Samsung adopts colors based on Android 12 wallpaper


With the release of Android 12 delayed for Pixel phones, all eyes are on who will take the first step towards a stable update. Today, Samsung has moved closer to this goal with the release of its second beta version of Android 12 which, unexpectedly, adopts the “Dynamic Color” feature of Material You.

The almost 1GB Android 12 Beta 2 version for the Galaxy S21 series makes some notable changes to One UI 4.0. Samsung’s changelog calls for a new mic mode during video calls, a fix for an issue with Secure Folder, improved Samsung keyboard accuracy, and a few other minor changes.

The biggest change, however, is the arrival of support for “Dynamic Color”. This feature of Android 12 is widely used in Material You on Google’s Pixel phones, but we haven’t seen it on any third-party versions of Android 12 yet, including those from OnePlus and Oppo which just released. public beta yesterday.

Similar to Pixel phones running Android 12, One UI 4.0 can now grab color schemes based on your current wallpaper and apply that accent color to various parts of the operating system. This includes the lock screen, quick settings, and settings menu, among others. The effect isn’t as obvious as on Pixels, but it’s still nice to see.

Samsung is also adopting the theme tool from Google which generates a small palette of colors from the wallpaper and offers users a few variations. By default, however, the tool still uses the typical blue color scheme.

To access the new color theme tool on a Samsung Galaxy S21 running this second beta of Android 12, you will need to go to the “Wallpaper” tool. From there, “Color Theme” will appear in the list of options and you can choose to apply it or leave the colors on the default blue theme. Notably, apps that support Dynamic Color don’t seem to work with it yet, at least in our limited testing.

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