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The first Android 13 developer previews won’t happen until at least March, but that’s not stopping Android 13 leaks from popping up already. Of course, more features will emerge in the coming months, but Android 13 is already shaping up to be a solid release.

more material you color choice

Android 12’s headline feature was “Material U”, a top-to-bottom redesign and dynamic theme system that automatically changes UI colors based on your wallpaper. Set a primarily yellow background and content. You will apply different yellow colors to your app’s background, notifications, buttons, icons, etc. I think it looks great, but it may not be for everyone.


Android 13 seems to be expanding on the color system and giving users more options. Android Police’s Ryne Hager there are screenshots A pre-release build that shows four different theming algorithms to choose from. There’s “Tonal Spot,” which appears to be the current Android 12 color system right now, and then there’s three new color systems called “Vibrant,” “Expressive” and “Spritz.”

Color Swatch Widget New Material Showing you color options.

Example screenshots are provided in the report, but none of the color options appear to differ dramatically from each other. I won’t read too much into the exact color results presented here. In Android 12, Material U’s color system was constantly changed over the course of release, and these color results for the pre-alpha version of Android 13 may not have been finished.

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A side effect of Android 12’s color system is that nearly every wallpaper produces a pastel accent, and it’s usually impossible to get a strong accent color out of most wallpapers. On paper, the color option named “Vibrant” appears like it would be designed to offer an alternative to all pastels, but the example images differ only slightly from the default colors. I wouldn’t call the “Vibrant” option “Vibrant” at all, and I think it’s because the new color system isn’t out yet. of google promotional pictures The Pixel 6 showcases bold, deep hues of purple, orange, red and brown, which are virtually impossible to find on Android 12. The “Vibrant” color option looks like it would be a good fit for shades like these.

Google's Pixel 6 promotional images.  These colors are pure Photoshop.  Here bold purple, grey, orange and red colors are not possible on Android 12.

Right now, the “Spritz” option pulls out a color sheet of all gray tones. Some people have asked for the Material U color system to be turned off, and this option looks like it’s going in that direction. If completely “off” is out of the question, users who don’t want all this color stuff in their phone OS will definitely prefer a muted, less disruptive selection of colors. As of Material U’s “Version 2” update, it all makes sense to me: One option really leans into the color feature, and the other option lets people turn it off.

Opt-in App Notifications

Android has long had a permission system, which pops up an “Allow” or “Deny” dialog whenever an app asks for something sensitive. Before the permission system, every app had access to every permission. It was free for all. Android notifications now work like this. Every app gets access to the notification panel, and while you can ban an app after bothering with notifications, notification access is on-by-default.

According to XDA Developers Amir Siddiqui and others Android Police Reportedly, this is apparently changing in Android 13. Apps will now be required to pop-up a permission box for notifications, and users will get to actively allow or deny the ability for an app to annoy them. Like all permission options, it’s been around on iOS for a while, but that doesn’t make it anything less than a good idea. This will be a big improvement for Android users. The vast, vast majority of apps don’t require notification access, but since it’s an easy way to boost app engagement, it’s tempting to abuse it.

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