Before Android 13 came Android 12L. The update signified Google’s return to developing its software for huge screens, which it had mostly neglected in recent years. Since foldable phones are getting more common, Android should work well on them. Android 12L debuted on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Now, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 tablets feature the large-screen OS.
A Samsung user on Twitter and SamMobile confirmed that the Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S8+, and Tab S8 Ultra are getting Android 12L. The upgrade brings the tablets up to One UI 4.1.1, which is Android 12L-based firmware. The release includes the August 2022 security patch and an extensive changelog. New taskbar and split-screen capabilities should improve multitasking on large screens.
Android 12L (One UI 4.1.1) finally arrived today for my Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G. It's a huge 2GB+ download. #Samsung #Galaxy #GalaxyTab @SamsungMobile @SamsungNL @SamsungUS pic.twitter.com/PiujhcgsXO
— Devin B. (@blue13x) August 29, 2022
Android 12L will likely stay on Samsung’s tablets and Z Fold foldables. The Galaxy Z Flip 4‘s One UI 4.1.1 runs Android 12, not 12L. Samsung is working on One UI 5, based on Android 13, therefore devices will likely go from 12 to 13. The latest version of Android already incorporates 12L’s features, so it’s not a big loss.
While thrilling, not everyone will get the update. One UI 4.1.1 seems destined for Europe and South Korea. No indication on when or if U.S. S8 tablets will get the update.
In our Galaxy Tab S8 review, we said the gadget delivered on design, performance, and versatility. Everything the S8 offers would be improved with this update, so perhaps Samsung will release One UI 4.1.1 soon.
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