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Announcement of Android 12L: a version of the system for devices with large or foldable screens

Announcement of Android 12L: a version of the system for devices with large or foldable screens
4 November 2021

A week after the announcement of the new Pixel 6\6 Pro smartphones, Google announced a new version Android 12L. It is being developed for devices with large screens, or for smartphones and tablets with folding screens. According to rumors, Google is preparing a new Pixel Fold smartphone next year. Let’s figure out what Android 12L is.

Why do you suddenly need a special version of Android?

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The market for foldable smartphones and tablets is actively developing. For example, more than 250 million foldable screen devices have already been sold. And further this figure will only increase. Moreover, there are rumors that Google is also planning to release its Pixel Fold foldable smartphone next year.


What’s new in Android 12L

The designers and developers of Android 12L want to implement a user-friendly interface for large screens. First, they need to solve the first problem of dividing the screen into several zones (multiscreen mode). And each zone can be used in different ways. For example, on the left side of the screen, a video from Youtube is played, and on the right side, a browser is open to read the article.

Application developers can follow these screen interface patterns for Android 12L:

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The next task is to make a convenient and quick transition between applications in multi-screen mode.

The concept of multitasking takes on the familiar user experience from Windows and Mac OS, where application icons are always displayed at the bottom.

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In general, the quality and usability of applications for Android devices greatly depends on the efforts of the developers.

Google is developing the platform and adding new features to create a responsive interface. Developers can follow these suggestions and update the code according to the new APIs in the platform.

For example, at developer.android.com, you can see different examples of interfaces:

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Google even posted a detailed video for developers on how to create an interface for different screen sizes.



For which devices will Android 12L be available

There are certain technical requirements for devices that can be updated to Android 12L.

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The device screen must be at least 600dp wide.

List of Pixel smartphones getting Android 12L beta today:

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When is Android 12L expected to be released?

In October 2021, Google released the Developer preview of the new version. Therefore, today any device from the list above can be updated to Android 12L beta.

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According to the published roadmap, the final version of Android 12L will be released in spring 2022.

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