Google announces Android 12L, a feature drop for large-screen devices – TechCrunch


Google at the moment introduced a preview of Android 12L, which appears like a new model of Android, however Google calls it “a special feature drop that makes Android 12 even better on large screens.”

The thought right here is to offer customers on tablets, foldables and Chrome OS laptops — something with a display screen above 600 dp — with an improved consumer interface.

The developer preview of Android 12L is now out there for builders who need to give it a attempt, in addition to a new Android 12L emulator and assist for it in Android Studio. 

But 12L can be for telephones, Google says, complicated nobody. Since you gained’t actually see many of the new options there, although, the main target proper now’s on different devices, with beta enrollments for Pixel devices launching later within the preview.

Since Google calls it a ‘feature drop’ and ‘feature update’ in its announcement at the moment, we’re not taking a look at a full fork of Android for these devices the way in which Apple break up up iOS and iPadOS. Instead, it’s an replace for large-screen devices that introduces further multitasking instruments and an optimized consumer interface. By default, Android 12L also needs to make apps look higher on these devices, too. 

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Specifically, this implies Google refined how notifications, fast settings, lock display screen, overview and the house display screen look on massive screens. System apps on Android 12L have additionally been optimized, too. 

What’s most likely most fascinating right here is the brand new multitasking options, with a new taskbar that’s a bit harking back to iPadOS. Android already supported split-screen mode on tablets, however Google notes that it’s now extra discoverable. You merely drag and drop an icon from the taskbar onto the display screen to invoke it. This additionally means each app on Android is now enabled to assist split-screen mode (one thing that developer beforehand needed to opt-in to).

Google plans to launch 12L early subsequent 12 months, “in time for the next wave of Android 12 tablets and foldable.” We ought to most likely count on to listen to a lot about Android tablets and foldable at MWC then.

In addition to Android 12L, Google additionally at the moment introduced new options in OS and Play for builders to higher assist these devices. These embody updates to its Material Design guidance for large-screen devices, but additionally updates to Jetpack Compose to make it simpler to construct for these machines and to make sure that apps can extra simply adapt to varied display screen orientations and sizes. Android Studio can be getting a resizable emulator to assist builders check their apps on a wider number of display screen sizes and a new visible linting device to floor UI warnings and strategies when the format has points.

As for Google Play, the corporate will now examine apps in opposition to its large screen app quality guidelines and its search rankings will take the outcomes of this into consideration. “For apps that are not optimized for large screens, we’ll start warning large screen users with a notice on the app’s Play Store listing page,” Google says.