In the past Google I/O conference, Google announced many new features of Android 12, the most eye-catching of which is the new Material You design language.
Xiaomi, OnePlus, realme and other domestic manufacturers also announced the first Android 12 beta version at the first time, and in order to experience the charm of Material You in advance, we also brushed the latest installation package on our Xiaomi Emperor immediately after the conference.
However, after anxiously waiting for the readout of the refresh to run out, the result was a big surprise. Looking at the retro, anthropomorphic AOSP “rough house” interface, we all said with one voice: “Isn’t this Android 4.4?
Interestingly, this also means that we have reached a consensus on “Android was ugly before 5.0”, because the Material Design design language, which was updated together with Android 5.0, is like a turning point for Android to turn from an ugly duckling to a white swan.
Google once used the term “the biggest change Android has ever experienced” to describe the design upgrade of Material Design, and now Google is using the same term to describe the design changes brought by Material You, which means Android is likely to come to a revolutionary point in history again.
Material You – just for “you
Android 12 is the biggest design change in the history of Android.
Sameer Samat, VP of Product for Android & Google Play, proudly announced this fact to his fans when introducing Android 12, mentioning that “personalization” has always been a fundamental feature of Android, and that with Android 12, personalization is now more than ever. In Android 12, the personalization has been enhanced beyond the previous generation.
In order to emphasize the characteristics of “personalized” design, and to reflect the user’s expression and control of personal devices, they chose “You” as the suffix of the new design language, even the abbreviation “MY” is conveying Google’s emphasis on personalized design, it is easy to see that Google is really “hard” this time.
If you are tired of the small changes from Android 8.0 to Android 11, then Android 12 will definitely make you shine.
At the first glance of the new UI design, I believe your eyes will be awakened by the application of various “bold” colors. The space of desktop, the color block of icons, the accent colors of notification bar and lock screen, the bright colors are widely used in Android 12, and the colors in different places are unified and connected, which Google vividly describes as “dynamic palette”.
The core of the color palette is the wallpaper that gives the owner’s personality. The system extracts several different theme colors from the system and generates a series of shades based on them, combining high contrast and bright color combinations.
While pursuing individuality, comfort is also another important criterion considered when picking colors. The right color contrast ensures that users can use it without any obstacles, thus allowing the color system to be applied to the entire interface.
The new personalized color scheme is not only to look good, but also to make the content more readable and intuitive. Google has redesigned the notification bar, quick settings and other important spaces, compared with the past relying on material shadows to form a sense of notification hierarchy, Google now cleverly uses color shades and shapes to show, the visual effect is more clear.
The change of Quick Settings is very obvious, from the small icons in the past to the big color block switches in parallel arrangement, and the brightness adjustment bar also changed from “thin line” to “thick line” in line with the finger, the high frequency adjustment operation becomes more intuitive and easy to use, from the details to improve the user’s sense of control over the device.
Material You also has some designs for fonts, adding the Google Sans font that can adjust the weight and shape of the font, in some scenes you can use the font changes to form interesting visual effects, Google demonstrates the alarm clock in the ringing screen full of text with the alarm breathing like jumping, looks very dynamic.
Natural animations are also one of the keywords that Material You focuses on, and Android 12 has added many animations that are close to natural habits.
For example, the ripple of electric waves when charging, the progressive lighting of the screen when lighting up like opening eyes, and the screen shrinking to the finger that presses the on/off button when the screen is off, it is easy to see that Google wants to use the elaborate animation to strengthen the communication between people and devices.
And with the increase of various devices in people’s lives, the multi-scene applicability of the app has also received more attention. In Google’s presentation, an app should be adapted to the scenes of various sizes and types of screens such as watches, cell phone controls and tablet devices.
Google said more news about Material You will be announced in summer this year, and the design components and guidance will be online in autumn this year, along with the improvement of the new design language, Android is transitioning from “suppressing personality” to “liberating personality” stage.
When sharing the new features of Material You, Bethany Fong, the design director of Material Design, mentioned that in the past, Material Design abided by the modernist concept of building functions and designs, and the view satisfied everyone through a unified solution.
But in fact, beauty and practicality vary from person to person, and good design should not only meet universality, beauty and practicality, but also focus on people’s individuality.
So Material You wants to take into account different users’ preferences through shape, space, light and animation movement, for example, dynamic color adjustment is a good application.
In Google’s view, personal devices should have a personal touch and be imbued with the user’s individual characteristics, and this is where Material You found its footing for a new “diversity of design” after the wave of flat design: a new style of design that is personalized and anthropomorphic.
Evolving Material Design
It marked the transition from an anthropomorphic visual style to a flat style. The change in design language also allowed the iPhone to become more innovative in UI and UX, more friendly and open, and more efficient.
The same turning point for Android is undoubtedly the introduction of Material Design in Android 5.0.
Material Design was an important guideline for Android, as Google wanted to create a bold, beautiful and unified visual language for the then heavily fragmented Android ecosystem, making the originally complex and bloated Android more organized.
Come 2018, Material Design has undergone a milestone upgrade, Material Theming, and it is from here that Android has gradually taken on its familiar form.
Material Theming, which supports custom colors, types, and shapes, brings a more unified and flexible design system to Material.
Material Theming is used in all aspects of Google, including Google Search, Gmail, Google Map, and many other products. Material Design is no longer just a design specification, but a design system that inspires.
Google says that the paradigm of Material Theming is based on science fiction-like ideas, including high-tech futurism, utopia mixed with modernist design, etc. The emphasis on grid, hierarchy and design unity has become the hallmark and symbol of Material Design.
At the same time, Google was concerned that over-emphasis on paradigms would suppress users’ individuality, which led to the birth of Material You.
The Verge, in testing Android 12, noted that the endless visual innovations on 12 make the system feel more coherent and unified, an ambitious visual experiment. Android 12 may still have a lot of ground to make up in terms of functionality, but its sense of living, adaptive design is impressive enough.
Can Material Design push Android unification again?
Will the new Material You design language upgrade accompany the major manufacturers to update Android 12 for us to experience?
In the era of Android 5.0 and iOS 7, the aesthetics and interaction of smartphone systems were still in the exploratory stage, and the design styles and design specifications of Apple and Google were still very instructive for other manufacturers.
However, after time, UI aesthetics were picked up again by various manufacturers, and beautiful and unique design language became the common goal of all major manufacturers.
In the past year, almost all the major manufacturers have come up with satisfactory UI designs: Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 makes it easy to use and look good, OPPO’s ColorOS 6 reincorporates thinking about beauty and high-end, and the vibrant Origin OS changes the old stereotype of vivo in the past. Each seems to have built up a recognizable design language from scratch.
▲ Origin OS
The design accumulation and exploration over the years have given the mainstream customized systems an exclusive design philosophy. Xiaomi focuses on technology and sense of life, OPPO focuses on creativity without boundaries, and Vivo focuses on the originality of design …… sounds like it will not be inferior to Google’s “MY” philosophy.
Nowadays, Android fragmentation is no longer the top problem that Google needs to worry about. With the active participation of various manufacturers in the system, the lack of Google’s right to speak about Android design is becoming more and more obvious.
Will Material You’s personalized design language be incorporated into major customization UI and OS?
I’m also looking forward to the new Android 12 features such as dynamic theme color changes becoming the new “material” for customization systems and being incorporated into other features such as MIUI’s “Super Wallpaper”.
Material You belongs to Google’s understanding of personalization, a kind of “moderate personality” based on strict rules, and in the ongoing aesthetic battle between Android and iOS for years, perhaps Android is now slightly ahead.
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