Google adopted the Material Design language in 2014, completely changing the way we view and interact with certain elements of the Android user interface. The Material Design language has evolved in recent years. But today, at the Google I / O 2021 conference, Google released “Material You”, a new colorful and custom design language for your hardware devices.
Starting off, let’s first talk about the inspiration behind the new Material You design language. According to a official blog post, that “It seeks to create designs that are personal for each style, accessible for each need, lively and adaptable to each screen.” Google is using a personal cue, that is, your wallpaper, to redefine the palette of the real-time user interface. That means you can customize the appearance of your Android phone according to your mood.
In addition, Material You’s design language will adapt to different screen sizes and types. That means it will not only be available via Android on your smartphone, but also on your Wear OS smartwatch, smart speaker, and more. Google also plans to use the new colorful UI elements on the web.
Well, “Material You will transform design for Android, Google and the entire technology industry.” says Google in an official blog post. You can see the new design changes in the YouTube video below.
Now to answer the most important question: when will you be able to 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 give it a try by installing the first beta version of Android 12 on your Pixel device right away.