It’s been a little over a month since Google released the first Android 12L beta. This version of the software is expected to be designed more with tablets and foldable phones in mind, but it’s currently available for select Pixel devices.
Yesterday, Google released Android 12L Beta 2 which includes the January security patch, along with quite a few bug fixes, which is to be expected given that Android 12L is still in beta and there are a lot of things that need to get worked out. As Google normally does, the company published its changelog, detailing what has been fixed, along with some issues that you may still find yourself running into. Here are some of the key bug fixes that were solved in this release:
- 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)
- 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.
Release date: January 12, 2022
Emulator support: x86 (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
Security patch level: January 2022
Google Play services: 21.45.15
Android 12L Beta 2 is already available for select Pixel phones, along with Lenovo’s P12 Pro tablet. However, if you were hoping to get the update on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, you’re out of luck. The company has yet to include its latest flagship phones in the mix, which is a bit of a surprise. Given the company’s recent issues with the December update, maybe Google is just waiting until the kinks are worked out before bringing 12L to the Pixel 6 lineup.
If you are already running Android 12L, the update should be available on your device now. You can also try out 12L by setting up a virtual device in Android Studio if you don’t want to put the beta on your phone.