Google unveiled Android 12L last week, along with a glimpse into the future of Android UI on larger screens. Google implied that their foresight into many mobile devices indicates that a greater emphasis on large-screen devices is required. Today, we’ll look at what Google’s “Android 12L” software will include for Google Pixel devices.
The Google Pixel initiative is the most recent example of Google’s hardware development for Android. Google’s efforts generated software that functioned inside the OS to allow the corporation to provide services for profit. At the same time, Android was designed as open-source software so that anybody could use it. Google has a gadget with the Nexus series of smartphones to give developers the essential Android experience.
The Nexus line was eventually discontinued, and the Pixel series was launched in its place. The Pixel smartphone range isn’t as developer-friendly as the Nexus line. The Google Pixel is a consumer-facing device that may also serve the same goal as the Nexus line: ensuring that Google’s Android intelligent device OS experience is ready for the real world.
An Android Beta program has aided Google’s Android development in recent years. This program primarily targets Pixel smartphones, with some 3rd-party manufacturers seeking to include their devices so that developers may quickly access the latest Android features on their hardware.
Google has a peculiar dilemma on its hands with the introduction of Android 12L. They’re working on an operating system for big screens and morphing screens, but there isn’t yet a Pixel smartphone that meets all criteria.
Despite this, Google will allow the most recent versions of Google Pixel smartphones to participate in the Android Beta program, with a December 2021 release date. There will be separate releases in December 2021, January 2022, February 2022, and “Q1 2022.” Beta 2 begins in January with Final APIs, Beta 3 follows in February with incremental changes, and Google plans to release Final Release in Q1 (likely March).
You’ll be able to join the Android Beta program for Android 12L in March if you have a Google Pixel 4, 4a, 4a (5G), 5, 5a with 5G, Pixel 6, or Pixel 6 Pro.
We’re hopeful that this won’t lead to a repeat of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb scenario. We were so enthralled by any minor UI tweak or feature update back then that we tested everything on any Android device we could get our hands-on.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb was designed for all Android devices but with a particular emphasis on tablets. In 2021 and 2022, Google appears to be far more aware of the beast’s hungry nature, so we’re holding out hope that we won’t witness dual-screen lunacy on a Palm Phone and keeping my fingers crossed for sanity!