Google adopted the Material Design language in 2014, completely changing the way we see and interact with certain elements of Android’s user interface. Material Design design guidelines have evolved over the past few years.
But today, at the Google I / O 2021 conference, Google unveiled “Material You,” a new, colorful, and personalized design language. According to the presentation, the “You” part of Material You refers to the fact that users will have more ways to customize the appearance of apps.
To get started, let’s first talk about the inspiration behind the new Material You design language. According to a blog post, he “seeks to create designs that are personal for every style, accessible for every need, lively and adaptable for every screen.” Google uses a personal signal, namely your wallpaper, to redefine the user interface palette in real-time. This means that you will be able to customize the look of your Android smartphone to suit your mood.
Additionally, the Material You design language will accommodate different screen types and sizes. This means it won’t just be available through Android on your smartphone, but also on your Wear OS smartwatch, smart speaker, and more. Google also plans to use the colorful new UI elements on the web.
Material You also touch on animations, aiming to provide more natural and intuitive interactions with products. For example, Google featured a subtle effect where the screen lights up from the power button when pressed, or from the bottom up when sliding the lock screen.
Available on Android 12
“Material You will transform the design of Android, Google, and the entire tech industry,” Google says in its article. You can check out the new design changes in the YouTube video below.
Now to answer the bigger question – when can you use and experience the Material You design? Well, Google has confirmed that Google Pixel devices will be the first to get Material You later this fall, with the Android 12 update.
You can try it out by installing the first beta of Android 12 on your Pixel device right now.