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Android 12: Material You becomes mandatory, but not for apps

Dominik Bärlocher
Zurich, on 11.02.2022

Google is putting its foot down. From March on, developers of Android distributions have to support Material You. Otherwise, there will be no more Google Apps.

Material You becomes mandatory. Android developers have to support the Dynamic Color Theming of the latest Google operating system. This is reported by the industry magazine AndroidPolice and refers to internal Google documents that it has.

The regulation only affects Android distributions. If a smartphone manufacturer wants to use the Google Service (GMS), then its distribution must be able to generate the following elements based on a single color:

  • Five color palettes that adapt to the wallpaper in real time
  • Three palettes with color accents
  • Two palettes with neutral accents, the same ones used in the Material You theming of the Pixel Phones.

These rules are set to take effect on March 14, 2022.

App developers are still free to enable Material You for their apps. Therefore, this regulation mainly benefits Google somewhat, who want to bring their new feature to the world. If you as a smartphone user want to see icons in the color of your wallpaper, then you have to hope for the goodwill of the app developers. According to Samsung, every app developer has to approve their app for Dynamic Theming. At the moment, not even Google does that uniformly.

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