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Android 12L-based update arrives on the Galaxy Tab S8

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The Android 12L based One UI 4.1.1 has finally started landing on Galaxy Tab S8 devices, making it the first batch of tablets to receive the Samsung-flavored update (through sammobile). So far, it’s only rolling out to users in South Korea and Europe, and people in more countries will likely see the update soon.

One UI 4.1.1 is based on Android 12L, which is specially made for devices with larger screens. The update came to the Lenovo P12 Pro Tablet Firstwith Samsung and Microsoft committing to bring the update to their devices at a later date.

Android 12L adds a new two-column layout that allows you to view two different screens at once, as well as a taskbar that allows you to multitask more efficiently. With the update, you can enter split screen mode by dragging and dropping apps from the taskbar onto the screen. It also introduces a new two-finger gesture that lets you switch between split-screen and full-screen mode.

Notifications and quick settings take advantage of the extra screen space in Android 12L.
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Samsung isn’t adding anything major to Google’s update, other than a way to set custom backgrounds for callers and the ability to search for the information in documents in the My Files app. This version of One UI came with the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Flip 4 that Samsung released earlier this month.

The One UI 4.1.1 update is likely to be a welcome update for Galaxy Tab S8 users, especially those who own the massive 14.6-inch Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. In his review of the Tab S8 Ultra, my colleague Dan Seifert notes that even with Samsung’s DeX mode, “productivity workflows are quickly reaching the limits of Android.” The rollout of One UI 4.1.1 should fix this issue and make the OS run better with a larger screen.

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