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Gboard Gets a Facelift With New Pill-shaped Keys Thanks to Material You

Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mondal is writer at TechGenyz

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At the Google I/O, which took place earlier this week, the company unveiled Material You. It helps the users to experience a plethora of colors. As of now, Material You is limited only to Google smartphones but it will soon come to other devices of Android and Wear OS as well.

Material You will choose a set of color palettes for Android devices based on the user’s wallpaper, and the chosen colors will be spread across the UI system. These changes are not yet live in Beta 1, but the situation will be different once the Android 12 Pixel phones arrive. With the introduction of Material, You also get the introduction of many design changes that are not limited to the Android 12 mobile OS. Using this, the tech giant can also extend this concept to other applications. Material You has also brought something for the developers. It offers a greater customization ability and flexibility to the developers.

Recently it has come to the surface that Google is also bringing the design changes associated with Material You to the Gboard input method. Since Material You has just been introduced, and it still has a long way to go, its inclusion with the Gboard is not absolutely game-changing as it might appear to be. Nevertheless, it is indeed a beginning.  

A few of the keys on the keyboard as found on Android 11, appear to have changed very subtly. 123 key, Enter key, and the space bar now come in a rounded rectangle shape. Anyone who has used the beta version of Android 12 Beta 1 can see that this new change has reached the Android global UI. Moreover, since Android 11 also received an update of the Gboard, the changes that came to the  Gboard are not exclusive to Android 12 or the Pixel series of smartphones.


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