Samsung starts shipping Android 12L after a six-month wait

Google may have already moved on to Android 13, but Android’s biggest manufacturer, Samsung, is only now getting around to updating devices to Android 12L. Android 12L came out in March, so Samsung’s update time is clocking in at around six months.

Yesterday, the company announced Android 12L for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, which both launched with Android 11 last year. Just before the weekend, Samsung announced Android 12L for its flagship tablet, too, with the Galaxy Tab S8 Series first on deck for updates.

Both of these devices are great candidates for Android 12L, since that release was mostly focused on big-screen devices and foldables. The headline feature is the bottom taskbar, which shows icons from recent apps, letting you easily switch between them. There are new split-screen features like the ability to see three apps at once, and you can easily launch split-screen by dragging an app out of the taskbar. There’s also a new split-pane notification panel.

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