Back in October, Google unveiled the Developer Preview for Android 12L, its flavor of Android designed for large screen devices such as foldables, tablets, and ChromeOS devices. That said, it is supported for phones as well. Now, it has rolled out the first beta for the OS.
With Android 12L Beta 1, users will notice refinements across notifications, lockscreen, quick settings, home screen, and more. There is also a two-column layout (shown above in the two devices from the left) that takes advantage of the screen real estate to show you more information. It also features multitasking enhancements such as the introduction of a taskbar that allows users quick access to split-screen mode and lets them swap between their favorite apps faster.
This build also includes finalized 12L APIs for developers, optimizations to performance, and bug fixes. Developers have access to updated build tools and system images in case they want to test their apps on an Android device or an emulator. Beta 1 also comes with December's security patches in tow.
As of now, you can test Android 12L Developer Preview 1 on the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro tablet or enroll your Pixel device in the Android 12 Beta program to receive the update over-the-air once it becomes available. Alternatively, you can flash the system image to your supported Pixel device or give it a go via the Android Emulator too.