Google is slowly updating its apps with Material You, while Gboard made changes to it earlier this month. The redesign should only appear on devices with beta version of Android 12, but some elements have found their way into Samsung devices in a bizarre event.
My guide and I are using Galaxy S21 Ultra on Android 11 and Gboard beta 10.9.04.387080390 and found a little surprise in the theme menu.
Left: Old design, Right: new design
As you can see in the pictures above, my Galaxy S21 now has a colored top bar, rounded corners and a modified auto system icon. These are the only Material You elements here, so don’t be excited to see your new keyboard.
So why is this happening? This may be a simple bug, but it could also indicate the imminent arrival of One UI 4 beta. Samsung may launch its Android 12 beta app by the end of this month, so maybe Google has updated Gboard to enable Material You on Samsung phones in beta, and doing so has resulted in Android devices 11 also appear.
We do not know for sure until the arrival of One UI 4, but we should not wait any longer. You can download this version of Gboard from the Play Store or APK Mirror.