Google unveils developer preview of Android 12L

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Google has introduced a developer preview of optimizations that tweak its Android 12 mobile platform for large screens, called Android 12L.

Due in early-2022, Android 12L refines the Android system UI to optimise notifications, quick settings, the lock screen, the home screen, system apps, and other areas of the OS for large screens. Android 12L is focused on tablets, foldables, and ChromeOS devices.

Along with Android 12L, Google is releasing new APIs, tools, and guidance intended to make it easier to build Android apps for large screens. Changes also are being made to the Google Play app store to assist with discovery of large-screen apps.

Other new capabilities introduced in Android 12L:

  • To make multitasking more powerful and intuitive, a new taskbar on large screens lets users switch to favored apps on the fly. Split-screen mode has been made more discoverable. All apps are enabled to enter split-screen mode regardless of whether the apps are resizable.
  • Compatibility mode has been improved with visual and stability improvements to offer a better letterboxing experience. Letterboxing has been made customisable by device manufacturers.