The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 should be improved with new Android 12L update

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

The foundation of One UI 4.1.1 is Android 12L, which was created primarily for devices with larger screens. The Lenovo P12 Pro tablet received the update first, and Samsung and Microsoft promised to add it to their devices later.

With Android 12L, you can view two screens simultaneously and multitask more effectively thanks to a taskbar and a new two-column layout. You may now drag and drop programs from the taskbar onto the screen to activate split-screen mode. A brand-new two-finger gesture is also included that enables you to switch between split-screen and full-screen mode.

Notifications and Quick Settings take advantage of the extra screen real estate in Android 12L.

Samsung doesn’t add anything too significant on top of Google’s update, aside from a way to set custom backgrounds for callers and the ability to search for the information within documents on the My Files app.

 This version of One UI shipped with the new Galaxy Z Fold 4and Galaxy Flip 4 that Samsung released earlier this month. 

The One UI 4.1.1 update will likely come as a welcome update to 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 quickly slam into the limits of Android.” The rollout of One UI 4.1.1 should help remedy this issue and make the operating system work better with a larger screen.