Many media outlets have announced that Samsung has implemented Material You in its interface, but this is not true. Koreans & hairsp; – & hairsp; having no access to Google’s solution & hairsp; – & hairsp; simply prepared a similar function on their own. In fact, they have had it ready for years, but so far it has been closed in an external application.

The Color theme function in One UI 4 is based on the Theme Park application

The problem is that Material You and Color thame are not compatible with each other. Google encourages developers to adapt their own Android 12 apps to the new programming language, but these apps won’t adopt wallpaper colors on Samsung smartphones. These are two similar but different functions.

So Google caused quite a stir. “Pure Android” today looks completely different than the software on his smartphones, and its partners have been cut off from the most promoted feature. And it is not even known how long this mess will last.

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