Android 12 update leak paints big future for foldable phones

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Android 12 update leak paints big future for foldable phones

We’re likely only days far away from the arrival of Android 12, a subsequent big version of Google’s mobile OS. Still, it’s like there could also be a serious follow-up update that adds some particularly notable features aimed toward foldable devices. This update is currently mentioned as Android 12.1, though that’s not a politician name at this point. A leak of the build has shed light on what users can expect.

The details come from XDA, which reports that an insider gave them access to an Android’ 12.1′ build. The report first elaborates on why it’s believed Google features a big point-one update planned, then digs into the meat of the build, revealing how the upcoming versions of Android will handle large-screen foldable devices.

For example, the Android 12.1 leak reveals the power to open notifications on one side of the foldable’s screen and, therefore, the Quick Settings menu on the opposite side of the screen. The update will enable Android to raise utilize the additional visual land offered by these sorts of foldable phones. Another example of this is often, for instance, opening the Settings menu on one side of the screen, then revealing the sub-menu (Battery, for example) on the second screen.

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Perhaps more interesting is the taskbar revealed within the Android 12.1 build, which offers a desktop-like experience. Users can see which apps are open, easily drag them onto the screen, or toggle between apps by tapping the icons. The report cites a seamless transition from the taskbar to the app dock when an app is closed.

The leak goes on to explain a “slightly tweaked” interface for the recent apps and split-screen function, making the split between apps easier to perceive — though, as mentioned, Google will likely still adjust the interface before we see the update launch. Some tweaks make it easier to access the foldable functions, like a passionate ‘split’ button that eliminates the necessity to long-press app icons.

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Android 12 will bring an outsized number of features, including — a minimum of supported leaks — versions of the features detailed within the Android 12.1 leak. It seems the longer term 12.1 updates will refine many of those features while improving others and, in some cases, adding new functions specifically for foldable.