Google’s most recent design changes to Gboard introduced several Material You blooms. A minor update recently tweaked Gboard themes so they now extend to the navigation bar on more Android phones.
This UI behavior is not new on Pixel phones or even on OnePlus/Oppo devices. It involves a Gboard color theme that extends all the way to the navigation bar so that the background of this thin strip looks the same for a more seamless visual experience. This is most apparent on colorful backgrounds – especially Dynamic Color, while the difference is minimal on dark/light themes.
On other phones, the navigation bar (gesture or 3-button) would remain black or white (depending on the system theme) for a slightly shocking mismatch.
Gboard recently changed this so that the keyboard colors the navigation bars on many more Android devices. Friend of the site RKBDI notes that Gboard started preparing for this change as early as May.
It’s live on Samsung devices (Android 12) that we checked today with the latest Gboard beta (12.0).
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