In the past few hours Google has released the Beta 5 of Android 12 for all supported Google Pixels, in fact presenting the latest beta version that now separates us from the launch of the definitive version of Android 12.
Material You for productivity apps …
As we all know, one of the most important and clearly visible aspects of the new major release is the introduction of Material You, the new graphic system that we can understand as the improved and more personal version of Material Design. Over the past few weeks, the Google team has committed to integrating the Material You guidelines into many proprietary applications – a clear example of this are the Google Clock widgets and even Google Calculator in the Android 12 Beta 5 -, and soon many of the Google Workspace applications will also receive the same treatment.
The Mountain View giant, in fact, has introduced the important news that will affect applications such as Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Meet, Google Sheets and Google Slides.
Gmail and Google Meet
The email application will embrace the Material You starting with version 2021.08.24 and above. We can see how the lower navigation bar changes the accent of the various tabs, with the general theme matching the primary colors of the wallpaper for devices that support Material You Dynamic Color.
Turning instead to Google Meet, which will soon make it possible to make video calls 1: 1 without resorting to the invitation links, in this case we notice the appearance of more rounded action keys, pill-shaped, with an accent of different and more personalized colors. .
Google Drive will introduce a more visible navigation bar, with active panels highlighted by a more pronounced color accent. There are also minor changes for the FAB key. These new features are available starting September 9 with version 2.21.330 or higher.
The new graphics for Google Calendar will be available starting from September 20 onwards, with version 2021.37 or higher. Here too we find the same news seen in the other applications, with the FAB key changed and the main color tending to light blue for the Material You and instead the primary colors of the wallpaper with Dynamic Color.
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
All three of Google’s productivity apps will introduce UI and color palette changes starting September 1 with version 1.21.342 or higher.
… And also for the Google Phone beta
The Google Phone beta client, with version 70, introduces support for Material You. The element that stands out most to the eye is the lower navigation bar, where now the indicators of the active tabs are pill-shaped and with a more marked color accent. In addition, the hot keys for the numeric keyboard and for Google Duo also change, now with a square icon and no longer circular.
Small changes also for the numeric keypad, where the call button now has a pill icon and no longer circular. Version 70 of the Google Phone beta client is available to all subscribed to the Play Store beta channel or you can install it manually by downloading the APK from this link of APK Mirror.
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