Google brings Android 12L for foldable phones, tablets, and ChromeOS devices

San Francisco: Google has announced a new Android 12L for large screens just days after releasing Android 12. But, it is not a new version of Android, but a special feature drop that makes Android 12 even better on large screens, said Google.
The Android 12L will provide an improved user interface to users of tablets, foldables and Chrome OS laptops having a screen larger than 600 dp. The new UI is claimed to be more refined and brings tweaks across elements such as notifications, quick settings, lock screen, overview, home screen, and more.

The Android 12L comes with a new two-column layout for the notification shade, lock screen, and other system surfaces. These two column layouts show more information and are easy to use. Apart from this, Android 12L also has a new taskbar that allows users to instantly switch to their favourite apps. This taskbar also makes split-screen mode more discoverable. Android 12L lets users drag-and-drop app from the taskbar to run an app in split-screen mode.

Google said that “To make split-screen mode a better experience in Android 12 and later, we’re helping users by automatically enabling all apps to enter split screen mode, regardless whether the apps are resizable.”

Android 12L is said to have added various new APIs for developers, along with a new API level.

“In 12L we have refined the UI to make Android more beautiful and easier to use on screens larger than 600sp across notifications, quick settings, lockscreen, overview, home screen, and more. Try your app with the UI updates,” the company said in a blogpost.

The developer preview of Android 12L is now available for developers who want to give it a try, as well as a new Android 12L emulator and support for it in Android Studio.

Google announced the launch of Android 12L for large screen devices in a new blog post on October 27. It plans to released the Android update early next year, and the tech giant is working with OEM partners to bring the new update. Lenovo Tab P12 Pro will be the first device to receive the Android 12L developer preview.

In addition to Android 12L, Google also announced new features in OS and Play for developers to better support these devices, reports TechCrunch.

These include updates to its Material Design guidance for large-screen devices, but also updates to Jetpack Compose to make it easier to build for these machines and to ensure that apps can more easily adapt to various screen orientations and sizes.

Android Studio is also getting a resizable emulator to help developers test their apps on a wider variety of screen sizes and a new visual linting tool to surface UI warnings and suggestions when the layout has issues.

As for Google Play, the company will now check apps against its large screen app quality guidelines and its search rankings will take the results of this into account.

“For apps that are not optimised for large screens, we’ll start warning large screen users with a notice on the app’s Play Store listing page,” the tech giant said.

(Inputs from IANS)

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