With the latest from Google Phone Upgrade, the dialer now has even more material to delight you

With the latest from Google Phone Upgrade, the dialer now has even more material to delight you

Tech Highlights:

  • As spotted by 9to5Google, Google is rolling out its revised look to some users on the latest beta version of the Phone app. It’s a server-side update, so not every beta user will be included just yet. If you’re so lucky, you’ll be treated to an app that looks exactly like what we first previewed back in February, complete with redesigned buttons and new animations. It’s definitely building on top of what was added last year, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a change for the better.

  • Material, whether you like it or not, is a force to be reckoned with. You appear to be a firm believer in it. In the months leading up to the official introduction of Android 12, Google redesigned most of its apps, but that’s not to say it hasn’t continued to update and alter some old designs. Last year, the Phone app received dynamic themes, but we’ve just seen hints that a more comprehensive revamp is on the way. A brand-new dialer UI may already be installed on your Pixel.

If you’re used to using Android 12’s PIN lock screen or the redesigned calculator app, you’ll feel right at home here. These buttons are straight out of both of them, adding oval-shaped boundaries that make them stand out just a little bit more. The number pad is overall taller, too, taking up more room on screen than the older layout. It’s not a huge change, but it does make the app feel more in line with the rest of the OS.

Unfortunately, not every user is going to get to try out this new look right away — I was unable to get it to load on my Pixel 6 after joining the beta program. If you want to try your luck, sign up for the beta through Google Play or head on over to APK Mirror to download the latest APK.

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