In the first beta of Android Q, we saw a basic customization feature in developer options that allowed you to change the accent color throughout the system. Only three additional colors were available aside from the usual blue, though.
Now, in the second beta of Android Q, there are hints of an app called “Pixel Themes” which will likely control these system customizations, as first spotted by XDA Developers. The app is basically just a shell right now with very little info, but it does suggest that there will be a full-on theming app for Pixel devices launched alongside Android Q.
According to XDA, the same four color options are available in Pixel Themes: blue (default), black (as seen above), purple, and green. However, each color has a codename attached to it, and the colors have different additional customizations.
Here are the codenames and descriptions:
- Anthony: Black accent color, Rubik font, Rounded/Squircle icons
- Johanna: Green accent color, Arvo and Lato font, Filled icons
- Reiko: Purple accent color, Arbutus font, Circular/Teardrop icons
Below, you can see images of what these customizations will probably look like:
While it’s certainly nice that Google appears to be creating a system-wide theming option, hopefully, it won’t limit users to these pre-created sets. Users would more likely be interested in creating their own themes by taking the teardrop icons from the Reiko set and mixing it with the black color scheme of the Anthony set, for example. Additionally, users would likely want to have access to any color they like, not just four pretty basic shades.
However, we’re only on the second beta of Android Q, so there’s plenty of time for Google to refine this Pixel Themes app and make it something Android users will truly love.