Now available for Beta Testing, Android’s latest software version, titled “Material You”, “Material You,” is apparently “the biggest design change in Android’s history,” according to Sameer Samat, VP of product management, Android and Google Play. As far as better design is concerned, here’s all you need to know about the latest update from Android.
Complete with design elements that are big, bubbly, and much more liberal in their use of animation, the entire system is more legible and perhaps more accessible. As it stands, brightness and volume sliders are easier to adjust now, and when you unlock or plug in your phone, waves of shadow and light play across the screen. Apps expand out clearly from their icon’s position, and drawers and other elements slide in and out with fade effects.
As far as the lock screen is concerned, in the new update, the clock is huge and centered if you have no notifications and slightly smaller but still more prominent if you do. It also picks up an accent color based on the theming system. Furthermore, when you change your wallpaper, you’ll have the option to automatically change your system colors as well. Now, holding down the power button now just brings up Google Assistant.
Coming to privacy, three key sensors will include location, camera, and microphone. The camera and mic will now flip on a little green dot in the upper-right of the screen, indicating that they’re on, just like they do in iOS. There are also now two optional toggles in Quick Settings for turning them off entirely at a system level.
With plenty of changes to be made to this Beta version, a final, similar end result will be made available mostly by September this year.