Android 12 will introduce a new design language called Material You. Google unveiled the new design paradigm a few months ago at I/O, and although Android 12 is not publicly available yet, parts of Material You have begun spilling over to apps that aren’t exclusive to Google Pixel phones. As a result, select Samsung customers can now get a taste of Material You without having to wait for any major firmware updates.
Google is bringing the Material You design language to Gboard beta. If you are using this app on your Galaxy S21 Ultra — and possibly other Galaxy devices — you should be noticing a slightly revamped Theme screen with more rounded corners and redesigned text, as seen in the screenshot below — via Android Police.
Material You won’t be entirely hidden by One UI
Android 12 will come with a new version of One UI, and you can be certain that Samsung will continue following its own design language. Nevertheless, Galaxy smartphone and tablet users will inevitably get to experience Google’s new Material You as long as they use the company’s apps.
Samsung Keyboard is fantastic, and the majority of Galaxy fans are and will continue using this solution instead of Gboard. But anyone who relies on Google’s apps more extensively is likely to experience Material You in small quantities even if their Galaxy smartphones don’t run the latest version of Android or One UI.
Are you a Samsung Keyboard fan or a Gboard user? And assuming that you’re using Gboard beta, have you noticed these Material You changes on your Galaxy smartphone yet?