Google imposes Material You to unify the interface of Android devices

The Material You feature, which was exclusive to Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, may soon become mandatory for all devices running Android 12. According to Androidpolice, Google may require all skins and versions of Android 12 to include support for dynamic themes – on their own developed solution or Google Monet platform – if manufacturers wish to qualify for Google Mobile Services (GMS) certification.

Google imposes Material You to unify the interface of Android devices

OEMs that do not meet this requirement may not be eligible to use GMS, a core component required to run several Google applications. In other words, they will be like Huawei and lose access to Google services.

Google’s Monet Engine supports Android 12’s dynamic color theme system; offering 5 tones to apply on UI and supported applications. At this time, it’s unclear whether the search giant will need support for all Android 12 tones on offer, or whether OEMs and users themselves will be able to choose their own primary colors.

It should be noted that some equipment manufacturers have already implemented their solutions. Thus, Samsung’s One UI 4 already includes a dynamic theme engine; and Xiaomi’s MIUI 13 also brings this innovation. Google is known to have given smartphone makers a month to implement Material You dynamic themes – until March 14. All devices released after this date with Android 12 should offer the Dynamic Themes feature. This can lead to a unified user interface for all Android smartphones, which is a good thing for users.

Problematic Google Pixel smartphones got rid of a number of different bugs

All Google Pixel smartphones starting with the Pixel 3a are getting the February Android 12 security update for February. Along with fixing bugs, Google mentions improved Bluetooth support, sound playback improvements, and the latest security patches.

He also mentions a fix for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro users experiencing reboots; caused by “using the camera under certain conditions”. Additionally, those using the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 should see signal quality improvements across all carriers. Finally, all smartphones will receive a fix for “an issue that causes the keyboard to appear on text input in certain scenarios.”

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro owners haven’t had a great update situation lately. After the December update failed, some Pixel users left with the November update had to wait until mid-January. At the same time, those who managed to get the December update had problems receiving the signal.