Android 12L Beta 1 is here: these are the news and compatible devices

While most devices wait for the update to Android 12 we see how Google is already working on its next version. At the end of last October, the company announced Android 12L, the version of the operating system adapted to larger screens, launching its first preview in the Android Studio emulator, promising that the beta would reach the first devices in December, and this has been the case.

Google has launched Android 12L Beta on a selection of devices so that we can already test the new features that this version of Android 12, improved and optimized for tablets and folding, will offer us on real mobiles and tablets.

Android 12L Beta 1, what’s new

With the first beta of Android 12L, developers and the few compatible devices will be able to enjoy the new user experience offered by the new interface adapted to large screens, such as the new two-column design that will be displayed on screens of more than 600dp for the quick settings and notifications or the lock screen, plus other interface changes for the home screen and more.

Android 12L will also boost multitasking on large screens thanks to its new taskbar. It will allow users to quickly switch between their favorite apps on the go by simply dragging and dropping apps in split screen mode.

Other improvements in Android Beta 1 include the latest bug fixes, optimizations, and the December 2021 security patches. Also, Google has good news for developers, as they have finalized the APIs earlier than planned. Android 12L Beta 1 includes the official 12L APIs (API level 32), so you can now start creating applications that take advantage of the novelties of Android 12L.

Compatible Devices – How to Update

Android 12L Beta 1 is now available to download for the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro tablet and for the Google Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a. For the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro the update is coming soon.To update Lenovo Tab P12 Pro we have to visit Lenovo Android 12L preview website. To update the compatible Pixels to Android 12L we have to register the device in the Android Beta program so that the update reaches us via OTA.

Upcoming versions

Upcoming version of Android 12L
Upcoming version of Android 12L

Next January the second beta of Android 12L will arrive and in February the second and last beta. The final version of Android 12L is expected in the first quarter of 2022, which should arrive in March at the latest, unless there are last-minute delays.

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