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Samsung confirms Android 12L update for the Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra

The Galaxy Tab S8 in its Book Cover Keyboard case. (Image source: Samsung)
The Galaxy Tab S8 in its Book Cover Keyboard case. (Image source: Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra already offer various software optimisations to make use of their large displays. However, Samsung has now confirmed that Android 12L is planned for the three tablets to simplify multitasking further.

Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy Tab S8 series, which arrives with One UI 4.1 and Android 12. While Samsung's version of Android contains many practical features not found elsewhere, such as DeX, the company plans to adopt Google's mid-cycle revision of Android 12.

According to 9to5Google, a Samsung spokesperson is quoted as having confirmed:

We are in constant conversation with our collaborators at Google and Android, and we're committed to bringing Android 12L to our tablets in the future. Currently, we do not have a set timeline for when Android 12L will be available on these devices.

Presumably, Android 12L will arrive as a One UI update for the Galaxy Tab S8 series, rather than in its stock form. Android 12L brings several improvements to devices with large displays, such as a built-in taskbar for frequently-used apps. Also, it is possible to drag an app icon to one half of the screen to open it in split-screen view.

Theoretically, it should be possible to display more content on a screen than using a full-screen app. However, One UI contains more multitasking features than stock Android does, including its triple window management. Hence, it remains to be seen what Android 12L elements Samsung brings to One UI, whenever Google finalises the update.

(Image source: Samsung)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-02-10 (Update: 2022-02-10)