The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 arrived yesterday, and immediately went up for pre-order. The new foldable flagship comes with One UI 4.1.1 out of the box and has plenty of new features for optimal multitasking that were developed “with partners”, Samsung said.
With all the focus on the new camera and design changes one of its novelties went overlooked. The Galaxy Z Fold4 is the first smartphone to officially ship with Android 12L.
Google initially introduced the L version back in October 2021 and then reminded us about it six months later. L stands for Large screens, which means foldables, tablets, and Chrome OS devices. It can be installed on any device, but it is optimized for multitasking and apps are redone to adapt to big screens.
Google apps come in two columns, which is easier to navigate on a square-ish display, and select productivity and social media apps are also aware when the device is folded so they switch in their regular orientation.
The Android 12L now comes only on the Fold4, the clamshell Flip4 is better suited to running the regular flavor of Android, despite the folding panel.