Material You’s monet theme engine is the big highlight of Android 12, and here’s how it works

By far the biggest change in Android 12 is Material You, the latest version of Google’s Material design language. Material You, as Google describes, “seeks to create designs that are personal for every style, accessible for every need, alive and adaptive for every screen.” When developing Android 12, Google created a new theme engine code-named “monet” that generates a rich palette of pastel colors derived from the user’s wallpaper. These colors are then applied to various parts of the system and their values are made available through an API that the user’s applications can call, thus letting apps decide whether they also want to recolor their UI. Google has been going all-in on Material You, and the company has updated most of its apps to incorporate dynamic colors.
For a crash course on the history of Material Design, it first launched with Android 5 Lollipop, with an inherent focus on the user experience. As Google puts it, “Material is an adaptable system of guidelines, compone…

Written By: Adam Conway

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