What you need to know
- Google releases the second Android 12L beta update.
- The beta fixes several bugs related to how apps are displayed.
- There are still some known issues with the latest release.
Just over a month after we received the first Android 12L beta for some of Google's best Android phones, and now the company has begun rolling out the second release to eligible devices on Wednesday. The update includes the January security patch that many Pixel phones have already received, along with several notable bug fixes.
According to the release notes, the update includes fixes for the following developer-reported bugs:
- Fixed an issue where the clock on the lock screen was not centered on the screen. (Issue #209866500)
- Fixed an issue where all the recent apps in the recent apps view showed as a black image with an "App isn't available" toast message. (Issue #210442689)
- Fixed an issue where using gestures to switch between apps sometimes left an image of the previous app's state showing over part of the current app. (Issue #211095552)
Google also lists several other bugs that were addressed in this release:
- Fixed an issue where some icons on the lock screen were too small when viewed on larger screens.
- Fixed an issue where sometimes the lock screen was not dismissed after unlocking a device.
- Fixed an issue that caused bitmap images to disappear or otherwise render incorrectly in widgets.
Users should note that Beta 2 may not display the Settings app properly on large screens. However there's a way to get around this by navigating to Settings > System > Developer options > Feature flags and enabling settings_support_large_screen.
Beyond that, some other changes were spotted in the new build, courtesy of Mishaal Rahman. That includes a new option to open a PiP window in split-screen, a new "Turn off airplane mode" button in the internet panel, and more.
XDA-Developers notes that system behaviors and APIs are finalized with Beta 2, which means there shouldn't be any major changes going forward as Google prepares the final stable release sometime this quarter.
To download the update, navigate to Settings > System > System updates and note that the OTA update could take up to 24 hours to arrive on your device.
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Not sure why I would want this on a Pixel. Isn't this trying to make some updates to work better on foldables or Android tablets? The pixels fall in neither of those categories. You also have articles here about Android 13 betas being on the horizon. Is 13 going to incorporate all the 12L stuff, or just be more for 'normal' devices. If it is carrying on all the 12L stuff, why have 12L at all?
There are actually some subtle quality of life improvements for all phone sizes (I'm on the pixel 5). Seems like some fine tuning to Android 12... Little things like haptics in the recents menu, adjustments to the fly out from the internet quick toggle, a little more fluidity to some animations... Small things like that have made a noticeably better experience for me at least.
OK. Not sure why those couldn't have been just updates, rather than designating a 'whole new' OS rev. Is 12L intended to continue on independent of 13?
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