Android 12’s biggest feature might not be on many phones at launch

Apparently, the biggest feature of Android 12 is Material You, a way to personalize the user interface of your smartphone by choosing colors, icon shapes, and more. Sounds like most devices won’t have this feature when they upgrade to Android 12 anyway.

At the colors, 12 fora, a version of Android 12 used for Oppo phones and adapted by Oppo from the original Google software, one team discussed that Material You is not part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

Oppo followed this up with a comment to TechRadar, “Material is not available for AOSP for Android 12, so it is not available for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). We will have to wait until Google confirms that it plans to release it when with a code. “

The Android Open Source project is the last place where Google inserts code for Android versions, so other companies like Oppo, OnePlus and Xiaomi can build their ‘forks’ on it. On October 4, Google uploaded what we believe is the full Android 12 code to AOSP, but only now when we hear that this was not a complete code.

ColorOS 12 is released at the end of the year for the Oppo Find X3 Pro, and in 2022 for some brand new phones. In the article, the company considered a new version of ColorOS 12 with Material You could come in early 2022.

In a blog post from Google Developers dated October 4, the company lists new features that come with Android 12, but the language used in the Material You section does not guarantee that the code is embedded in AOSP, rather than the alpha version provided instead.

The post said “watch Jetpack Compose support coming soon”. Jetpack Compose is Google’s tool for designing a user interface, so all of this suggests that the stuff you support is yet to come.

Google itself declined to comment on this news item. We have received additional comments from OnePlus, however, as its OxygenOS was made the same team as Oppo’s ColorOS (due to the recent merger between the companies).

A spokesman for OnePlus said, “OnePlus tests and customizes software information on OxygenOS to best suit the needs of OnePlus users. In the meantime, we are still testing Material You and will continue to listen to our users’ feedback.”

This shows Material You won’t be in OxygenOS 12, currently in beta OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro.

Analysis: so when can you appear visually?

The fact that Material You is not included in the Android Open Source Project means that, when phone models begin to release their Android 12 fork models to the appropriate Smartphones, interface-interface design features will not be available immediately.

We’ve talked to various phone companies about your plans, and we’ll update this news story with comments when we hear more.

Some phone models are expected to unveil the Android 12 upgrade by the end of the year, but many have not yet mapped out, which means it could be the year 2022 before Google’s brand new app will be rolled out to other eligible phones.

However, it will take the editors a while to sync Material You so it is worth getting a certain Android update, and it works well with existing applications on the phone. Given that the tool Brings a whole new system overhaul of apps and menus, this will take some time.

Oppo is one of the first companies to unveil its Android 12 lineup, and if or not anticipate Material You before 2022, it is likely that other products will be able to offer the feature later that year.

This will not be the case with calls from brands such as Pixel, Nokia and Motorola, which offer Android ‘stock’, without any tweaks or changes. These products may launch Android 12 as they do in AOSP, so you won’t have to spend time making it to You Material.

Obviously, this doesn’t help now, because the feature is not in AOSP, but once added these products can bring it to their phones instantly.

If you need Material You on the phone as soon as possible, it is likely that Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will start working with Android 12.

But why wouldn’t Google include Material You in the AOSP, thereby locking other phone brands out of this top feature? The cynic inside us says “so Pixel phones have an extra big feature to showcase” but the reality is probably less dire – the fact that the feature is still in alpha via the Google Developer website, suggests it’s not fully ready yet.

Indeed, when we tested the Android 12 beta on a Pixel 4a 5G, the feature seemed promising but lacked a diverse range of customization options. Perhaps Google is increasing its effectiveness.

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