A couple of days ago, Google officially released the second beta version of the Android 12L software system, following the first developer preview in October and the first beta release last month. The Android 12L beta 2 arrived with minor yet important bug fixes and January 2022 Android security patches.
Meanwhile, it seems that the changelog for the update didn’t reveal all of the changes and features that the company has made in Android 12L Beta 2. A user named Mishaal Rahman claims that the fresh update includes a couple of new improvements. Let’s discuss all of them below.
Picture-in-picture windows now have a shortcut to launch the app in split-screen window. This only shows when the PiP window is on top of another app and not the launcher. pic.twitter.com/XRop2FMYtJ
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) January 12, 2022
Split-screen window shortcut
The picture-in-picture window now has a shortcut to open the app in a split-screen window. This shortcut is visible only when the PiP window is on top of another app and not on the home screen.
Another change noticed in Android 12L Beta 2 is a double-line clock. It can be enabled through Settings > Display > Lock screen. Basically, the double-line clock allows users to change the default layout of the lock screen clock when there are no notifications.
Quick turn-off airplane mode button:
Adding to the above two, the user has also spotted the quick turn-off airplane mode button on the Internet panel. When you turn on Airplane Mode and open the Internet panel, there is now a button to turn off Airplane Mode because you need to turn it off to use Wi-Fi/Cellular Data.
These Samsung Galaxy S series phones won’t get Android 13
It is obvious that no smartphone can always get updates as every company has its own update policy, according to which it sets a timeline for its phone. At that time, the company brings new updates and features to the smartphone. According to the Samsung One UI update policy, the flagship smartphones and tablets that launched after/in 2021 are compatible with four generations of major updates.
Now, if we’re talking about the Galaxy S series, then currently Galaxy S22 is the latest one that comes with a bundle of new features, impressive design, and more. Smartphones of this series will first get the update of Android 13, while the Samsung Galaxy S10 series won’t.
But there are also some smartphones in the S series that will no longer receive any major updates, which means they are not eligible for Android 13. You can check the list of Galaxy S series smartphones that are incompatible with the Android 13 update.
Samsung Galaxy S10 series won’t get Android 13
- Galaxy S10e
- Galaxy S10
- Galaxy S10+
- Galaxy S10 5G
Previously, most of the Samsung Galaxy devices received two major and two years of regular monthly security patches, and quarterly patches for the third year. Samsung revised its One UI update policy and now it offers four major Android updates for its flagship devices that launched after or in the year 2021.
Back in August 2020, the Korean tech giant stated that all major Galaxy devices that debuted with Android 9-based One UI 1.x software would receive three major OS upgrades. The announcement brings additional Android updates for the famous Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Note 10 series. And now, the Galaxy S10 series smartphones mentioned above are not eligible for any major Android upgrade, which means that will not get the Android 13 update.
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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.