Just the other day, it became known that Google intends to force Android device manufacturers to offer Material You dynamic themes. The search giant gave them a month to implement it in their user interfaces. According to its plans, starting from March 14, all Android 12 devices should offer dynamic themes based on Material You or their own counterparts.
With Material You, personalization is now a defining trait of Android that our ecosystem will continue building on for years to come. We want to make sure that you, our developers, have the confidence to join us on the journey and bring a more personal look and feel to users through your apps.
For those who disobey, Google threatened to disconnect them from the services. In other words, there are no dynamic themes, and there are no popular Google services. It hasn’t been long since this news spread across the network, and in its developer blog, it said that soon there will be more devices with Material You on the market.
As more Android 12 devices land in the next couple months, our OEM partners are working with us to ensure that key design APIs; especially around dynamic color, work consistently across the Android ecosystem; so developers can have peace of mind and users can benefit from a cohesive experience.
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Xiaomi, Samsung, OnePlus and more will implement Material You
In particular, “dynamic color will soon be available on other Android 12 phones around the world, including devices from Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, realme, Xiaomi, Tecno and more”. The company believes that thanks to Material You, device personalization has become a defining feature of Android.
To better help you understand how to implement dynamic color and fit it into your overall brand story; the Material team has published the comprehensive Customizing Material article; with codelabs and guides to get started with Views or Jetpack Compose. Watch for ongoing updates to Material Theme Builder and Material Color Utilities in the coming months; to provide you with the tools you need for design and implementation.
It turns out that the idea of dynamic themes is gaining popularity. But it’s not clear whether it’s really that good, or if the producers are forced to popularize it “under pressure”. Google chose not to comment on information about the threat of disconnection from its own services; for those who do not like the charm of Material You.
Google apps (Gmail, Photos, Chrome, and many more) have used the very same tools and guidance; to bring the color story to life on their branded experiences; and we’re excited for you to hop on board as well. As you learn more about how color can harmonize with user choice and work with dynamic color in your app; we’d love to get your feedback via the Material Android issue tracker.