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Android 12L Debuts On Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung Devices

Android 12 UI

The latest version of Android has launched on Lenovo, Microsoft and Samsung devices.

Named Android 12L, the new operating system has been optimised specifically for use on tablets and foldable devices.

“Today we’re introducing 12L, an update to Android 12 with features that will make tablets and foldables simpler and easier to use” said Google’s VP of engineering for Android, Andrei Popescu.

Android 12L’s new notification shade.
Credit: Google

The core mindset behind the update is to make better use of devices with larger screens, allowing users to interact with multiple applications at once, quickly switch between different programs and seamlessly manage notifications.

New features include a two-column layout for settings and setup, a taskbar not unlike the one you would find on a windows device and a brand-new notification shade.

A demonstration of the Android 12L taskbar.
Credit: Google

Now it comes as no surprise that Lenovo are ready to adopt the new UI update, as their P12 Pro tablet is already able to run a beta version of Android 12L.

However, there has been no information regarding which devices from Microsoft and Samsung will be adopting the operating system updates, but it is likely that Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices and Samsung’s foldable phones will see UI and ease of access changes.

“We’ll continue to build more features and functionalities to help you make the most of your larger screen devices in Android 13 and beyond,” Popescu writes.

While phones and other devices will not qualify for the new update, it seems that Android is dedicated to improving the experience for consumers, and plan to incorporate future updates across the board.


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