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Google announces Android 12L for large-screen devices like Chromebooks, foldables, Android Tablets

A developer preview of Android 12L is available for emulator use and will be available on the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro soon.

October 28, 2021 / 02:23 PM IST

Google recently announced Android 12L, following last week’s unveiling of Android 12. Android 12L is Android 12 for large screens with system apps optimised for Android tablets, Chromebooks, and foldables.

The new Android 12L’s interface brings tweaks across notifications, quick settings, lock screen, overview, home screen, and more to ensure a more refined UI. Android 12L will be available in early 2022 in time for the next wave of Android 12 tablets and foldable devices.

A developer preview of Android 12L is available for emulator use and will be available on the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro soon. Android 12L public beta will also be available for Pixel devices later and arrives as an update for phones, although most of its features aren’t visible on smaller screens.

Screens above 600dp, the notification shade, lockscreen, and other system surfaces use a new two-column layout to take advantage of the screen area. Multitasking has also been improved with the addition of a new taskbar on large screens that allows users to switch between apps on the fly. Android 12L will also enable all apps to enter split screen mode, whether or not they are resizable, while the mode itself is becoming “more discoverable than ever.”