Android 12L Stories August 10

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Google released Android 12L earlier this year with an updated focus on tablets and foldables, and now it’s finally getting the chance to flex that muscle. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 ships with Android 12L and its stellar taskbar, and the same is coming to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 too.

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Android 12L Stories August 5

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We’re a little over a week away from the debut of the Galaxy Z Fold 4, and the leaks continue to flow. This week, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 popped up on Amazon to show off its new design, case, and a software enhancement too.

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Android 12L Stories June 13

Samsung appears to be adopting Android 12L with its next One UI update

Android 13 is in development for Samsung, but it seems the company is finally ready to adopt Android 12L as the underlying base of its One UI skin.

Android 12L Stories June 2

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Besides tablets, Android 12L also brings a slew of features to Android Automotive OS as Google quietly detailed last month during I/O 2022, which mostly focused on the upcoming Android Auto redesign.

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Android 12L Stories May 20

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Microsoft is now offering a new version of Windows Subsystem for Android, in testing, that runs all of your apps on the latest Android 12.1.

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Android 12L Stories April 8

Android 12L comes to Galaxy S5 via unofficial LineageOS 19.1 port

Another week, another unofficial port of LineageOS 19.1 adding support for practically ancient smartphones. This time it’s the turn of the Samsung Galaxy S5, which is getting the very latest build of Android 12L courtesy of an unofficial build of the popular third-party ROM.

Android 12L Stories April 7

How to get the latest Android 12L Beta (June Feature Drop) on Google Pixel

Google’s Android 12L update finally went official with the March 2022 Feature Drop for Google Pixel devices, and will head to foldables and tablets from Samsung and others in the coming months. Just days after that launch, though, Google has released a new Android 12L beta for the June Feature Drop; here’s how to install the latest Android 12L beta on Pixel devices now.

Android 12L Stories April 1

How to get Android 12L’s taskbar on Pixel 6 and other Google smartphones

Android 12L is by no means a major update, but it does deliver one big new feature in its app taskbar. Here’s how to try the Android 12L taskbar on Google Pixel devices including the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Android 12L Stories March 30

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Google introduced a new pattern earlier this month with a beta program for the upcoming June Feature Drop for Pixel devices, and it seems that the update had some useful changes behind the scenes. Pixel 6 now supports “Direct USB Access,” which opens the door to better DAC support.

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Android 12L Stories March 27

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With the Pixel 6 and Android 12, Google redesigned At a Glance to be left-aligned and made it just open the Weather app by default. Android 12L makes it so that tapping At a Glance’s top line opens Google Calendar again.

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Android 12L Stories March 24

Some Pixel 6 owners say haptic vibrations are weaker following the Android 12L update

The March 2022 update for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro was delayed for weeks, after just rolling out a few days ago. However, it seems that some bugs have stuck around despite the delay, as some Pixel 6 owners are reporting that haptic vibrations feel weaker following the Android 12L update.

Android 12L Stories March 23

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Although Android 12L has only just come to the flagship Pixel 6 series courtesy of a delayed update, thanks to an unofficial port of LineageOS 19.1, you’re now able to install it on your 9-year-old Nexus 7 tablet.

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Android 12L Stories March 22

How to install Android 12L on your Google Pixel [Updated]

After a brief beta period, Google’s big-screen focused Android 12L update has arrived, and you can install it first on Pixel smartphones. Here’s how.

Android 12L Stories March 21

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After a two-week delay, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners today are starting to see the Android 12L update with the March Feature Drop roll out. 

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Android 12L Stories March 20

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You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. The latest impression that Google wants to impart is that Android will power the wave of large screen devices to come. Besides proclamations, the biggest sign of Google’s commitment to this effort is Android 12L, a version of the mobile OS especially for foldables and tablets. It launched at the start of this month, but it has so far only been a drop in the ocean and feels like a missed opportunity for Google to make a big splash about where Android is heading.

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Android 12L Stories March 17

Next Pixel 6 and 6 Pro patch could be available March 21

With the February security patch, many assumed that the Pixel 6 would be updated on the same day as all other Google phones going forward. Android 12L and the March Feature Drop obviously proved that was not the case, but the next Pixel 6 patch might be available on Monday.

Android 12L Stories March 16

Android 12L Beta 3 now available for Lenovo P12 Pro

At the start of March, Android 12L rolled out to Pixel phones and AOSP, while updates for Samsung and Microsoft devices are planned for this year. Lenovo is also on that list and yesterday released Android 12L Beta 3 for the Lenovo P12 Pro.

Android 12L Stories March 14

Android 12L beta on Pixel offers no official exit path, but there’s a workaround

Android 12L has been in beta for a few months, but it finally saw its formal release early last week. However, Pixel owners who had enrolled in the Android 12L beta were left with a dilemma, as there was no clear way to exit the beta track. As it turns out, there is a solution.

Android 12L Stories March 11

Privacy-focused GrapheneOS based upon Android 12L comes to Pixel 6 in latest beta

After news that custom ROM project ProtonAOSP offers Pixel 6 owners the opportunity to run Android 12L ahead of the official stable release, GrapheneOS is the second such ROM to offer the latest build ahead of Google.

Android 12L Stories March 10

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While we await Android 12L for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, the ProtonAOSP custom ROM has managed to beat Google to the punch with version 12.3.0.

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Android 12L Stories March 8

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Google officially launched Android 12L yesterday with a focus on big screens, but also a bunch of new features and tweaks for existing Pixel smartphones. In Android 12L’s final release, though, the “show touches” option for the screen recorder on Pixel devices is missing.

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Android 12L Stories March 7

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Android 12L isn’t exactly packed with features and new additions and falls very much into the “refinement” category for OS updates. It is, however, worth taking a closer look at.

