Google is streamlining the way its users share links, images, and videos throughout apps in Android 12 by restricting third-party apps from replacing the native Android Sharesheet, as per a report. Android Sharesheet is the pop-up menu that appers from the bottom of the screen to allow users to share information (links, images, videos, memes) through a number of apps installed on a smartphone. The UI of the Android Sharesheet differs from app to app. The report says this is because Google did not enforce UI consistency for the Sharesheet up until now.
Android 11 users can get very different sharing menus across apps. Those who want the same sharing menu on all apps can install third-party apps like Sharedr to bypass the Android Sharesheet UI altogether. But Android 12 will have a consistent sharing menu across apps, which also means that third-party apps like Sharedr won't be allowed to replace the Android Sharesheet UI, as per the report by XDADevelopers. The report says that the system on Android 12 did not show the prompt to pick between Sharedr and the Android Sharesheet and opened the Android Sharesheet by default, which implies that Google is not allowing third-party apps in Android 12 from replacing the default Sharesheet.
At Google I/O annual developers conference, the company announced a string of changes that will debut with Android 12. The upcoming OS version will bring a considerable UI refresh, which will have an interface that can be personalised with a custom colour palette and new widgets that can be resized with much greater flexibility. The interface will also include fluid motion and new animations. These changes are based on Material You, a new design language which is an upgrade to the existing Material Design.