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Google previews Android 'L,' the next evolution of the operating system

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 Jun 2014 22:51 User comments (4)

Google previews Android 'L,' the next evolution of the operating system Google unveiled the next iteration of Android today, codename "L," most likely for Lollipop, Licorice, or Lemon Meringue.
The operating system brings a full visual reboot, along with some much-awaited features for the user experience. The OS will also be the basis of Android TV and Android Auto.

With over 5000 new APIs in the update, the update is certainly huge and will likely be considered Android 5.0.

The Android buttons have become minimalistic, Gmail has a brand new interface, and the icons have all been rounded. The Keyboard has been updated, as has the quick settings notification menu. There are additional do-not-disturb options included, as well. All of Google's most used apps (dialer, Hangouts, etc) will have the new theme. Google says the default Android font will be updated to work across all types of devices, including Auto and TV.

Google has merged the lock screen and notification menu, making the lock screen more interactive, and more Google Now-esque. Google has created transitions and animations that move at 60fps, a nice improvement for the visual elements of the OS. Multitasking has been updated, as well, with stacked cards showing the recently used apps and recently visited web pages.

Performance should see significant improvements with L, as it runs exclusively on Android Runtime with an additional Android Extension Pack for better higher-fidelity graphics when playing games or watching videos.

Finally, Google has introduced remote wipe and improved gestures.



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4 user comments

126.6.2014 11:18

Whats with the stupid shapes replacing the navigation bar buttons?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 26 Jun 2014 @ 11:21


226.6.2014 12:24

More to the point what's with having to root even dual core phones with 1gb+ of RAM to run it?

I really don't get why the newer Android OS's are effectively blocked from earlier phones even though rooting proves they have the hardware to run them.

It's not always a big deal but a lot of us keep our phones for 2 or 3 years before updating & being unable to (officially) use some software is a real PITA.

326.6.2014 16:44

I'm waiting for Android BBQ Ribs. Done with KitKats and JellyBellies. Bring on the main course Google!! HA!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 26 Jun 2014 @ 16:44

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