With Android tablets making a comeback for some reason and foldable tablets becoming more mainstream, Google thought it was time to do something about Android’s typically lousy user experience on devices with larger screens. Thus, Android 12L was born, first announced in October.

A few beta releases followed that initial reveal, and today the company is “introducing” Android 12L again, this time in a more mainstream way, geared less toward developers and more toward regular users.

Android 12L’s optimizations for larger screens include dedicated notification columns and quick tiles – the former on the right, the latter on the left. With this change, you’ll have “more room to view and swipe away your notifications,” the company says.

Google reintroduces Android 12L, rolling out to tablets and foldable devices later this year

Settings has a two-column display on such larger screen devices, although some variations of this have already been implemented by many Android device makers. Still, it’s good to see it finally baked into “stock Android”.

Google reintroduces Android 12L, rolling out to tablets and foldable devices later this year

The biggest new feature in Android 12L is probably the new taskbar. This will save app icons for you and help you multitask faster, but not just because it’s always visible and you can tap an app icon to get to it quickly.

Google reintroduces Android 12L, rolling out to tablets and foldable devices later this year

You can also drag and drop any app from the taskbar to enter split screen mode. In case you were wondering, there’s still a status bar at the top with the time, notification icons, as well as the connection icons and battery capacity – it seems only Windows has figured out how to integrate these all into one bar.

That’s about it for user-centric features. Google expects to bring Android 12L “to your favorite tablets and foldable tablets with planned updates from Samsung, Lenovo and Microsoft”. When? “Starting later this year”, which can literally mean anything. Hopefully a less vague time frame will be offered by the three companies mentioned in Google’s announcement, although it can’t just be that we notice a lot of missing names on that list, right?

Source

This post Google reintroduces Android 12L, rolling out to tablets and foldable devices later this year

was original published at “https://www.gsmarena.com/google_introduces_android_12l_again_rolling_out_to_tablets_and_foldables_later_this_year-news-53456.php”