Android 12L has been announced by Google for large screen devices like foldable, tablets, and ChromeOS devices. Google has optimised the UI in Android 12L for larger displays. There are changes across the board like notifications, home screen, lock screen, quick settings, and more. There’s a new two-column layout for devices with display density above 600dp, which is easy to use and shows more information.
Google has announced that the Android 12L will be released publicly next year. Moreover, while the new Android version is intended for large screen devices like foldable and tablets, Google has announced that the beta program for the new software will open for Google Pixel devices as well. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest Android 12L.
Android 12L release date
Google announced the launch of the new Android 12L software through an official blog post on October 27th. According to the blog post, the tech giant is working with OEM partners to release the Android 12L update and it will be released early next year. Google has confirmed that the Android 12L developer preview will first arrive on the Lenovo Tab 12 Pro. The public beta for Pixel devices will be available later in 2022.
Android 12L new features
According to the blog post, the new Android 12L takes advantage of the extra screen space to offer new UI elements compared to regular-sized smartphones. Apart from the new two-column layout, Android 12L will also offer more intuitive and powerful multitasking. For this purpose, there’s a new taskbar at the bottom of the display, similar to Windows and macOS. This new taskbar lets users open and switch between various apps on a fly. The taskbar also makes split-screen mode intuitive as users can simply drag and drop apps from the taskbar to run in split-screen.
Google is further enhancing the UI experience by allowing phone makers to offer a better letterboxing experience. Device manufacturers can now offer custom letterbox colours, custom rounded corners, and the ability to adjust the inset window. Additionally, Google has introduced a new Material Design guideline to help developers scale their app’s UI across all screen sizes. There are several new tools for developers like new navigation components, a new set of APIs, Window size classes to help detect the window size, adaptive UI patterns, responsive UI, and a new foldable device API.
Lastly, Google will highlight apps optimised for large displays in Google Play Store. According to the blog post, there will be new checks to assess every app’s quality against large screen app quality guidelines.