Google Could Soon Mandate Monet-like Dynamic Theming on Devices Running Android 12

BY Chandraveer Mathur

Published 9 Feb 2022

Android 12 saw Google’s first attempt at dynamic theming across the user interface with the “Monet” theming engine. The feature was also spotted being tested for the Google Image Search results. A report claims that the company is set to make dynamic theming mandatory for all smartphones and tablets running Android 12.

Android Police reports that a reliable source has anonymously confirmed that dynamic theming will soon be mandated on all devices running Android 12, at least if they wish to continue offering Google’s suite of apps. Dynamic theming engines like Monet pick dominant colors in on-screen elements such as device wallpapers and Image Search results and apply them to various aspects in the user interface, such as buttons, sliders, toggles, etc.

Internal documentation at Google reportedly suggests that starting March 14, new software builds based on Android 12 would have to implement a dynamic theming engine. Specifically, the apps submitted for Google Mobile Services (GMS) approval must meet specific requirements with their dynamic theming engine implementations.

The engine should generate five color palettes based on a single source color, three for accents, and two neutral palettes. This requirement is similar to the principles Google’s own apps follow for Material You theming. Developers will be free to implement Monet directly or even develop their own dynamic theming engine.

What do you think of GMS’ new dynamic theming requirement? Would it help the Android user interface appear more cohesive across apps? Tell us in the comments.

[Via Android Police]