Although Google’s recent (and semi-recent) Pixel handsets were upgraded to Android 13 less than a month ago, not even Samsung could have possible followed suit so soon. Technically, this is not the newest stable OS version available. The most widely used mobile operating system in the world, Android 12L isn’t really a substantial update; rather, it “drops” a number of smaller but no less significant additions that were made to enhance user experience on the biggest screens in your pockets, handbags, and backpacks.
No one who has even the slightest knowledge of Samsung’s remarkable efforts in the software support sector over the past few years is surprised to learn how well the world’s top smartphone and tablet vendors are doing at bringing Android 12L to their compatible devices.
Android 13 is also guaranteed to arrive as an over-the-air update for both jumbo-sized slates at some point, and if history is any indication, said point could come before 2022 ends. That means you’re looking at a transitional OS promotion of sorts here, making multitasking “more powerful and intuitive” while bringing August 2022 security patches to the table as well… at least in France and South Korea, as reported by SamMobile. Of course, more countries, regions, and specific versions are set to follow in a matter of mere weeks or even days, so wherever you live, you might want to keep your eyes peeled and your fingers ready to push the download and install buttons.
We’re talking hot new foldables like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4, both of which were commercially released running Android 12L out the box last month, as well as the recently updated Z Fold 3, Z Fold 2, OG Fold, Z Flip 3, Z Flip, and Z Flip 5G oldies. On the tablet front, Samsung unsurprisingly prioritized this year’s Galaxy Tab S8-series beasts, but the 2020-released Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ powerhouses are already joining the Android 12L party with OneUI 4.1.1 goodies sprinkled on top. The two slowly aging iPad Pro rivals made their commercial debut on Android 10 a couple of years back, mind you, jumping on the Android 11 and then Android 12 bandwagon in January and December 2021 respectively.