Android 12 is the latest version of Google’s smartphone operating system, and it’s also the latest for tablets now.
But it won’t be long, because Android 12L is coming soon and it is designed specifically for tablets and other large screen devices like foldable phone.
Below, we will detail what exactly Android 12L is, when will it launch, how it differs from the standard Android 12and why this could be a great upgrade for Android tablet owners.
Android 12L release date
Android 12L is set to launch around 2022. Google’s own website says ‘early 2022’, while Gizmodo claims an update will land in the 2nd quarter of 2022 (i.e. sometime between April and June).
We won’t really consider May or June as ‘first of the year’, so we’re guessing April will be the latest month that it arrives, but we can’t be sure.
That said, in any case, this will be an incomplete and possibly buggy version of the software. As the name suggests this release is designed with developers in mind, so we recommend that everyone wait for the final release – or at least a public beta.
Why did Google make Android 12L?
Android 12L (with the ‘L’ presumably standing for ‘Large’ or ‘Large screen’) was designed to make Android shine on tablets and foldable phones, and it’s supposed to be the thing. which this operating system has long needed.
Currently, Google takes a one-size-fits-all approach to all of its operating systems, but in reality the experience on the big screen can be quite different from that on the small screen and with Android mastering it. is designed around the phone, which can make it harder to use a larger device – or simply means the extra space isn’t being used optimally.
So Android 12L is basically Android 12 with some tweaks on the big screen and some exclusive features that won’t work well on the phone (aside from the big ones like foldable). It’s a similar idea to what Apple did with iPadOS, which it split from iOS.
Aside from the interface, Android on tablets also lacks tablet-optimized apps, and Android 12L also aims to solve this to some extent, as we’ll explain below.
Features of Android 12L
Android 12L largely has the same features as Android 12, as it is simply a version optimized for large screen devices. But that means some changes to the layout and some functionality. We’ve highlighted the main changes below.
Two-column notification shade
With Android 12L, the notification dropdown has two columns instead of one, with quick settings on the left and notifications on the right. This helps make the most of the extra space.
New interface lock screen
Similarly, the lock screen uses two columns to display information, but additionally, if you have pattern or PIN lock enabled, this column will be displayed on the side of the screen for easy access. than. If you want to lock on the other side, then just touch that side and it will jump over.
With Android 12L, there is a new taskbar at the bottom of the screen that can be shown or hidden at any time with a single press and hold. When displayed, it shows app shortcuts, making it easy to switch between apps without having to go to the home screen or the recent apps screen.
You can also drag and drop an app from the taskbar to enter split-screen mode, or you can use the new ‘Split’ action in the overview to initiate split-screen with a single tap.
There are also gesture controls for scrolling through recent apps or going back to the home screen. So navigating on Android 12L will be faster and smoother than it is now with tablets and other large screen devices.
More beautiful apps
One of the problems with using Android on a tablet is that many apps are not optimized for tablet use, which can make them look ugly or feel clunky when used with screens. bigger.
With Android 12L, Google has improved compatibility mode, which means that even if an app isn’t optimized for your screen, it will look better than it does now.
For example, when an app has a letterbox, device manufacturers will be able to configure aspect ratios, set status bar transparency, and optionally apply rounded corners to app windows . Improvements to compatibility mode should also make it more stable.
Highlight the best apps
In addition to making apps look better on large screen devices, Android 12L will also help you find the best apps for large screens, by marking the apps optimized for the device. your on the Google Play Store. There will also be warnings on the listing page for non-optimized apps.
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