We tested the first beta of Android 12 L on a mobile: this is the new Android for folding and large diagonal screens, The new version of Android, Android 12 , it has been official for weeks, it was released for the Google Pixel and the manufacturers are already finalizing their respective updates adapted to their proprietary layers. But that hasn’t stopped Google’s system from continuing to evolve and keep an eye on tablets and devices with a folding screen. Thus was born Android 12 L , by ‘Large’ or ‘Grande’, and the first beta is already among us. After its announcement, it only remained for the system to be released so that we could begin to test it first-hand, and Google has already done it officially. The first Android beta 12 L is now available for Pixel phones and we have downloaded and tested it on a Google Pixel 5 . For some unknown reason, the Pixel 6 will have to wait a little longer. Well, let’s tell you how it went. Android 12 L decaffeinated for mobile phones The day dawns with a message that drives us crazy Tech-savvy: “You have a system update available.” So said and done, we put our Pixel 5 to download the 240 megabytes of update and after a few minutes, and its corresponding restart and system configuration, we already have Android 12 L Beta running through the veins of our mobile phone. So it’s time to talk about their news. Let’s start with the new animations, since Android 12 L polishes some aspects that were already present and that now stand out more than before. For example, opening and closing applications is much smoother, and animations are slowed down to make them more enjoyable . When we go from an open app to the desktop we can see in more detail how the window shrinks until it disappears over the icon, and how the icon receives the window with a small bounce effect. A striking effect on small screens and that surely makes much more sense on larger screens. Another graphic effect that changes is that fades to (and from) black are now slower and smoother . Android already showed this effect when turning off the screen and turning it on, but when the animation slows down, everything is more attractive. Now we can clearly see how the desktop darkens to black when we turn off the screen, and the effect is really friendly and more attractive. When you turn on the same thing happens, and the screen turns on more slowly to let us see how the desktop (or the app that we have open) appears from the shadows. And we are also on an OLED screen, so the power on is even more natural. The animations are smoothed and the system becomes more attractive and the animations more organic There are several improvements that we have not been able to test due to the fact of being in a Pixel 5 , as they are those that depend on screens of more than 600 points inch and those that are integrated into large screens. So we couldn’t see how the new two-column taskbar works or the new multitasking options. Those options are for now outside the functions for mobile phones, at least in the one we have tested and for the first beta of the system. We know that are functions present in the emulator when we activate the option to test on tablets, by the way. Another option that for the moment is disabled (Android 12 L Beta on a Pixel 5) is the possibility of deciding how long we have to press the Home button to launch the Google assistant. In the emulator we have available up to five intermediate steps, from ‘Short’ to ‘Long’, so that we can decide how much it is necessary to press to talk to Assistant, but this option, present in the settings for System Gestures, is not yet available on phones Pixel. 2 column options not appearing in Android beta 12 L for mobile phones, neither on the normal screen nor on the taskbar. Since we are on a mobile phone, the keyboard to enter the PIN (if we do not opt for the fingerprint or it fails) continues to be displayed in the center of the screen, without changes, it is another exclusive option for tablets. Of course, we do not have available the new dock that we can test when we are emulating a tablet . Another function for large diagonal screens that does not reach mobile phones. Note: we have simulated a sufficient pixel density to activate tablet modes from the system developer options (600 dpi or more) and the beta has not enabled any of these special functions. So, either they are deactivated in this first beta or the beta knows that we are on a mobile and it does not have them installed. So, we came across a first beta of Android 12 L for mobile phones somewhat decaffeinated , with several graphic changes in animations of the system but without additions in terms of practical functionalities for day to day. It was suspected that Android 12 L would be more of an adaptation of Android 12 for screens without renowned additions and the first beta, at least the first one for mobile phones, seems to confirm this in a certain way. We will see what we find in future betas, as Google tends to hide surprises in subsequent releases of system versions. We will stay tuned.