More than 90% of the sensory information we receive every day comes from vision. It can be said that we humans are "visual animals".
The experimental psychologist Treicher also proved through a psychological experiment that 83% of the information obtained by humans comes from vision, while the rest of the sensory pathways share the remaining 17%. Although this number may not be accurate, it is enough to illustrate the problem.
At the same time, some research institutions have conducted consumer surveys. When people buy mobile phones, appearance is the determining factor for more than 70% of consumers. Whether it looks good or not, whether it has a sense of design is a major demand of many manufacturers in the design of consumer electronic products.
If the UI is regarded as a product, aesthetics and design are also the most important elements.
How important is it?
When I watched the Google I/O 2021 conference last night, what reverberated in my mind was not how powerful Google’s AI empowerment is, how powerful AI learning is, and I didn’t sigh that Google would work with Samsung to revive Wear OS. Want to fight against Apple Watch. What impressed me the most was Material You, a new design language designed by Google for Android 12 (Material's new design is only for you).
Probably it is so important, although it is only a glimpse, but it is enough to go deep into my mind.
Play to the extreme personalization
Every major version of Android in the past years will make a little detailed change in the UI to cater to the current trend of interaction or App design. Material Design, which was born as early as 2014, has been using Android 11 under the continuous improvement of Google.
The design language of Material Design has evolved from the early card design, paper simulation, and strong contrasting colors to the current changing shapes, color matching, and optimized adaptation for full screens.
When it comes to Material You on Android 12, it actually evolved from Material Design. It can also be regarded as a quantitative to qualitative change in UI details in the past few years. As can be seen from the name, the UI of Android 12 has begun to return to "personalization." .
Compared with the closed iOS, Android has emphasized open source since its birth, playing the card of personalization. After the Android 11 upgrade, which is very similar to Android 10, Google finally got on and off the appearance.
Judging from the information given at the Google I/O conference, the “personalization” in the appearance of Android 12 is centered on the wallpaper. The “dynamic palette” can extract relevant colors from the wallpaper and add complementary colors to it. Generate dynamic themes. From this point of view, each Pixel will have a very personalized presentation of themes.
The desktop widgets are no longer unified and restricted, but a more flexible expansion and presentation state. Simply put, Google has fewer restrictions, and the "fence" is no longer a unified rounded rectangle, and at the same time , These rounded corners and relatively free filling methods can be adapted to each launcher and main screen, and the color matching will also "complement each other" with the new dynamic theme.
In terms of motion effects, Android 12 uses more non-linear transitions, which are closer to nature and intuition. The system-level scrolling effects have been upgraded to "transitional scrolling" effects, including vertical and horizontal scrolling in both directions, replacing the luminous effect in the previous Android version.
In addition to personalization, Android 12 also optimizes the underlying performance occupancy, making the entire system lighter and more sensitive. In addition, Android 12 continues the previous Android version's efforts on system privacy. The new Privacy Dashboard will display sensitive actions such as the calling location, microphone, camera, and clipboard of applications in the form of a timeline.
▲ Privacy Dashboard for Android 12. Image from: Google
For ordinary consumers, the biggest change we can perceive in Android 12 is the "personalization" freedom brought by the new design language Material You, not the same UI vision.
For this, Google Design VP Matias Duarte said, "Instead of defining what kind of blue is Material-style blue, this time we want to let users become co-designers of user interfaces." Indeed, the only one who understands the aesthetic needs of users best they themselves.
Android 12 Beta 1 on Pixel "My Son"
As an example, as soon as the Google I/O conference ended, Google started the push of Android 12 Beta 1. Compared with the early Developer Previews (Developer Previews), this Beta version is actually closer to some of the new features mentioned at the conference, and it is more like a new system.
Personalization is available, but there is no "dynamic palette"
In Android 12 Beta 1 based on Pixel 4a 5G, the "dynamic palette" function that changes the color scheme based on the wallpaper is not yet available.
But in the "style and wallpaper", you can customize the four system-level "theme" schemes of "font", "icon", "color", and "shape". After setting, the buttons of the drop-down menu, the accent color of the system, and the main color of the keyboard will follow your customized theme scheme.
