Android 12L official with focus on foldables, tablets
After ruining Android for tablets some 4 years back in favour of ChromeOS, and then going into a deep slumber, Google has finally woken up and announced Android 12L, an update of Android 12 optimised for larger screens.
It is important to note that this is not a new Android version. Instead, it’s more like a fresh feature rollout for Android 12. To put it another way, there won’t be any Android 12 or Android 12L devices; they’ll all be Android 12. However, Google has given this a distinctive moniker to emphasise the significance of the upgrade.
In general, the Android 12L upgrade improves the overall experience of using Android on a big screen. This features refined UI components as well as backwards compatibility. There’s more to the upgrade than that, though. When the notification drop-down is displayed on a screen with a resolution of 600dp or above, Android will convert it into a two-column layout.
You may now also effortlessly use two apps at the same time thanks to a new, easier-to-use split-screen functionality. When utilising tablets, you’ll also notice a new taskbar that emerges automatically. Simply drag and drop the app you want onto the screen, and it will appear in the area you choose.
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Apps will be able to auto-format in ways that are more suited to big screens. Developers are, of course, urged to tailor their apps to appear optimised across a variety of screen sizes. However, even if developers haven’t altered their apps, 12L will improve their appearance.
The official Android emulator now has the first developer preview of 12L accessible. If you need one, a developer preview designed exclusively for the Lenovo P12 Pro will be available shortly. Previews for Pixel phones will be available at some point. However, because the majority of the functionality will be hidden on smaller screens, such previews will only be useful for developers.
Android 12L will be released “early next year,” according to Google, just in time for the next generation of Android tablets. If this move helps to put a hole in Apple’s tablet supremacy, only time will tell.