Recently, a few images of the upcoming Android 12 mobile operating system from Google were leaked online through documents shared by the tech giant with OEM partners. It showcased a few changes in terms of design, which appeared to be related to a new system-level theming engine for the OS.
However, the latest report coming from XDA-Developers hints that Google may be working on a new design for the Android operating system. As per the report, the company has marked the new notification UI changes as the start of the “road to Material NEXT” UI.
For those who are unaware, “Material” is a design library from Google which has improved a lot since its initial launch. Most of the Google applications are using Material design. However, it is not yet known what changes does the “Material NEXT” design includes but it seems to be significant changes if the leaked images are anything to go by.
Apart from the design-related changes, Google is also planning to introduce several new features to the Android 12 operating system, including new layouts and features for the Always-On Display and Lock Screen.
From the leaks so far, it appears that the company is primarily focusing on notifications user interface and changes to the Quick Settings panel. There also seems to be a “letterbox” feature which is a new way to put apps into a frame/window.
It is also expected to come with several other features, including Smarter Autorotation, a Gaming Mode, a Reduce Bright Colors feature, a “stashing” feature to the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode, and a new one-hand mode.