Google designed the best Android, all for “you”

At the Google I/O conference in the past, Google announced a lot of new features about Android 12, the most eye-catching of which is the new Material You design language.

Domestic manufacturers such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, and realme also announced the first Android 12 beta at the first time. In order to experience the charm of Material You in advance, after the conference, we will immediately update the latest version of the Xiaomi mobile phone. Installation package.

However, after anxiously waiting for the reading of the flashing machine to finish running, we were surprised. Looking at the retro, quasi-materialized AOSP "Rough Room" interface, everyone said in unison: "Isn't this Android 4.4?"

Interestingly, this also means that everyone has reached a consensus on "Android 5.0 was ugly before", because the Material Design design language updated with Android 5.0 is like a turning point for Android from an ugly duckling to a white swan.

Google once used "Android to experience the biggest change" to describe the design upgrade of Material Design, and now Google also uses it to describe the design changes brought by Material You, which means that Android is likely to once again come to a historical node of innovation.

Material You-just for "you"

"Android 12 is the biggest design change in Android history."

Sameer Samat, the vice president of product for Android & Google Play, proudly announced this fact to fans when introducing Android 12. He mentioned that "personalization" has always been a basic feature of Android, and on Android 12, personalized design It has been shown beyond previous generations.

In order to emphasize the characteristics of "personalized" design and reflect the user's expression and control of personal devices, they chose "You" as the suffix of the new design language, and even the abbreviation "MY" conveys Google's personalized design It’s not difficult to see that Google is really "struggling" this time.

If you are tired of minor changes from Android 8.0 to Android 11, then Android 12 will definitely make your eyes shine.

At the first glance of the new UI design, I believe your eyes will be awakened by various "bold" color applications. The space of the desktop, the color blocks of the icons, the accent color of the notification bar and the lock screen. Bright colors are widely used in Android 12, and the colors of different places are unified and connected. Google vividly describes them as "Dynamic palette".

The core of the color selection of the "palette" is the wallpaper that has been given the personality of the owner. The system will extract several different theme colors according to the system, and generate a series of shades of different shades according to the time, combining both high contrast and Bright color combination.

While pursuing individuality, comfort is also another important criterion to consider when picking colors. Appropriate color contrast ensures that users can use it without obstacles, thus allowing the color system to be applied to the entire interface.

The new personalized color design is not only for good-looking, but also makes the content more readable and intuitive. Google has completely redesigned important spaces such as the notification bar and quick settings. Compared with the layering of notifications that relied on the shadow of the material in the past, Google now cleverly uses the color depth and shape to show it, and the visual effect is clearer.

The quick setting changes are very obvious. The small icons in the past have become large color switches arranged in parallel. The brightness adjustment bar has also changed from a "thin line" to a "thick line" that matches the finger. The high-frequency adjustment operation has changed. It is more intuitive and easy to use, and enhances the user’s sense of control over the device in terms of details.

Material You also has some designs for fonts, adding Google Sans fonts that can adjust the weight and shape of the font. In some scenes, interesting visual effects can be formed with the help of font changes. Google demonstrated that when the alarm clock rings, the text on the screen will follow the alarm. The bell beating like breathing, it looks very agile.

Natural agility is also one of the key words that Material You pays attention to. Android 12 has added a lot of animation designs that are close to natural habits.

For example, the ripples of electric waves that appear when charging, the progressively bright screen as if the eyes are opened when the screen is turned on, and the screen shrinks to the finger that clicks the switch key when the screen is turned off. It is not difficult to see that Google wants to use elaborate animations to strengthen people. Communication with equipment.

And with the increase of various devices in people’s lives, the app’s multi-scene applicability has also received more attention. In Google’s display, an app should be adapted to various sizes such as watches, mobile phone controls, and tablet devices. And type screen scene.

Google said that more news about Material You will be announced this summer, and the design components and guidance will be launched this fall. With the improvement of the new design language, Android is transitioning from "repressive personality" to "liberate 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 followed the modernist concept to build functions and designs, and the view satisfies everyone through a unified solution.

