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[Update: More colors] Android Q developer options include accent color, font, and icon shape customization
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When the folks at XDA developers caught a look at an Android Q image early, one of the things they spotted was a pile of new options for theming the look of the operating system. At the time, we thought it might have merely been a test demonstrating easier OEM-level customization, but theming has persisted into the Android Q Beta 1.
The new category appears at the very bottom of the Developer options panel in Settings -> System -> Advanced -> Developer options. (The entire Developer options section itself won't appear unless you've activated it by tapping build number repeatedly in Settings -> About Phone, if you weren't aware.) Theming has three total option categories: Accent color, Headline / Body font, and Icon shape.
Options for accent color include the default blue, black, green, and a pretty snazzy purple. Font options include the default Google Sans / Roboto or a Noto Serif / Source Sans Pro which looks... not great. Icon shapes include the default circle, a teardrop with a rounded tail to the bottom right, Samsung-style squircles, and rounded rectangles/squares.
Icon changes apply to the Pixel Launcher, multitasking menu, Quick Settings panel, and a handful of other spots throughout the system. Even the Google search widget border and Pixel Launcher folders pick up cues from the icon shape. Fonts and colors apply more universally.
There aren't a whole lot of individual options for these three themeing settings at the time of writing, and when XDA Developers spotted some of these features before, there were more of them. It looks like they may actually persist into the final product, though. Fans of customization should be thrilled
Android Q Beta 2 further expands the reach of the icon customization options to affect those for the grouped categories in Settings, as well.
Android Q Beta 4 adds four more accent color options to choose from: Cinnamon, Ocean, Space, and Orchid, shown in order below. Thanks, Zevi, Ricky, Indefinite Implosion, Zachary!