Following the first beta, Android 12 users immediately complained about how the ripple effect looked like a graphical bug. Google responded and promised updates, with Beta 3 today delivering a more subtle sparkle.

In Android 12 Beta 3, the ripple effect is still available but not as visible as before. The individual dots/sparkles are smaller and, therefore, less noticeable. It greatly reduces the scratchy nature that many assumed to be a visual bug and/or noise artifacts. 

To really notice the reduced intensity, go to the Settings and hold down on a menu item. On Beta 2 and earlier, you still see sparkling at the left and right edges. This effect is completely gone in Beta 3, and you’re left with just a highlighted area.

At the start of June, Google promised that it would “make the ripple more subtle and less distracting/glitch-feeling.” This has been more or less accomplished with Beta 3, and Google was still able to (initially) retain the new visual language of Android 12 and Material You.

  • Android 12 ripple
Beta 2 left, Beta 3 right

Following this Beta 3 change, what are your thoughts on the Android 12 ripple effect. Is it still too prominent and you’d like further reductions, or is it just right? What do you think compared to the Android 11 approach?

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