Android 12 is already about to be released for all users. After all the process of previous releases and betas, we are currently in the fourth beta and a half stage of the RC release, the one that precedes the final release for manufacturers to adapt to their layers and offer the update to all their users.

One of the biggest changes Android 12 introduces is “Material You,” its new adaptive design model that also integrates with Google’s proprietary apps. But it looks like this ‘Material You’ won’t be exclusive to Android 12, at least not when it comes to Google apps. Some traces have already been seen even in Android 9 Pie, the latest version of Android with dessert as the last name.

Google keyboard inherits from Android 12 layout

As we said, the operating system sets the guidelines and the system applications, those belonging to Google, are adapted to the system in question. In this case, it’s Android 12 that introduces the new ‘Material You’ design language, one that probably only stays in the system and doesn’t run backwards, although the same doesn’t seem to happen with apps. system mentioned above.

Although Android 12 has not yet been officially released, we already have beta versions circulating and some apps are already adapted to the new design. One of them is Gboard, Google’s proprietary keyboard for Android, and now the new design has been (partially) seen in previous versions of the system. For example, on Xiaomi and Sony phones with Android 9 installed, two versions less than the current one and three less than the future Android 12.

Old Gboard on the left, new on the right

While it’s likely that the full design of ‘Material You’ won’t work backwards, we can see some parts of the changes in apps from previous versions. We have the new design for the top bar, rounded corners of the keyboard and new colors, as well as the occasional icon. We don’t have a complete overhaul of the app, but we do have some brushstrokes from Android 12 that go through the history of the operating system in reverse.

Via | Android Police