Android is constantly improving and developing and the platform has evolved over the years to become one of the most influential operating systems in the world. The most recent version of Android 12, the anti-climactic AOSP source code drop is coming in early October.
A few weeks later, Google launched the Pixel 6 Series and created the Pixel Series. At that point, we already knew what was going to happen, though we knew it would be called “Android 12L” and the first beta release for the Pixel lineup would come in December. Android 12L Developer Preview 1 is now available for Lenovo P12 Pro and you can already install it.
Interestingly, we already know a lot about what Google has planned for Android 12L. The update is primarily focused on large-screen foldables and tablets, so Google has partnered with Lenovo to launch the first developer preview.
At present, there are not many things that can be tested on a regular smartphone. Android 12L does nothing more than adjusting the layout of multiple system interfaces to take advantage of larger displays with a screen width greater than 600dp, which means you need a tablet to view them.
As a result, the changelog for Android 12L Developer Preview 1 is too short and this is something we have already seen documenting.
What’s new – Android 12L Developer Preview 1
- ‘Copy apps& data’ in OOBE is not supported.
- Fingerprint unlock is not supported
- Face Unlock is not supported
- TOF sensor-related function is removed
- Stylus key function is not supported but basic function works
- Touchpad functions with two fingers are not supported
- Touchpad swipe up/down/left/right with 3 or 4 fingers are not supported
- Miracast function is not supported
- Screen output via cable (extended screen) can be supported when force desktop mode> is turned on in developer menu.
- Cast Via HDMI (extended screen) can be supported when <force desktop mode> is turned on in developer menu.
- VPN is not tested and may not work properly
- WIDI is not supported
- Please manually connect keyboard to your device via bluetooth to display battery info of keyboard in Settings.
You can do a rollback using Lenovo’s official rollback tool, but again, it also wipes the data on your device and requires the Windows operating system to run it. If you want to try Android 12L on your Lenovo P12 Pro, you can visit the official developer site to learn how to install it.
Samsung Galaxy S23 to use Huawei-inspired Android 13 space-saving feature
Google released two Android 13 beta updates for its Pixel users that reveals that the new Android Operating System is bringing many new features and improvements for the owners. One of the features that the company will be adding seems to be inspired by Huawei’s space-saving file system format.
According to Esper’s report, all smartphones that will come pre-installed with Android 13 OS, including the Samsung Galaxy S23 series, will use the Enhanced Read-Only File System. EROFS was created by Xiang Gao when working as an engineer at Huawei.
The Chinese tech maker created EROFS for inclusion in the Linux kernel, which forms the basis of Android. Thus, Google feels prepared to make EROFS the preferred file system for read-only partitions for Android.
This technology offers significant advantages over existing file systems, including space-saving compression and speed. It will direct to potentially faster update downloads and a little less storage space lost to the system.
Further, the system partition is usually read-only therefore shortening it is an adorable option to save space on files that only change when the system is updated. However, most compression systems have effective performance hits, which is a limitation that EROFS specifically addresses.
You might think that the feature will be available to all devices that will receive the Android 13 update. But no, EROFS is only coming to the devices that will launch with Android 13 OS and only those that have Google’s services built-in.
Samsung Android 13 Beta could be available in these 7 markets
Google’s running the Android 13 Public Beta program with the help of some non-Pixel handsets manufactured by different OEMs. Samsung is expected to bring the One UI 5.0 with the Galaxy Android 13 Beta upgrade, while, it could be available in only 7 markets across the planet.
Unlike Google’s Android Beta testing, Samsung doesn’t bring the same treatment to Galaxy consumers in all regions, while the One UI Beta activity remains limited to 7 markets, every year. If Samsung continues last year’s program, the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta will be available in the below-mentioned markets:
- South Korea
- The US
- The UK
Samsung’s Android 13 Beta program is expected to launch by July this year. The Galaxy S22 will be the initial Samsung smartphone lineup to receive the major OS upgrade ahead of its Stable release. However, the company will expand it to more Galaxy phones such as the Galaxy S21, Z Fold 3, and Z Flip 3.
Android 13 OS
Since February 2022, Google is working on the Android 13 operating system for mobile phones. Starting Developer Preview, the new version of Android OS has reached the Public Beta 2 milestone, bringing the Public release quite closer. We are covering all Android 13 features in detail, which you can EXPLORE HERE.
Samsung will give farewell to Galaxy Note series with Android 13 upgrade
After receiving the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 updates, Samsung fans are getting bored with regular security patches. While Google showcased the new Android 13 OS, Samsung Galaxy S and Note flagship owners are eagerly waiting for it along with One UI 5.0.
Google’s new mobile platform brings new features and privacy tools for the Pixel smartphone owners alongside minor tweaks in the user interface. All of the changes that Google is making in Android 13 will be seen in the One UI 5.0 except for the UI.
Aside from this, the Korean tech giant is likely to introduce a third variant of the Android 12-based One UI alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 in August. The anticipated One UI 4.1.1 update might bring some new features, better system optimization, and stability.
Thanks to Samsung’s software upgrades policy, we’ve plenty of ideas over which Galaxy devices will be getting the next major OS upgrade. At the same time, the previous rollout timelines help us accurately speculate the release timeline every year.
Samsung stopped making new Galaxy Note phones, after the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 series. Therefore, the Android 13 will be like a farewell gift to the Samsung Galaxy Note series as it will be their third and last major upgrade for eligible Notes.
Samsung Galaxy Note Series Android 13 Upgrade
- Galaxy Note 20 LTE
- Galaxy Note 20 5G
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra LTE
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
Note: SammyFans compiled the Galaxy Note series Android 13 eligible device list on the basis of Samsung’s upgrade policies. The parent Galaxy Note 10 series won’t get One UI 5.0, while its affordable variant is even compatible with another major upgrade.