Android 12 has copied one of the best features of Samsung One UI

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Google today released the first Android 12 developer preview. Most of the user-facing changes are limited at the moment, but there is one hidden change that stands out from all the others. First discovered by Mishaal Rahman of XDA Developers, there is a flag in Android 12 called “Silky Home”. Once this flag is activated, a completely redesigned interface is shown for the Settings section. Silky Home inserts a large header text at the top of the screen and pushes all buttons / switches down, making it much easier to navigate through Settings if using a phone with a large screen. The new interface looks a lot like Samsung’s One UI. It’s a huge design change from what we’re used to seeing on a Pixel.

Android 12 interface

Android 12 interface

Android 12 interface

Android 12 interface This Silky Home user interface is currently limited to the Settings section, and requires the activation of a flag before it can be viewed. Assuming Google keeps working on it, presumably it will eventually spread to other parts of the system. And if that happens, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact it could have on the design of Android apps for the rest of the market.

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