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Android L Q&A: Post your questions here!

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Android L Q&A: Post your questions here!

Android L – it is here, but it is not. Google has already put the latest version of its platform in developers' hands, but ordinary folks won't have the chance to experience it until later this year. We, however, have it running on our Google Nexus 5 and we've been tinkering with it for the past few days. In fact, we gave it a preview already and we even compared it to the upcoming iOS 8

Still, is there anything else about the Android L release that you wish to know? If so, then you're at the right place. We've decided to have a Q&A session for Android L so that any of our readers who don't have access to the beta can learn more about what's coming. Just before you shoot your question at us in the comments below, see if it has not been already answered in a post from our Android L coverage. We'll answer your questions to the best of our knowledge in a separate article, which will be posted in a few days. 

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posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:28

1. drunkenjay (Posts: 66; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


what are the features that you find better or worse on android L compared to android 4.4 jellybean?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:34 3

2. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Android 4.4 is KitKat

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:22

23. drunkenjay (Posts: 66; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


wups my bad got confused =p

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:35 1

3. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Someone doesn't know the difference between Jellybean (4.3) and KitKat (4.4) lol

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 02:18

37. ScottSchneider (Posts: 316; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


All major updates have a mascot.. Like Kitkat Android, Jellybean Android, A Bee Android, ICS Android... What will the mascot for Android L if they dont name it Lollipop or Limepie or something... Are they going too professional from where they were by not naming it with some dessert name ? If they are not, then what will be the android design for Android "L".. Coz how you market your product always matters... also visualizing... :)

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:37 1

4. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Is android L gunna have all the performance that KitKat and jellybean had? Like project svelte and project butter?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 18:36 2

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4004; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Obviously. They aren't going to take those features away in a new version. Android L is actually going to have better performance now that ART is the default runtime.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 06:50

49. XaErO (Posts: 146; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


"They are not going to take those features away in a new version"

--
But it may happen; that bringing some new functionality in Android L may affect the performance of the feature implemented earlier (e.g. project butter) .. in that case & in my opinion; the question (posted by crazymonkey05) remains valid ..

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:14

61. RedMage1928 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


It's the first iteration of the new OS version;doubtless there will be bugs and areas to improve.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:47 2

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Why they use Android "L" instead some dessert name.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:50 4

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Do u know guys that Google using ABCD...XYZ means alphabetical order for updates.
Gingerbread as G
Honeycomb as H
Ice cream as I
Jelly Bean as J
KitKat as K
And L, I don't why just L not name.
Next version will M

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:55 2

9. sip1995 (Posts: 808; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


It could be better if they called it "Lollipop" or "Lime Pie"

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:59 2

10. EgyDroid (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Sorry to end your happiness but..........
everyone know this...
not "everyone" but most of us know

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 18:28 2

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4004; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Also Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, and Froyo (Frozen Yogurt) before that. And this is just a developer's preview, not the official release. they'll come out with a real name on the official release; probably Lollipop.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:15

62. RedMage1928 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Lifesaver?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 18:55 1

15. marbovo (Posts: 641; Member since: 16 May 2013)


lol, you just found out that now??

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 20:47 1

30. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Lol. Yep...

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 18:57 2

16. LuisM270 (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


The name is still unknown, but there would be a dessert name, probably lime cake, lime pie, lollipop

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:52

7. superkuiken (Posts: 43; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


Does every phone support it as easy, or do you need better processors and ram to get optimal performance? Is it also possible for low-range devices to run it smoothly?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:52

8. EgyDroid (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Can the developers make a custom ROM based on Android L for other than the nexus 5?
sorry for the noob question...

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 18:58 2

17. LuisM270 (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Of course, only you need to wait until final release of Android L

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:09

20. EgyDroid (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Thanks man

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 18:48

13. sip1995 (Posts: 808; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


What hardware requirements Android L has ?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:01

18. LuisM270 (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Maybe phones with at least quadcore chips and 1gb of ram, but everyone knows that any dev can port roms to any device

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 18:53

14. blazee (Posts: 270; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Have the country flags been added to the keyboard emojis?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:04

19. mc1191 (Posts: 36; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Will stock icons be redesigned to match overall flat theme of Android L?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 20:23

29. vincelongman (Posts: 1145; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Most likely, but they would probably do that for the official release
My guess is the dev preview is more to test the new features and so devs can update their apps for the newer version ART

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:17

21. JGuinan007 (Posts: 633; Member since: 19 May 2011)


IF you have a galaxy note 3 will android L work on your phone I heard it will only support 64bit chips

