There’s a brand new model of Android on the best way, and no, it’s not time for Android 13 but. Instead, Google just lately revealed Android ’12L,’ which is actually a tweaked model of its smartphone OS with a person interface optimized for larger-screen gadgets — say, tablets and folding telephones. It is actually what iPadOS 15 is to iOS 15.
Naturally, a lot of the brand new options revolve round multi-tasking and optimizing apps for the large shows of its supposed host gadgets. Here are a number of the greatest new options coming to the OS.
You know an OS is getting critical about productiveness when it provides a taskbar. Android 12L features a somewhat basic-looking taskbar on the backside of the display that means that you can simply entry your most frequent apps.
Moreover, it additionally makes it straightforward to enter split-screen mode; merely drag an app onto one facet of your display to simply bifurcate your show. Speaking of…
Split-screen all of the issues
Android 12L will pressure each app to be appropriate with split-screen mode. While this sounds prefer it might be a UI catastrophe at first look, it shouldn’t be an excessive amount of of a difficulty on large-screen gadgets.
While forcing split-screen on a smartphone-sized show may trigger issues for apps not designed for it, on a pill or foldable telephone, a split-screen app is more likely to be nearer in measurement to a daily smartphone app. That means these apps shouldn’t have to maneuver UI parts as drastically. Although I’m positive compatibility points will present up once in a while, the trade-off ought to be price it.
Dual-columns in all places
Much like iPadOS, Android 12L takes benefit of the additional display actual property through the use of twin columns in lots of eventualities. Google particularly mentions that on screens above 600dp — ‘dp‘ being a unit that helps scale the UI based on screen size — “the notification shade, lockscreen, and other system surfaces use a new two-column layout to take advantage of the screen area.”
Better compatibility with non-optimized apps
Google is making it easier for device makers to make sure apps don’t appear like a whole mess in Android 12L. Manufacturers will be capable to set particular letterboxing requirements for apps that aren’t optimized for pill use, defining particular facet ratios, nook rounded, and standing bar transparency.
While letterboxing by no means precisely appears to be like nice, this could be certain that apps are on the very least usable on the large screens, considerably akin to how the iPad handles sure apps meant for the iPhone
Is Google hinting on the Pixel Fold?
Somewhat curiously, Google says it plans “to release the 12L feature drop early next year, in time for the next wave of Android 12 tablets and foldables.” Considering Samsung solely launched its folding telephones a number of months in the past, the corporate appears to be hinting that there’s not less than yet another main folding gadget on the best way.
Google has lengthy been rumored to be engaged on a folding telephone. In reality, the most recent rumors have instructed the corporate is definitely engaged on two fashions, with type components akin to the Galaxy Z Fold and Flip. Moreover, this gadget has been anticipated to launch both on the finish of 2021 or in early 2022. Considering that is the primary time Google has launched a selected model of Android targeted on large gadgets, the timing definitely appears proper.
Still, that’s solely hypothesis at this level. In any case, it’s clear folding telephones are right here to remain, and it’s good to see Android devoting some extra assets to the large display gadgets.