Google has released the first beta version of its Android 12L upgrade, which is intended to improve the experience of its operating system on tablets and big folding phones.
While Beta 1 appears to be primarily aimed at developers, it may be an opportunity to see what Google is working on in a (slightly) more polished form than the developer preview.
Google is introducing a two-column style for smartphones with bigger screens in Android 12L, allowing you to access more information at once. For example, your quick settings and notifications can be displayed concurrently. Google is also attempting to improve multitasking by allowing you to move an app from the taskbar into split-screen mode (which you can also use to quickly switch between apps).
As with the developer preview, Google claims that if you have a Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, you should be able to run the beta on an actual large-screen tablet, but it does state that the beta will not be accessible until “a later date.”
If you don’t have one of them lying around or don’t want to wait, you can run the 12L beta in an emulator to get a sense of how it’ll appear when it’s more widely accessible.
Source: The Verge
You’ll also be able to install 12L on your “compatible Pixel device,” which currently covers the Pixel 3a through the Pixel 5a, though you won’t be able to test out the large screen UI.
However, if you just want to be on the cutting edge, or are testing out apps that utilize 12L’s new APIs, you may enrol your Pixel here. Keep in mind that it’s probably a touch rough around the edges, being the initial beta.
Even though the finished upgrade isn’t due until next year, if you have the appropriate device, you may start testing it today.