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Back in October, Google announced Android 12L as an unexpected “special feature drop” to improve the OS on tablets and foldables devices. After one 12L developer preview and three betas, this next release of Android — officially version 12.1 — is launching for Pixel phones alongside the March Feature Drop, while Google detailed what’s coming for tablets and foldables.

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Android 12L Stories February 24

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Android 12L is scheduled to get its “final release” sometime next month, but it’s already quite a stable beta build. However, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners that are fully updated cannot install it at the moment. Google, meanwhile, plans to release one more Android 12L build in March.

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Android 12L Stories February 23

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Google released Android 12L Beta 3 two weeks ago and is now asking for feedback in what should be the last survey of this preview cycle.

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Android 12L Stories February 9

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The last update to the foldable and tablet-focused Android 12L is here. Join 9to5Google as we chronicle all the new features and changes in Android 12L Beta 3 for Pixel phones.

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Android 12L nears public launch today with the availability of the final Beta 3 release today for Pixel phones enrolled in the Beta Program. The Pixel 6 line is eligible for the first time this cycle.

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Android 12L is Google’s next “big” update for the platform, and it’s focused on improving the experience for bigger screens, including foldables and tablets. Alongside the launch of its Galaxy Tab S8 series today, Samsung has officially confirmed that Android 12L is coming to the company’s tablets … eventually.

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Android 12L Stories January 28

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Just over two weeks after the release for Pixel phones, Android 12L Beta 2 is now available on the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro.

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Android 12L Stories January 18

Google opens feedback survey for Pixel users running Android 12L Beta 2

The Android 12L Beta 2 software survey is now open for Pixel owners to report their experiences from the past week. 

Android 12L Stories January 12

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Just a month after the first Android 12L beta, Beta 2 has arrived and it brings with it some fairly minor but by no means insignificant new changes for our favorite mobile OS.

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The latest evidence we’ve discovered of Google’s Pixel foldable reveals a device that looks more like the Oppo Find N than the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

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Android 12 is a huge visual update, but some changes turned out to be frustrating for some users. With the latest Android 12L Beta update, Google is adding an option to turn off the two-line clock on the lockscreen.

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The preview period for the first mid-cycle update (focused on foldables, tablets, and Chrome OS) to Android in years continues today. Join as we chronicle all the new features and changes in Android 12L Beta 2 for Pixel phones.

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The Android 12L developer cycle continues today with the release of Beta 2 today for Pixel phones enrolled in the Beta Program.

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Android 12L Stories January 11

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Google’s efforts to let Android better serve bigger screens is culminating in Android 12L, but the company’s decision to abandon in-house tablets leaves the upcoming version without a device to call home. However, the recent launch of the Lenovo P12 Pro gives Android 12L its one and only official large-screened development device – Here’s what it looks like.

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Android 12L Stories January 5

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Microsoft’s Surface Duo debuted in 2020 as a unique take on a dual-screen device, but it launched with plenty of software issues that prevented it from being a success. Making matters worse, Microsoft just went an entire year without bringing Android 11 to the Surface Duo, though on the bright side, it sounds like Android 12L will be coming in the future.

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Android 12L Stories December 21, 2021

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At the moment, the Android 12L Developer Preview is only available via the Android Emulator, while the beta is coming to Pixel phones in December. A preview is also set to arrive on the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro for large-screen Android 12L development, and Google is offering a discount on the upcoming tablet. 

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Android 12L Stories December 14, 2021

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One of the much-anticipated leaked features of the Pixel 6 series was the return of face authentication. While the Pixel 6 series didn’t end up launching with Face Unlock, it could still arrive in a future update, but exclusively for the Pixel 6 Pro, according to information within the Android 12L Beta.

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Android 12L Stories December 13, 2021

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With the Android 12L Beta 1 now five days old, Google is asking Pixel owners to fill out a feedback survey. The questions are similar in nature to the original form used during the initial beta period.

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Android 12L Stories December 9, 2021

Android 12L Beta 1: Google adds a faster way to switch your wallpaper from the launcher

Android 12, at least on Pixel phones, is all about colors. The colors picked from your wallpaper control what you’ll see throughout the rest of the system, and in Android 12L’s first beta, Google is adding a faster way to change your wallpaper.

Android 12L Stories December 8, 2021

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As we’ve been expecting since the start of this year, Android is getting a new “App Pairs” feature that is live in 12L Beta 1. On phones, it replaces the previous “Split screen” approach to multitasking.

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Right off the back of a massive bug fixing OTA update for Android 12, Google has unleashed the next release — Android 12L Beta 1.

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The first beta release for Android 12L has arrived, and it’s available on Pixel smartphones. Those devices can’t fully take advantage of most of Android 12L’s large screen optimization, but we can see some of Google’s other upgrades. One notable change is that, in Android 12L, Google is introducing a new style for its Internet toggle and other quick settings.

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For the first time in four years, Google is releasing a mid-cycle update to Android that’s primarily aimed at foldables, tablets, and Chrome OS. Android 12L Beta 1 is the first release available on actual devices, specifically Pixel phones.

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At the end of October, Google announced a mid-cycle update to Android 12 focused on foldables, tablets, and Chrome OS. Beta 1 of Android 12L is now available as the first release for Pixel phones enrolled in the Beta Program.

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Android 12L Stories December 1, 2021

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Google will release the first Android 12L Beta sometime this month. Until then, those with the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro can install Android 12L Developer Preview 1.

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Android 12L Stories November 30, 2021

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Following the launch of Android 12 to Pixel devices, it’s been discovered that the update disables the once-handy volume controls for nearby Chromecast media sessions due to a “legal issue.”

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