Samsung phones will disable the Android 12L taskbar

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is Samsung's first phone to run Android 12L. The new OS has also been released for the Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S8, and Galaxy Z Fold 3. It brings all the features Google designed for larger-screen devices, including the taskbar.

Users can launch their favorite applications from anywhere using the taskbar. It simplifies app switching and improves split-screen multitasking. However, Samsung's implementation of the taskbar in One UI 4.1.1 is slightly different from the existing Android 12L. According to 9To5Google, the taskbar in Samsung devices is disabled when users use third-party launchers.

To see why Samsung disabled the option, users must force the operating system to allow the taskbar, even when using a third-party launcher. To bypass this restriction, users must navigate to the Settings » Display » Navigation Bar on the device and scroll down to find the other section. Even with a third-party launcher, clicking it brings up the option to open the taskbar.

However, when users use the taskbar with a third-party launcher such as Niagara, they quickly notice that the taskbar is still visible even in the multitasking menu. Users can see application icons at the bottom of the taskbar and multitasking menu. The whole UI looks out of place. This is not the only problem. The launcher also crashes sometimes and sometimes doesn't show any apps. The user has to turn the taskbar on and off to resolve this issue.

On some Android 12Ls (at least on Pixel devices), the taskbar appears even with third-party launchers. Similar to Samsung's One UI 4.1.1, though, these Android 12Ls continue to show the taskbar in the multitasking menu. Sometimes it doesn't sync the icons on the taskbar with the icons in the launcher Dock.

So this seems to be an issue with Android 12L itself. Until Google provides a fix for this issue, users who want to use the taskbar on Galaxy devices are better off using the existing Samsung launcher.

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