Google today announced Android 12L, a version of Android 12 optimized for tablets and foldable devices. Android 12L will optimize the system UI to make it easy to use on a large screen — notifications, quick Settings, lock screen, overview, home screen, and more.
On large-screen devices, the notifications bar takes advantage of space by showing quick Settings and notifications in a new two-column layout, and the lock screen also uses a larger two-column layout to highlight notifications and clocks and is optimized for system applications like Settings.
The new system also makes it easier to interact on the big screen. For example, the lock screen pattern and PIN password bar on tablets can now be displayed independently on one side of the screen for easy access, and users can simply tap on the other side of the screen to move the PIN/ pattern control to that side.
For foldable devices, Google optimized the home screen and optimized the animation of the foldable unfold transition, allowing users to seamlessly switch from a single screen to a larger unfold screen, enhancing continuity while retaining their personalized options.
Android 12L adds a new taskbar that makes it easier to launch and switch apps instantly. With gestures, users can use the taskbar more quickly, such as dragging and dropping into split-screen mode and swiping up to go home. In gestures, a quick switch between gestures lets the user scroll through the most recent application. Users can also hold down to show or hide the taskbar at any time.
Running apps on a split screen is a common way to multitask on larger devices, and in Android 12L, Google made the split screen mode easier to read and use. Users can now drag and drop their favorite apps into the split screen directly from the taskbar, or they can use the new “split screen” action in the overview to initiate split mode with a tap.
Google has improved the mailbox interface by overwriting the configuration so that Oems can offer many options for customization. For example, phone makers are now free to configure aspect ratios, or to apply rounded corners to App Windows and adjust the transparency of the status bar.
To make it easier for users to find the best App experiences on tablets, foldable devices and Chrome OS devices, Google has also optimized the Play Store to highlight apps optimized for its devices.
Google plans to release an official version of Android 12L in early 2022, igeekphone has learned, in a bid to make it available on the next wave of Android 12 tablets, Chromebooks, and foldable devices.