Google may let users customize the taskbar style on tablets and folding screen devices, according to the latest Android 14 beta.
Mishaal Rahman of Android Police spotted a hidden ENABLE_TASKBAR_PINNING flag in Android 14 Beta 3, showing that Google plans to allow users to choose between “persistent” or “Ephemeral” mode.
The “persistent” mode was introduced in Android 12L and will allow the taskbar to always appear at the bottom of the device screen, occupying its entire length horizontally. Users can place six apps on the taskbar and quickly tap to switch apps or drag an app into the split-screen mode for more efficient multitasking.
In the latest Android 14 beta, this taskbar mode flag is not enabled by default, so users can only use the “ephemeral” mode. It needs to be clarified when Google will officially launch this feature. However, if this feature is available when Android 14 is officially released, it will be a welcome option for Google, which has just released Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold.
Google is expected to release the official version of Android 14 in August, but one or two more beta versions are expected before the official version arrives.