Oppo followed this up with a comment to TechRadar saying, “Material You is not with Android 12’s AOSP, so it’s not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). We will need to wait until Google confirm when they plan to release it in the code.” The Android Open Source Project is a repository into which Google uploads code for versions of Android, so other companies like Oppo, OnePlus and Xiaomi can create their ‘forks’ from it. On October 4, Google uploaded what we believed to be Android 12’s full code to the AOSP, but it’s only now that we’re hearing this wasn’t, in fact, the full code.
In a briefing on ColorOS 12, a version of Android 12 used for Oppo phones and adapted by Oppo from Google’s original software, one of the team discussed how Material You wasn’t part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
PS5 | Everything you need to know in 1 minute 14/12/20PS5 | Everything you need to know in 1 minute ColorOS 12 rolls out at the end of the year for the Oppo Find X3 Pro, and in 2022 for most the brand’s other new phones. In the briefing, the company speculated a newer version of ColorOS 12 with Material You could come in early 2022.
The post says to “watch for support for Jetpack Compose coming soon”. Jetpack Compose is a Google tool for designing user interfaces, so this all suggests Material You support is still upcoming.
In a blog post from Google Developers dated October 4, the company lists new features that Android 12 brings, but the language used in the Material You section doesn’t actually confirm the code has been added to the AOSP, with an alpha version offered instead.
Google itself declined to comment on this news story. We did get an additional comment from OnePlus, however, as its OxygenOS is made by the same team as Oppo’s ColorOS (due to a recent merger between the companies). A spokesperson for OnePlus said, “OnePlus evaluates and customizes the software experience on OxygenOS to best fit OnePlus users‘ needs. At the moment, we are still evaluating Material You and will continue to listen to our users’ feedback.”