Android 12’s lovely wallpaper-based themes will crash your games if you use automated wallpapers

Android 12 has a ton of visual changes, the biggest of which is Material You. Material You’s dynamic colors feature makes use of monet, a new theme engine introduced in Android 12 — and currently exclusive to Pixel phones — to extract colors from your wallpaper and generate a rich palette of pastel colors. Apps can then apply these colors to their UIs in various ways, which is what apps that incorporate Material You typically do. However, it turns out that the introduction of Material You may have had an unintended side effect when it comes to games.
On the Google Issue Tracker, a bug report has been opened stating that when playing Wild Rift or Pokémon Go, a changing wallpaper in the background will cause the game to crash. While users don’t typically close their game just to change their wallpaper, those who use automated wallpaper changers will definitely be affected. From my own testing, most apps seem to handle the change fine, but games struggle. I tested Genshin Impact, Call …

Written By: Adam Conway

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