Google has announced its first beta release of Android 12L, an update designed to give its operating system a better experience across tablets and larger foldable phones.
And while the first beta is still largely up to the developers, it might be a chance to see what Google is working on more than the developer preview.
And with Android 12L, Google is adding a two-column layout for large screen devices. This allows you to get more information at once. For example, quick settings and notifications can be displayed side by side.
The company is also working on improving multitasking. This allows you to drag an app into split-screen mode from the taskbar (which you can also use to quickly switch between apps).
The taskbar works like the taskbar across a Windows machine. It shows icons of your favorite apps at the bottom of the screen for quick access.
As with the developer preview, the company says you should be able to run the beta via a physical large screen device if you have a Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, although it says the beta won’t be available until a later date.
And if you don’t have one of these devices or don’t want to wait, you can also play the Android 12L beta in one of the Emulators To get a sense of what it looks like when it becomes widely available.
Google didn’t mention many changes
The search giant also says that you can install Android 12L via a supported Pixel device. Which List It currently includes the Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4A, Pixel 4A (5G), Pixel 5A, and Pixel 5A. But you won’t be able to test the big screen UI.
And in case you are testing apps using the new Android 12L APIs. You can register your Pixel device for an antenna update.
The company mentioned few changes in its announcement. The next beta is expected to arrive sometime in January, according to the launch plan published by Google.
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