If Google follows last year’s precedent, the first Android 12 Developer Preview should be out this month. Ahead is the Android 12 design layout leak, showcasing a radical visual overhaul of Google’s operating system.
We reported last month that Google is working on an in-depth theming system for Android 12. These design concepts (from RKBDI), which reportedly leaked (via XDA) from Google briefings with OEM partners, show a sandy colour that is clearly adjusted to the wallpaper’s hue with hills and dunes.
We can see that the sand accent is used to colour everything from the search bar to widgets. By the way, the first layout below shows several Conversation widgets for Recent messages, missed calls or activity statuses. Measuring 2 × 1, they have a profile picture of the sender and a preview of the message. The examples below are humorously styled with characters from friends and filled in from Facebook Messenger. Presumably, developers will have to maintain the changes at the system level. Overall, these widgets show how Google plans to push Android 11 this year and take the people-centric operating system even further.
Other highlights show that themes have expanded to app icons. Today we see that in three places – phone, clock and camera – the backgrounds match the wallpaper.
The third image shows a black bar at the top (above the search box), a new UI element to better guide users on how to exit views by dragging and dropping down. We can also see that the widget screen is no longer just a series of carousels, but instead uses dropdowns.
Then we look at the blurred background notification sheet, where everything is – again – themed in the sand. Notification cards are very rounded with increased curvature of the corners and app icons with improved image previews. Users hope they can still extend alerts. Meanwhile, the quick setting buttons at the top are huge.
On the privacy front, Google will alert users when a microphone or camera is active. A green pill will appear in the upper right corner of the status, which turns into a dot. When you click on the notification sheet, additional information appears with links to settings. A new unified privacy settings page will allow users to “Mute camera”, “Mute microphone” and enable/disable high-level positioning. The last control is currently a separate preference page.
Given the early nature of this Android 12 design leak, everything shown here is subject to change during the preview period. These mockups are meant to show smartphone manufacturers what the main features of Android 12 are.