Apps in Android 12 change to match the wallpaper color on the screen: how it looks in practice

The biggest change in the upcoming Android 12 is the change in design direction from Material Design 2 to Material You. The new trend brings customization, system theme, and rounding that adapt to the wallpaper’s color. Although the system’s release version has not yet been released, the first programs with Material You support are already appearing. Most of these applications are developed by Google – work has been done on the most used.

Visually: what the adaptation for different colors looks like

Responsive design is available in several Google apps. These include Contacts, Files File Manager, Google Camera, Chrome Canary Browser, and GBoard Keyboard.


The contacts app can be considered one of the most successful implementations of Material You. Responsive colors are everywhere – near the search bar, sidebar, input fields, add and save buttons. Even a light background changes its hue. Smooth edges and unusual shapes like a rounded square are also striking.

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Responsive colors refresh the keyboard and do not look pretentious because only individual buttons are colored. The background here is the same as the other colored elements but lighter. The send and symbol panel open keys are inspired by the new design and therefore have rounded edges.

Chrome canary

Material You is used in few places in the browser – only in the tab bar (a bright color for the active tab and a pale shade for everyone else) and when highlighting the address. Since this feature has just appeared, and even in the test version of Chrome, we can assume that the responsive theme will be extended to other interface elements in the future.

Google camera

As in Google Contacts, here Material You is fully implemented. The shooting mode switches, quick menu items, and zoom buttons are painted in colors that adapt to the main theme. All this is “seasoned” with branded curves—quite a worthy implementation of a new design trend.

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