One of Android’s strangest flaws has been the lack of native support for large screens, but Android 12.1 could fix it, according to a new report from XDA Developers. Google has yet to officially release Android 12, but the company is already reportedly working on a mid-size version that would fall between Android 12 and Android 13 next year.
The biggest change in Android 12.1, from a visual standpoint, is the optimization for larger screens. Google’s version of Android felt like an enlarged phone experience when used on larger screens like tablets and foldable devices, especially compared to Samsung Labs’ personalized experiences, which add multitasking and convenience. continuity on several screens. With Android 12.1, that will change.
According to the folks at XDA, there are a lot of changes to Android 12.1 that aim to develop Android for the growing foldable market. The lock screen and notification center, among other things, now have a split panel design that takes advantage of the larger screen sizes. A new taskbar item may appear to switch between apps as you work, and the split-screen interface has been redesigned to be more movable on large screens when using touch. Even recent apps have been redesigned to let you jump straight to the split screen from the multitasking pane. Finally, you can also go directly to the split screen from a notification – this change is not meant to be taken into account at this time.
Besides these listed changes, Android 12.1 looks set to extend the colorful Material You design language of a Google Pixel affair only to the larger Android ecosystem (provided the phone makers choose to embrace it.)
Google had been focused on creating a big-screen Android experience with Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets, leaving Android tablets to languish. With the rise of foldables, Google is once again optimizing its more mobile operating system for larger screens. The rumor mill says Google plans to launch into gaming with its own Pixel Fold before the end of the year, although Android 12.1 itself is not expected until late winter or early winter. spring.
Many of these changes are catching up with Google compared to other manufacturers of Android devices. A Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 can now launch an app from a notification, and the dock is standard on Android tablet implementations from Samsung to Realme to Huawei’s Harmony operating system. The main takeaway here is that foldable phone makers will now have to do a lot less work to get the big screen features to work on their products, and that’s a win for everyone.