Android 12L: All the pieces you should find out about Google’s OS for bigger screens

Joe Hindy

Google introduced Android 12L in October 2021, lower than one month after the secure launch of Android 12. It’s a reasonably promising launch for Google that goals to enhance the Android expertise on tablets, foldables, Chromebooks, and different massive screens. It’s the primary such concentrate on bigger screens for the reason that launch of Android 3.0 Honeycomb again in 2012. You’ll be able to take a look at all the large modifications for Android 12 on telephones right here. Nonetheless, there may be sufficient with Android 12L to have a look and see what all of the fuss is about.

In true Google trend, Android 12L ought to have a number of developer previews and beta builds earlier than it absolutely launches in late winter or early spring of 2022. All the pieces under is predicated on the primary developer preview. Let’s get began.

Android 12L: All the pieces you should know

Design components

The brand new OS solely has a number of completely different design components. We anticipated that, and there will definitely be extra modifications in future developer previews and betas. For now, there may be solely somewhat to speak about.

Revamped overview displayAndroid 12L Overview screenThe overview display (or Current Apps, if you happen to choose) obtained a small revamp. The apps sometimes have a vertical card look on Android 12, the place each card appears the identical. Android 12L bucks this pattern: Essentially the most not too long ago used app is the biggest, whereas different apps present up as smaller playing cards to its left. Roughly 4 smaller playing cards take up the identical area as the big one and so they stack to make the very best use of area. It appears like that in each panorama and portrait mode.

It in any other case capabilities like the traditional overview display. You’ll be able to screenshot, choose the textual content, have interaction in split-screen mode, and so on. The entire methods nonetheless work.Android 12L Example Shot

Facet-by-side fast settings and notification panel

Android 12L additionally employs a brand new search for the notification panel and fast settings menu. On common telephones, the 2 components break up horizontally; the fast settings take the higher half and the notifications take the decrease half. In Android 12L, the break up is vertical with them taking the left and proper sides of the display, respectively. The excellent news is the appear and feel are the identical as common Android 12 so there are not any bizarre surprises.

When it comes to usability, it’s pretty easy. Swiping down from the highest opens each panels without delay and swiping up dismisses them concurrently. Nonetheless, whereas open, every panel is independently managed. Thus, you possibly can swipe away a notification or develop the fast settings with out bothering the opposite facet. Rotating our emulator to portrait mode reverts it again to the usual horizontal break up as you see on non-foldable telephones.

Different potential modificationsAndroid 12L activity embedding

Android 12L has a number of different issues hidden from view and a few could even make it to telephones in some unspecified time in the future. This tweet shows a quick wallpaper picker that will or could not exist within the closing model for instance. Additionally, enhancements to issues like exercise embedding ought to end in smoother animations and a extra responsive UI. You’ll be able to see an instance of that within the GIF above.

New options in Android 12LAndroid 12L taskbar and split screen

The taskbar is now current on most screens for simple multi-tasking.

Android 12L is a bit gentle on new options. Once more, we anticipate extra as Android 12L developer previews and betas proceed to roll out within the coming months, however let’s check out those we’ve seen to date.

Android 12L taskbar

It doesn’t appear to be a lot, however the addition of a local taskbar to Android is a reasonably large deal. We’ve seen one thing comparable carried out on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to nice impact. Principally, Android 12L provides you a taskbar just like a desktop OS like Home windows or macOS. It’s there virtually on a regular basis and you may put shortcuts there.

The taskbar is pretty innocuous to start out. It sits alongside the underside of the display, the place the launcher dock often is, besides it stays once you open apps, the fast settings, or notifications. It does persist in portrait mode as nicely. The emulator appears to restrict the variety of apps you possibly can have on the taskbar to 5. Hopefully, Google expands that over time.

Drag-and-drop split-screenAndroid 12L split screen mode Example

Instance of how Android 12L handles dragging and dropping apps into split-screen mode

The taskbar can also be the important thing to the brand new drag-and-drop split-screen characteristic. It’s fairly straightforward to make use of. You open the primary app you need after which drag an icon from the taskbar to the display to allow split-screen mode. You’ll be able to see an instance of how this works within the GIF above. As soon as in split-screen mode, you are able to do the standard stuff like drag the divider to provide one app more room.


The constraints of the taskbar hold this from being a very exceptional characteristic. As acknowledged within the earlier part, we hope Google lets us add greater than 5 apps so we will actually use these new options to their fullest potential.