But in fact, beauty and practicality vary from person to person. In addition to satisfying universality, aesthetics and practicability, an excellent design should also focus on the individual's personality.

Therefore, Material You hopes to take into account the preferences of different users 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 personalized feel and be able to be endowed with personal characteristics of users. This is also the foothold that Material You has found for the new "diversified design" after experiencing the wave of flat design: 1. A new personalization and anthropomorphic design style.

Continuously evolving Material Design

If you want to choose the biggest turning point of iOS, then iOS 7 will definitely be elected. It marks the transition of iOS from a quasi-materialized visual style to a flat style. The change in design language also makes the iPhone have a greater UI and UX. The innovation has become more friendly and open, and the operation efficiency has also been improved.

If the same turning point corresponds to the Android camp, there is no doubt that the introduction of Material Design's Android 5.0.

Material Design has important guiding significance for Android. Google wants to establish a bold, beautiful and unified visual language for the severely fragmented Android ecosystem at the time, so that the originally complex and bloated Android will be more organized and the most intuitive in design. The change is to become more fresh and concise.

Coming to 2018, Material Design has undergone a milestone upgrade-Material Theming, and it is from this that Android has gradually formed what we are familiar with.

Material Theming, which supports custom colors, types and shapes, brings a more unified and flexible design system to Material.

Material Theming is applied to all aspects of Google, including Google search, Gmail, Google Map and other products, you can see the design traces of Material Theming. Material Design is no longer a mere design specification, but expanded to inspire Design the system.

Google claims that the paradigm design of Material Theming is based on concepts similar to science fiction, including high-tech futurism, utopia mixed with modernist design, etc. The emphasis on the unity of grid, hierarchy and design has become the logo and symbol of Material Design.

At the same time, Google is also worried that excessive emphasis on paradigm will suppress the display of users' personalization, which also prompted the birth of Material You.

The Verge mentioned when testing Android 12 that the endless visual innovations on 12 make the system feel more coherent and unified. It is an ambitious visual attempt. Android 12 may still have many functions to make up for, but its vitality and adaptable design are enough to leave a deep impression.

Can Material Design promote the unification of Android again?

The native system is a relatively unfamiliar existence to us who are accustomed to the customized system of domestic manufacturers. Will the new Material You design language upgrade accompanied by major manufacturers update Android 12 let us experience it?

In the era of Android 5.0 and iOS 7, the aesthetics and interaction of smart phone systems are still in the exploration stage. The design styles and design specifications of Apple and Google have strong guiding significance for other manufacturers. Exclusive design language, following the "industry best solution" seems to be more secure.

However, after the precipitation of time, the UI aesthetics was picked up by various manufacturers, and the beautiful and unique design language became the common goal pursued by all major manufacturers for a time.

▲ MIUI 12

In the past year, almost all major manufacturers have come up with satisfying UI designs: Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 makes it easy to use and good-looking, OPPO’s ColorOS 6 reintegrates into thinking about beauty and high-end, full of vitality Origin OS has changed the stereotype of vivo in the past, and each company seems to have established a recognizable design language from scratch.

▲ Origin OS

Years of design accumulation and exploration have given mainstream customization systems an exclusive design concept. Xiaomi pays attention to technology and a sense of life, OPPO pays attention to borderless creativity, and vivo pays attention to the origin of design… The concept of "MY" is inferior.

Nowadays, Android fragmentation is no longer the top issue that Google needs to worry about. With the active participation of various manufacturers in the system, Google's lack of voice in Android design is becoming more and more obvious.

Will Material You's personalized design language be integrated into major customized UI and OS?

This may be a question that needs time to verify. Excellent design should not be forgotten. I also look forward to the dynamic theme color changes and other new features of Android 12 becoming the new "material" of the customized system, which is integrated into MIUI's "Super Wallpaper” and other functions.

Material You belongs to Google’s understanding of personalization. It is a "moderate personality" based on rigorous rules. In the aesthetic competition between Android and iOS for many years, perhaps Android is now slightly ahead.

Higher, higher.

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