This is super fascinating to me. I’ve used phones with stock-ish Android for about 10 years now, and I’ve legit never felt that a UI change has been a downgrade before. The top menu looks like something made for a special elderly user mode, and Google has once again needlessly moved around stuff that really didn’t need moving.
My long-term goal has always been to buy a Pixel 9a or whatever and install GrapheneOS on it. I’m genuinely starting to re-consider and instead buying a Samsung or OnePlus. I want a phone that gets more modern every year, not less modern and that’s exactly what I’ve gotten in the past. Now? I dunno, I guess I’ll get used to it. But the truth is that I don’t really want to get used to it.
Well, that’s probably always going to be a matter of taste.
My not so tech savvy family member has had absolutely zero complains with the switch to Android 12 and just keeps using their phone to get the stuff done they want to use it for.
I however, who’s been on A12/A13 for almost a year and really likes the new style, have been screaming in agony every time I had to help them with their A11 phone …
I guess what I’m saying is most people probably don’t care, otherwise we’d see more outrage on this forum
As someone who often uses the phone outside while cycling or with gloves I wouldn’t want to give up that feature again.
I’m far from elderly, but I’m always for better accessibility because we all can benefit from that.