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:49 1

27. PowTheBowl (Posts: 82; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


It has support for 64bit chips, but it doesn't mean it won't support 32bit chips

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:18

22. JGuinan007 (Posts: 633; Member since: 19 May 2011)


why isn't it called lolli pop?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:29

24. Rixarm (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 May 2013)


How is Android's enterprise feature compare to Samsung's Knox?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:32

25. Carlitos (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Was just about to ask that question, however I do believe Google is using Samsung Knox and incorporate it on every device running Android L

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:16

63. RedMage1928 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


They worked with Samsung to get some of their Knox technology to incorporate into the new Android version.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:40

26. hafini_27 (Posts: 247; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Estimatedly when is it going to be released? The official name is Lollipop, right?

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:17

64. RedMage1928 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Neither confirmed.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 19:56

28. PowTheBowl (Posts: 82; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Hows the performance boost on ART? And do apps run on ART with little to no problems at all?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 20:55

31. Af1rPA (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Will it make the Moto X take better pictures?

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:18

65. RedMage1928 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Motorola is in charge of their cameras;they didn't use googles camera app so it's really up to them how it performs.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 21:25

32. m3taz (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


do we still have the lock screen widgets or we are just stuck with the camera app and the contacts app??

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 21:48

33. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 92; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


How is Android Wear better than it's competitors, like the Samsung Galaxy Gear Two?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 22:00

34. silvergate (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jul 2014)


Where is the "Universal Data Control" referring to the keynote of I/O 2014?
Is it in fact an alias of App Ops?

Currently it is clear we can still have access to the App Ops just like 4.4.2~4.4.4 by installing a shortcut-app into /system/priv-app/ to call App Ops's fragment bundled inside settings app.

one of these shortcut-app is com.findsdk.apppermission which can be found on play store.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 23:25

35. Pravas (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 May 2014)


when we r going to see nexus 6 ?

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 01:13

36. saiki4116 (Posts: 350; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Do we have a dismiss all Notification option in Redesigned Notification Panel. If you have used Android L for sometime, What is your opinion on the new recents apps menu(as it can display only 3 apps at a time) as far as usability is concerned

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 02:19

38. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


why wont they put folders in the app draw it annoys me so much

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 02:30

40. andynaija (Posts: 458; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Why would they?...

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:19

66. RedMage1928 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


The point of having folders is not needing to go through the drawer.It would be counter-intuitive.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 02:21

39. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Will lenovo k900 get android L update.???????

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 03:51

41. gnppw (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


will lg g pro 2 get the update?

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 03:58

42. mobigeek (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


When will note 3 exynos get android L

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 04:01

43. mobigeek (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Is android L the final name or final version will be called something like lollypop or ladoo?

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 04:45

44. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 156; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


You're all wrong, the official name is Android Lick - that is all..

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:13

60. RedMage1928 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


I was thinking theyd go for another advertising tie-in.Maybe Lifesaver.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 10:19

67. RedMage1928 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Lolicon*

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 05:04

45. GamePlayer (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Do the on-screen buttons look worse than the ones in 4.4? For Some reason they look a bit worse to me.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 06:26

46. XaErO (Posts: 146; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I read that Android L is bringing some ground-breaking camera related APIs .. Would that mean; that the Stock Android can produce stills/videos even better than something we have seen so far on Nokia or Samsung ??

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:39

58. LuisM270 (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Yes, is supposed to

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 06:30

47. XaErO (Posts: 146; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Android L brings new 64bit architecture (via ART) .. How much performance boost do you anticipate with this ?? or how much performance improvements it may bring over current 32bit architecture flagship crops ??

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 06:33

48. XaErO (Posts: 146; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Can Android L also be efficiently run on a 512MB RAM ?? .. Just like Android Kitkat ??

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 06:58

50. XaErO (Posts: 146; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Android L brings ART as default runtime .. would this affect the apps that are currently designed, keeping Dalvik (32bit) in mind ?? or Do the app developers have to change it and make it compatible with Android L's ART runtime ??

Because if these apps need to be modified to be compatible with ART runtime; then Android L will face big issues with "No or Minimum Number of Compatible Apps" till the time developers make it compatible apps for it ..

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 07:24 1

52. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4004; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Developers do need to make their apps compatible with ART, but the good thing is that KitKat made ART known so developers could optimize their apps long before the release of Android L. I've been running ART on my phone for a couple months and I've had no problems with app compatibility so far, so developers have been doing well.

Also, ART and all the upcoming 64 bit chips are compatible with 32 bit applications.

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