Adaptive UIAndroid 12L adaptive UI screenshot

Google didn’t speak loads about Adaptive UI in its official Android 12L weblog put up. Nonetheless, there may be fairly a bit extra about it right here. Builders have at all times been inspired to make UIs that match all kinds of screens, and Android 12L expands this encouragement to incorporate screens of various sizes, shapes, and folding capabilities.

Different potential modifications

In the intervening time, the above options are the one new ones we find out about. The checklist appears brief, however that is only a department off of Android 12 and probably not its personal distinctive factor. We don’t count on a ton of different new options and for a lot of the improvement to concentrate on below the hood and design modifications with the UI.

Below-the-hood modifications for Android 12LAndroid Studio Chipmunk resizeable emulator

As ordinary, below the hood is the place the magic is. There are a number of new APIs, additions, and updates for builders to adapt their apps to Android 12L. The brand new modifications have an effect on how apps work on bigger shows. In fact, this too ought to develop with new developer previews and betas.

Resizeable emulators

Google launched a brand new model of Android Studio, dubbed Android Studio Chipmunk. The brand new launch contains an emulator that natively resizes the display shortly so builders can adapt their work to Android 12L and bigger shows on the whole. It’s not essentially the most thrilling factor from a client perspective, however it ought to assist builders make higher apps for a greater variety of display sizes and kinds.

Improved compatibility modeAndroid 12L compatibility mode screenshotGoogle is conscious that many builders received’t all get their apps optimized. The up to date compatibility mode helps with that. Android 12L boasts higher stability and visible enhancements so compatibility mode isn’t so jarring to make use of. It’s a minor factor, however it’s doubtlessly vital as there are lots of previous Android apps with out help for foldables and bigger shows.

Google Play Retailer modificationsGoogle Play Store Download Pokemon Unite

The Google Play Retailer can also be shifting to accommodate bigger shows, nicely, barely. Individuals looking out the Play Retailer on bigger shows might even see completely different outcomes from these looking out on a telephone. The variations consequence from checks Google intends to start out making towards its large-screen app high quality tips. You may additionally see screen-specific scores that spotlight how nicely the app works on bigger gadgets versus simply smartphones. Most of those modifications ought to roll out in 2022.

Another modifications embody screen-specific scores so individuals can see how nicely the app works on bigger gadgets versus simply smartphones. Most of those enhancements ought to roll out in 2022.

Different modifications

There are another, smaller modifications as nicely. Google is now letting OEMs override display orientation to disregard an app’s particular orientation and pressure it into portrait or panorama mode. App builders are additionally being requested to check for and enhance digicam previews, media projection, numerous display sizes, multi-window mode help, taskbar interplay help, and split-screen mode help. Android 12L contains enhancements and APIs to assist with that as nicely.

Extra to look ahead to in Android 12LAndroid 12L release schedule

Android 12L is a singular OS replace. Whereas common telephones ought to get the replace, virtually all the pieces above might be turned off or unused there. (Loosen up, although, they nonetheless have Android 12 and all of its options.) As a substitute, this launch is particularly made for the quarter-billion massive display gadgets in use world wide.

Based on Google, Android 12L releases are going to happen persistently over the course of the following few months and launch formally towards the top of Q1 2022, simply in time for Android 13 developer previews to start out popping out. That ought to be late February or someday in March. This marks maybe the most important change for the corporate as Android updates at the moment are a year-round endeavor. We’ll replace this text as new Android 12L stuff comes out. Let’s see how this all seems.

Android 12L FAQs

Q: When is Android 12L going to launch?

A: Based on Google’s timeline, Android 12L ought to launch on the finish of Q1 2022. The graphic Google posted (proven under) exhibits that it ought to be late February or someday in March 2022. We’ll replace the article when the discharge date is narrowed down somewhat bit extra.

Q: Is my gadget getting Android 12L?

A: It is dependent upon your gadget. Google is launching Android 12L for 9 Pixel gadgets in batches. They embody:

Different gadgets could get it relying on the producer however we don’t have any concrete launch dates but. The Pixel 4 XL is a notable omission, although this might change. Additionally, we assume the Lenovo P12 Professional is getting it as nicely since it’s eligible for the developer preview when it launches.

Q: What gadgets are getting the Android 12L developer previews and beta?

A: The entire above Pixels ought to get the beta someday in December even when most of Android 12L’s options received’t be usable by typical telephones. The upcoming Lenovo P12 Professional can also be eligible for the developer preview, however it’s not in the marketplace but. That’s the complete checklist for now, however it might develop over time.


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