This is what the new Material You progress bars and sliders look like: thick and hollow

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Material You is the latest version of the visual language that Google applies to Android and its applications. It came with Android 12, although since then it has continued to evolve with new features, such as the last two changes that They reinvent progress bars and sliders.

Get ready to see gaps or spaces in progress bars and visibly thicker sliders, since the latest Material You documentation, from December 2023, adapts them to give them a slight twist.

New sliders

The sliders are the controls with which we can adjust a value doing just that, sliding control. They have been on Android since time immemorial and probably the best-known design of them is that of a simple line with a circle to adjust the value.

The latest version of Material You makes sliders thicker and they arrive in four styles: continuous, discrete, centered and range selection. The big news, besides the thickness of the bar, is that the bar is cut to include the slider, which is not a circle but a line.

While we adjust the value, we see the corresponding number as we drag it and if we have predefined fixed values, these are marked on the line with dots.

Progress bars with end indicator

Something similar happens with the progress bars, which remain quite similar except for two details: that they include a gap in their design, that is, it is not a continuous bar. You can see what exactly this is in the animation below:

Furthermore, it is added an indicator to show the end of the bar when a certain progress is being shown, that is, it has an end in contrast to the indeterminate bars that fill up over and over again.

These two changes, both the end indicator and the blank space in the bar are available for both linear and circular progress bar and now that they are part of the Material You specifications, we will have to get used to them whether we like it or not, as they will begin to reach Google and third-party applications. f

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