Android 12 was released just last week for Pixel devices that were qualified. And it will soon be accessible for additional phones that are suitable. Google is clearly aiming for “large” screen smartphones by adding an “L” to Android 12. According to Google, Android 12L will provide a much-improved experience for tablets, foldable, and ChromeOS users.
Google revealed a new version of Android OS for tablets and large-screen devices like foldable at the Android Developer Summit on Wednesday. It’s dubbed Android 12L by the corporation.
Android 12 was released last week for Pixel devices that were qualified. And will soon be accessible for additional phones that are suitable. Google is clearly aiming for “large” screen smartphones by adding an “L” to Android 12. According to Google, Android 12L will provide a much-improved experience for tablets, foldable, and ChromeOS users.
Google estimates that there are currently over 250 million active large-screen Android smartphones, according to an official blog post. In a blog post, the firm stated, “With all of the enthusiasm, we’re continuing to invest in making Android an even better OS on these devices, for users and developers.”
According to the IT giant, approximately 100 million new Android tablet activations have occurred in the last year, representing a 20% year-over-year increase. ChromeOS is now the fastest growing desktop platform, with a growth rate of roughly 92 percent, according to the report. In addition, foldable has seen a year-over-year increase of almost 256 percent.
Top features of Android 12L
Google has published a developer preview of Android 12L, allowing chosen users to test out the new large-screen features and optimize the apps that are currently available. Google has enhanced UI performance on large displays in Android 12L, including notifications, fast settings, lock screen, overview, home screen, and more. In 12L, system apps are also optimized.
With 12L, the tech behemoth has also made multitasking more intuitive. On wide screens, it has included a new taskbar that allows users to quickly move between favorite programs. Not only that, but the taskbar makes split-screen mode far more accessible than before. To run an app in split-screen mode, users will simply drag and drop it from the taskbar.
“We’ve improved compatibility mode with visual and stability improvements to give consumers a better letterboxing experience and help apps look better by default,” Google says.
Updates to the Play Store
Google is making some adjustments to the Play Store to make it easier for users to find the greatest app experiences on their tablets, foldable, and ChromeOS devices. With Android 12L, Google has added new checks to assess the quality of each app against large-screen app quality requirements. Users will see a warning message if an app is not optimized for large screens.
“As we mentioned earlier this year, we’ll be offering large screen specialized app ratings. Hence users will be able to review how well your app functions on their large screen devices. These modifications will be implemented next year, according to a Google blog post.
Timeline for release
Google confirmed that the Android 12L feature drop will arrive early next year. At the same time as the next wave of Android 12 tablets and foldable. The business also mentions that it is collaborating with OEM partners to bring 12L features to large-screen devices. The Lenovo P12 Pro will be the first gadget to be released.
How can I sign up for the developer preview?
Large screen users can download the 12L Android Emulator system images and tools to get access to the developer’s preview of Android 12L.
Android 12L will also be available for phones. But because most of the new capabilities won’t be visible on smaller screens, the focus will be on tablets, foldable, and ChromeOS devices. Later this year, Google expects to launch Android Beta enrollments for Pixel smartphones.