An information leak reveals the user interface that is being prepared for Android 12

A leaked document online, which was intended to show the latest changes in the new version of Android to partners, allowed a developer from the XDA developer community, Mishaal Rahman, to see screenshots that show what appears to be the new user interface and some supposed functional changes to the operating system.

If Google follows the same OS release process from last year, the first Android 12 Developer Preview is expected to launch this month. Before that, an online leak, during Google's briefings with OEM partners, shows Android 12 design mockups with a radical visual overhaul of the system.

The screenshots, included in a report published Monday by XDA Developers, show a sand color taken from the wallpaper of hills and dunes of a similar hue.

This sand color is used to color everything from the search bar to the widgets. This color scheme appears to be a big change from Android 11's all-white color scheme, but the choice of themes on phones will likely be entirely up to the user once Android 12 is released.

A recent report by 9to5Google claimed that Google would launch an in-depth theme system in Android 12 that would allow the system and third-party apps to change color based on user preferences.

We can read in the report published at the end of January the following:

“It is interesting to note that the colors of your Android 12 theme should also be able to be chosen automatically according to your current wallpaper. When you change the wallpaper, Android should be able to seamlessly switch to new colors similar to your wallpaper color scheme.

The colors of the user interface match the wallpaper very well, a beige wallpaper generates a notification panel, icons, settings, widgets and much more that draw its color in beige, iEven the camera app is colored with the same theme. Android has had unused code for a theme engine for a long time, automatic user interface color selection launched in Android 5 with the palette API, when Google started considering using it for a music app, It seems that these options should now be used in Android 12.

A quick compared to the UI on Android 11, mention on XDA that they noticed the black status bar at the top of the screen has disappeared, replaced by a single sheet that serves as the notification background. The time and date have changed places with the date now at the top. Quick settings are no longer in a box and have been reduced to four instead of six. The shapes of Quick Settings items could be configured in the past, but now there seems to be a mix of shapes, with the settings disabled with a square background and the settings enabled with a circle.

The layout of the rest of the notification panel is not very different, apart from the rounded corners. One of the special features of this mockup is that the rounded corners are visible. This layout was briefly used during the Android 10 Developer Preview release, but was never released.

It is very strange that mockups display the chat widget in different ways, however, it seems that Google wants to focus on widgets in Android 12. The first Android 11 developer preview was released last year on February 19, 2020 so we'll probably see working versions of Android 12 in a week or a little later.

Given the early nature of this Android 12 design leak, everything seen here is subject to change during the release period of Developer Preview builds. These mockups could be intended to make phone makers understand that there is a radical overhaul in Android 12.


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