Google apps have new look on Material You redesign


Google announced on September 16 that it started rolling out Material You refreshes to its Workspace apps on the upcoming Android 12 update.

The list of apps include Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Google Drive.

With the new update, users will notice updated navigation bars, improved floating action buttons and more Google Sans text for improved readability in smaller font sizes.


Users of Workspace apps on Pixel devices with Android 12 or newer could find it fairly easy to customise their phones’ theme based on the set background of their choices, thanks to the dynamic theming system that adds background colours and accents throughout the apps.

Following the release of Android 12 Beta 5 on Pixel devices and some of the best Android phones, the Android 12 will be scheduled for its official launch so that Google’s Workspace apps are not the first to receive Material You and will not be the last.

Google notes that the updates should have already begun arriving for some apps like Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Google Drive. Meet will receive the update starting September 19 followed by Google Calendar on September 20.

According to the company, Google Meet will be updated from September 19. It is followed by Google Calendar on September 20 and Google Keep – a note and to-do app, on September 21.

Material You changes “will automatically adjust contrast, size, and line width based on user preferences and app context”, Google said, meaning that certain pre-existing color schemes, such as color-coded file types, folder colors, or for in-app warnings, will remain the same.

Specifically, Google Keep will gain access to the theming engine to make it even more colorful.

Material You has made the biggest change to Google’s design language since the introduction of Material Design in 2014. Known as the evolution of Material Design, Material You has redefined a lot of things that, till today, remain commonplace in Google’s design, while moving a step further by adding customisation elements as well.

“Material You is a new set of capabilities that allows our design language, Material Design, to be personal, accessible, alive, and adaptive”, said Google Design Manager Philip Battin.

In its own introduction, its company Material said it is an adaptable system of guidelines, components, and tools that support the best practices of user interface design. Backed by open-source code, Material streamlines collaboration between designers and developers, and helps teams quickly build beautiful products.