One of the most striking new features of Android 12 is the dynamic theme : a software algorithm, called Monet , analyzes the desktop background and generates a complementary color palette that is used in many parts of the UI both in the system and in the apps, such as the notification curtain, selected items, checkboxes, background and so on. Monet does everything automatically, but what if the user doesn’t like the colors that the software has chosen? Either change wallpaper or … Download and install LWP +.
It’s an app that has actually been around for years – it’s even gone as far as Android Oreo, and is formally an app for setting live wallpapers. But already at the time it hid some tricks that made it particularly attractive to more advanced users – for example it allowed to force the dark theme at the system level when it was not yet available in a stable and official form. And now it turns out that it can also let you choose and set custom colors for the dynamic theme of the latest version of the operating system. Briefly, it goes like this:
- You download and install the app (the download badge is at the bottom of the article).
- Choose Wallpaper Type and set your preferred mode.
- You choose the image and crop it according to your preferences.
- Scroll down to the Custom colors section.
- You activate the check in the item Use custom colors.
- Primary, secondary and tertiary color specified.
- Go back to the top and choose the first item, Set as current live wallpaper.
- Return to home.
Basically LWP + sets a live wallpaper which contains the static image which is the actual background, and then the information on the three colors. Monet is effectively bypassed and the app communicates directly with the operating system . It should be borne in mind that every time you change the colors or the image it is necessary to repeat the penultimate operation from the procedure indicated above. The great thing about LWP + is that it’s free, even if there are some advertisements; the downside is that you cannot set an automatic background update at regular time intervals – very popular feature but that if used too aggressively with Android 12 and Monet may cause some instability and slowdowns.
It is also worth remembering that for these first months Monet will remain an exclusive of Pixel smartphones: Google plans to make it open-source, thus allowing other manufacturers to adopt it, with the release of Android 12 L, which should take place within the first quarter of 2022.
- LWP + – customized Monet colors | Android | Google Play Store, Free