The Android 12 lock screen is getting some visual updates from Android 11. As reported by Android Police, Google is tweaking the lock screen to be more in line with some of the other changes across the system.
So, Google is shaking up the lock screen on Android 12. Not necessarily in major ways. But definitely in noticeable ways. Though with that said the changes are fairly subtle and may go unnoticed by many at first glance.
These small visual tweaks are new as of the second developer preview. And they share a certain core functionality with another visual change that popped up with this latest Android 12 release. The media player UI.
The Android 12 lock screen now matches system accent colors
So the first is likely to be more noticeable than the second. And that’s because it can be a continual change that happens more than once.
With the media player UI, Google made it so the back drop of the UI matched the system accent color you choose. Instead of colors from the album artwork of whatever song you were playing. On the lock screen, the emergency button now matches the chosen accent color as well.
This makes the button a lot easier to see than before. Currently with Android 11, the emergency call button on the lock screen is transparent. So it can be easy to miss if you ever needed to use it. With the system accent colors though it becomes more bold and stands out more.
Especially if you choose a particularly bright accent color from the Styles & Wallpapers screen. Google has also now removed the color from the enter button on the lock screen. Now it matches the other keys. So overall the design should be displayed as more uniform.
The lock screen now has persistent Google Assistant indicators
Another minor change is the Google Assistant indicators on the lock screen. These aren’t there on Android 11, at least not until you start dragging your finger inward from the corners. With this preview, the indicators stay on the lock screen at all times.
Providing users with a visual sense of presence that this is where Google Assistant can be activated with touch. These will be located in the bottom right and bottom left corners of the display. Though they show up as a dark gray/black color in their persistent form instead of the Google red, blue, green, and yellow like when you manually activate it.