Google just pulled the wraps off some ravishing design changes in Android 12. The latest Android 12 beta brings a suite of visual changes, enabling users to personalize the interface on their devices with features such as Material You. In addition to the new UI, the latest version brings a much-awaited change to widgets in Android and the official announcement confirms repeated leaks and speculations we saw in the recent past. The new widgets in Android look more appealing and are more useful.
Google has reworked the Widgets API to enhance user experience across different platforms, Android skins, and launchers. We see a consistent spread of the Google Sans font, flat icons, and cohesive color palettes, all of which together give widgets a more modern look.
Widgets in Android 12 get new dynamic controls allowing you to interact with checkboxes, radio buttons, and switches without entering an app. The widget picker will now also offer responsive previews for widgets of different sizes and gets support for picking them with the help of Google Assistant to minimize the steps required to be taken by the users.
To align with the visual changes in Android 12, Google expects developers to implement widgets with rounded corners with padding. The new API also adds support dynamic coloring as part of the Material You theming engine, allowing widgets to adapt to the wallpaper, like other visual elements.
Widgets have existed in Android since as early as Android 1.5 but the functionality and implementation remained fairly unchanged since Android Ice Cream Sandwich days. So naturally, when the first Android 12 leaks indicated improvements to widgets, we were nothing less than excited.
Our expectations of Google taking lessons from Apple on how to improve widgets appear to have fared well. Considering this is just the first Android 12 beta, we hope to see more refinement in the coming beta builds before the final release.
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