Why is it important: Android 12 is a significant visual overhaul from previous versions, showcased by Google on its latest Pixel 6 phones. In fact, things are so different that the company plans to release a special Android 12L variant optimized for large screen devices such as tablets and foldables. devices. Think of it as iPadOS in the Android world, which, if given enough attention from Google, third-party hardware manufacturers, and end users, could make Android tablets interesting again.
There are several reasons the iPad ranks in our top 3 tablet categories, and the most compelling of these is Apple’s iPadOS. While Android tablets have struggled to keep up for years in terms of hardware and design, their meager software experience makes them unworthy of the attention of most users, with the exception of diehard Android fans or shoppers on a tight budget.
This is partly to blame for the fact that Google does not pay enough attention to this form factor and inappropriate execution, but this may soon change with the advent of Android 12L: a special version of Android 12 with Material You development language for large screens with an optimized user interface of the system, improved multitasking and improved application compatibility support.
Google notes that Android 12L will make the interface “beautiful and easy to use” in many areas such as notifications, quick settings, home screen and overview, will appear in early 2022 as “add-on functionality” for Android 12 tablets, foldable devices and Chromebook.
This includes using a two-column layout for notifications and quick settings to package more content and functionality on larger screens. For greater accessibility, the lock screen will now display PIN and pattern unlock controls, allowing the user to touch the blank side to move those controls to it. Collapsible elements will also benefit from an improved home screen grid and improved expand-to-open transitions for a smoother user experience.
What’s more, these devices will now have a taskbar at the bottom to make it easier to multitask and switch apps. The taskbar will make it easier to enter split screen mode by allowing users to simply drag and drop an application from the taskbar to the home screen. Google notes that starting with Android 12, all apps will also be able to switch to multi-window mode.
For third-party apps running in Compatibility Mode, developers can now fine-tune the user experience with the mailbox by adjusting the aspect ratio of the app, applying rounded corners, and setting the status bar to be transparent.
Google says the Play Store will also highlight optimized apps for large screen devices, and introduce a stricter quality control process that will alert users if an app is not optimized for their device. Android 12L is expected to release early next year with developer preview (guide and emulator) is now available for developers to get their apps ready for prime time.