The drop-down menu has changed, but the widget remains the same
The buttons in the quick setting area of the drop-down menu have become larger, and the overall shape is a rounded rectangle, which can present more information at a glance, and the larger buttons can also be easily positioned and touched. It's just that there are only four options to view by default, which is reduced compared to Android 11. This design is a trade-off.
The shape of the desktop widgets still maintains the shape of Android 11, but Android 12 Beta 1 restructures the widget menus, with better organized hierarchical relationships and more convenient selection.
The new lock screen clock is more agile
When there is no notification by default, the lock screen clock of Android 12 Beta 1 is designed in the center of the screen, with a larger font, which is more eye-catching.
After a series of notifications, the protagonist of the screen becomes a "notification", and the clock is "squeezed" to the upper left corner of the screen. When these notifications are eliminated, the clock will "expand" to the center of the screen and become the protagonist.
New information aggregation notification
Below the drop-down menu, the notification card becomes more concise, and related notifications will be "sticky" together instead of simply being listed. In terms of information aggregation, notification cards are divided into two types, one is ordinary notification, and the other is "silence". From the perspective of the domestic App ecosystem, it is a little bit chaotic.
New “transitional scrolling'' animation
In the settings menu, when you slide to the border, the entire menu list will "non-linearly stretch", indicating that the border has been reached, which is more intuitive than the previous lighting effects. However, the "transitional scrolling" special effects are only system-level, and have not been extended to the App. For example, when Chrome browses the web and slides to the border, the "lighting effects" are used.
The rest of the features may still have to wait for the next or next Android 12 Beta version
On the whole, during the brief experience of Android 12 Beta 1 of Pixel 4a 5G, almost no system-level bugs were encountered, the App also had no flashback records, and the controls and hands responded smoothly. If you don't compare the new features of the Google I/O conference, the completion of Beta 1 is still quite high.
Under this premise, Beta 1 does not fully fulfill all the new features of Android 12, and the "dynamic palette" does not appear in appearance. The privacy microphone, camera call reminder, and quick setting switching interface also failed to go online. Long press the power to activate the Google Assistant function and it does not appear, there are still options such as shutdown and restart (this item will be online in the Beta 2 version).
Regarding privacy, Beta 1 continues the Android 11 settings page, and the new Privacy Dashboard will not appear in the system until the Beta 2 version.
Fanwai: Android 12 Beta 1 for domestic mobile phones
Originally this Android 12 Beta 1 experience was intended to be based on Xiaomi phones. After all, after the release of Beta 1 of the major version of Android every year, many domestic manufacturers will follow up and adapt to the Beta version as soon as possible.
This year is no exception. A series of manufacturers such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, OPPO, vivo, Realme, etc. have all stated that their flagship phones (all Snapdragon 888) can be used for early adopters of Android 12 Beta 1.
The only difference from Pixel is that the Android 12 Beta 1 provided by domestic manufacturers is actually closer to the AOSP version of the system, that is, there is only the bottom layer and no surface layer. In other words, the Android 12 Beta 1 on the Pixel, you can experience part of the Material You The change in design style is almost absent on AOSP.
▲ Xiaomi's Android 12 Beta 1 “Rough Room''.
AOSP is actually more like a "rough" of Android 12, for manufacturers to "decorate" freely on it. After all, domestic mobile phones use their own customized system more, and Android 12 is the same.
Therefore, for some friends who like early adopters, if there is no Pixel, it is not recommended to flash the AOSP version of Android 12. After all, it does not have Material You. It is also recommended that friends who have Pixel in their hands and do not make the main machine try Android 12.
In summary, the appearance of Android 12 Beta 1 is changed with a little Material You design style, and the more in-depth "dynamic palette" and "Privacy Dashboard" features and functions of these parts may also be required. Wait until Beta 2 or Beta 3 version. The main machine and non-Pixel users are not recommended for the time being.
Google is not in a hurry to push out all the functions on Android 12 Beta 1. It is more like taking "stability" as the premise and slowly adding functions to the Beta version. According to Google's original plan, Android 12 will have 4 Beta versions. It is believed that the new features of Android 12 mentioned at the Google I/O Conference will be added to the Beta version one by one, and finally integrated into the official version of Android 12.
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