Google just announced Android 12L, an operating system update for tablets, folding devices, and Chromebooks. For years, Google had ditched the tablet form factor, but with the recent success of foldables, the Mountain View giant has finally managed to act. Thanks to the Android Studio emulator, you can test Android 12L on a Windows PC, Mac or Chromebook right now. It doesn’t offer great performance, but you can test how Android 12 will run on a bigger screen. So if that interests you, follow our guide and learn how to install and use Android 12L on your PC, Mac, and Chromebook.
Try Android 12L on Windows, Mac, and Chromebook (2021)
In this article, we have included the step-by-step process to install and test Android 12L on your Windows PC, Mac, and Chromebook. Depending on your operating system, you can skip to any section in the table below.
Install and use Android 12L on Windows and Mac
To experience Android 12L on Windows 10/11 or Mac, there is only one requirement: Android Studio. You simply need to get the latest Canary version of Android Studio to test the Android 12L emulator on your device. Follow the steps below to learn how to do it:
- You will first need to download the Canary version of Android Studio. Click here and download the latest version of Android Studio Canary. It will automatically offer you the configuration file according to your operating system: ZIP for Windows and DMG for macOS.
- After downloading the file, Windows users will need to extract the ZIP file and navigate to the “bin” folder. Then you need to double click on “ studio64.exe“. Mac users can drag Android Studio to the Applications folder.
- Now, an Android Studio installer will open. Keep everything as default and click ” next“. During the installation, you will download some packages from the Internet.
- Once the installation is finished, click on “ More Actions” and choose “Virtual Device Manager” in the Android Studio window.
- Next, click on “ Create Device” in the upper left corner.
- On the next screen, go to the “Tablet” section under “Category” and choose “Pixel C” or “Nexus 9”. By the way, you can also choose the “Foldable” option from the “Telephone” section.
- Then, click on “Download” next to Sv2. For those wondering, Sv2 is the new build of Android 12L that we should try. The file size is around 1.4GB, so be patient. It should take only 5 minutes if you have a fast internet connection. After that, click “Finish.”
- Returning to the main Android Studio window, click on the “ Play” button under “Actions” for the Pixel C or Nexus 9 device that we just created in the previous two steps.
- That’s it. Android 12LTea Emulatorwill load on your Windows PC or Mac right away. Then you can experience all the new features and UI changes in Android 12L with ease.
Install and run Android 12L on Chromebook
To run Android 12L on a Chromebook, your Chrome OS device must first meet some eligibility criteria. I have lucidly mentioned all the requirements and steps mentioned below. Follow the step-by-step instructions to run Android 12L on your Chromebook.
Requirements for using Android 12L
- You need a powerful Chromebook to use Android 12L, preferably one equipped with an Intel or AMD Processor. If an ARM-based Mediatek or Snapdragon processor powers your Chrome OS device, you can’t test Android 12L right now. In the future, Google could also add support for these boards.
- You need Linux Supporton your Chromebook. So most school-issued Chromebooks may not be able to take advantage of Android 12L, at least for now. Note that Google recently allowed the use of Linux even on school Chromebooks, but it will be up to the school administrator to unlock the feature.
- Lastly, you will need Nested KVMsupport to use the Android 12L emulator on your Chromebook.
Set up Linux on your Chromebook
- First, you need to configure Linux on your Chromebook. You can follow our detailed guide to get Linux running on your Chrome OS device in no time. Make sure you allocate more than 20GBof disk space for Linux.
- After Linux installation, open Terminal and run the following command to keep everything A today.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y
- If you get any error such as “not available” or “cannot connect”, run the following command. It will change the repository from Buster to oldstable. This is one of the current issues with Linux on Chromebook. After running this command, run the above command, and this time, it will work without problems.
sudo apt-get update –allow-releaseinfo-change
- Next, you need to install Linux Java Development Kit (JDK)on your Chromebook. To do that, run the following command in Terminal.
sudo apt -y install default-jdk libnss3
Install Android 12L on Chromebook
- Next, download the Canary version of Android Studiofrom the link here. It will be downloaded in DEB file format.
- After that, open the Files app and move the DEB file to the Linux Section.
- Now open the DEB Fileand install it right away. Please note that the installation process will take some time, so be patient.
- Once the installation is complete, open Android Studiofrom the launcher. You will find it under the ” Linux” Folder.
- Now, follow the onscreen setup instructions and keep everything as default. Click “Next” and finish the setup. The installer will download some packages from the Internet.
- Once the installation is done, go to the Windows / Mac section above and follow the instructions in step # 4. From here, the steps for Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks are the same.
Once you’ve installed Android 12L on your device, see some of these new multitasking and user interface features in action:
Experience exciting new features in Android 12L
Here’s how you can set up Android Studio and run Android 12L on your Windows PC, Mac, or Chromebook. Currently, we have this new tablet and a foldable version of Android 12 through the Android Studio emulator, but we will try to install the operating system on a tablet soon. Anyway, that’s all of us in this guide. If you want to see the best features of Android 12, head over to our linked article. Also, if you are running an older version of Android, you can also get Android 12 widgets on your phone right now. And if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.