Last year Google’s developer team introduced a taskbar with the advent of Android 12L. This taskbar enables quick access to select apps from any screen, significantly improving user convenience. After that, Samsung brought support for One UI-based Android 12L with its Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, which was later expanded to Galaxy tablets.
Furthermore, Android 13 introduces an additional feature to this taskbar by incorporating a dedicated app drawer, granting access to all applications. When combined with the split-screen mode, this functionality enhances the multitasking experience, providing users with a delightful interface for managing multiple tasks simultaneously.
With Android 14, the Google team might consider offering users a new level of control over their taskbar experience. Those who have already had the opportunity to try Google Pixel Tablet or Google Pixel Fold will probably have noticed that on these devices, the taskbar is not the same as the one already seen with Android 12L but is hidden by default, anchored in the center of the screen inside a mobile bubble. And Samsung will also bring these features to its Foldables and Tablets with Android 14-based One UI 6.
Google introduced the new taskbar as the default experience for large-screen devices in Android 13 QPR2 Beta 1. This continued into Android 13 QPR2 Beta 2, solidifying its place in the operating system.
In the Android 14 Beta 3, a flag named ENABLE_TASKBAR_PINNING has been introduced. Enabling this flag allows users to switch between the new ‘transitional’ taskbar and the previous ‘persistent’ behavior, offering greater flexibility in customizing their experience.
To switch between modes, perform a long press on an empty area of the taskbar. This action triggers a pop-up menu presenting various options to choose from.
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Thanks to “Android Police“