Personalization on Android devices is an important part of the appeal of these products, although the ability to change the wallpaper and fonts of smartphones or tablets is not the only customizable options. Choosing a theme is also a way for users to customize their devices.
However, the ability for people to modify the appearance of their device’s screens brought with it a new challenge: making on-screen applications preserve the harmony and aesthetics displayed. With the new Android 13 update, more and more apps will tweak their icon for this reason.
This functionality is also available in the current version of the Android operating system, but in a limited way because when changing the theme (wallpapers and screen colors), some apps changed their appearance depending on the device on which it was made. Google apps change only on Pixel devices, Samsung apps only change on Samsung devices.
Although this idea, called Material Design, was first launched on devices in 2014 with Android 5.0, it won’t change its appearance until version 13 of the operating system. Among them are WhatsApp, Telegram and Spotify, as reported by 9to5google media. They join:
Signal, Microsoft Edge, Beeper, Opera Browser, American Express, ESPN, Fotmob, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Pocket, Reddit and many more. In total, there are around 49 third-party apps that will have the ability to tweak their appearance in the new Android 13 update.
Google explains from the official statement announcing this feature for the new operating system update: “You can customize non-Google apps to match your phone’s theme and background colors, making your home screen more cohesive and unique in style.”
Google apps that are currently able to tweak their appearance in Android 12 are:
Files, Android Auto, Digital Wellbeing, Camera, Calculator, Settings, Fitbit, Google, Gmail, Phone, Nest, Google Calendar, Google Chat, Google Contacts, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Duo/Meet, Google Fi, Google Fit, Google Home, Google Lens, Google Maps, Google Meet, Google Messages, Google News, Google One, Google Photos, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Podcasts, Google TV, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Translate, Google Voice, Google Wallet, Pixel tips, Gmail, GPay, Recorder, Keep Notes, Clock, Security, Wear OS, YouTube, YouTube TV, YouTube Music.
For their part, Samsung apps can also be modified on their devices only:
Bixby, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Contacts, Settings, Galaxy Shop, Galaxy Store, Galaxy Wearable, Gallery, Game Player, Messages, My Files, PENUP, Phone, Samsung Free, Samsung Global Goals, Samsung Health, Samsung Members, Samsung Notes Samsung TV Plus, Clock, Samsung Smart Switch, SmartThings, Tips, AR Zone
In addition to being able to change the color of app icons, from the moment it is launched, Android 13 will allow you to set the language for each app individually instead of having to set the system language for it.
As part of its health functions, Google’s Digital Wellbeing and Clock app will be able to listen to the sound of snoring and coughing while users are sleeping, thus their sleep quality can be monitored.
These are just some of the new functions and features that Android 13 is known to have before its launch, which could happen in the last months of 2022.