Android L: all the new features
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Android L - all the new features
1. New "Material" design
The second foundation is motion. Google is being very specific about how Android has to move on your device's display - "All action takes place in a single environment. Objects are presented to the user without breaking the continuity of experience even as they transform and reorganize. Feedback is subtle yet clear. Transitions are efﬁcient yet coherent."
2. Android on all screens
3. Brand new notifications design
Another cool new feature of Android notifications is the way they would now pop up on top of what you are seeing, allowing you to see them without them getting in the way. Not just that, though - you'd be able to dismiss them or act on them right away. Imagine playing a game while receiving an invitation for a group video call. Now, you don't have to slide down the notification center - you can just accept or decline the invitation right away.
All the notification enhancements can be summed up in three categories:
Heads up notifications
4. 64-bit ART compiler
The ART compiler will significantly optimize memory work and app loading times, too, so Google is promising up to two times faster performance at times. In addition, ART is entirely 64-bit, so it can take advantage of new apps written from the groundup for 64-bit processing architecture, like the new ARM Cortex-A57 processors.
It will also allow much larger RAM memory quantities to be addressed, so seeing Android devices with more than 3 GB of RAM is not out of the question. All of these improvements are coming for free, of course, as soon as the new Android L hits your handset.
5. Project Volta battery life improvements
On the user side of things, there is now going to be a built-in Battery Saver mode, similar to what you would find on a new Samsung or HTC device. Google's built-in version will scale down display brightness, throttle your CPU, and limit background updates.
6. New recent apps menu
7. Context-aware unlocking
8. Separating work and play
We've been seeing increased cooperation between Google and Samsung recently, but this is a big deal. Samsung has contributed part of its Knox security software to run as a core part of Android. It will keep work and personal data separate, and be standard in Android L. It will also allow Samsung Knox Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and developers to reach a wider audience outside of Samsung branded devices. Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group at Samsung Electronics, said on the partnership.
9. Improved contextual search
This query, which was performed in an app separate from Search, is then incorporated in the results you get for the same or similar search queries, and you'll be able to jump right into a given app and start right where you left off.
10. New APIs support - Bluetooth 4.1, USB audio and Burst Photo mode
1. Anshulonweb (Posts: 279; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
this is awesome.... it is basically what android 4 was to 2.3.....
15. akki20892 (Posts: 3244; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Me too....I'm lucky to get first.....Nexus 5 user.
Ui looks so clean and slick.
4. magnanimus (Posts: 217; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
When do we get this. I want now and this is why I'm only considering google play editions next time :(
7. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 694; Member since: 29 May 2014)
welcome to android ONE. google introduce android ONE...
5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1197; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
The main feature I love is the "context aware unlocking"! Now, I can set up password on my phone and don't get annoyed by having to input my password just to check something really quick every time. I might have to ditch my Z2 for a while to check it out on my Nexus 4 when it comes out this fall.
26. phxarchitect (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)
Agreed on the context unlocking! There is actually a new product on Kickstarter called Vi-TL that works similar... it locks your phone if it is separated from you so you don't have to constantly unlock it all the time.
6. tarek1980 (Posts: 48; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Windows Phone 8.1 & iOS 8 is really in real problem
18. Furbal (Posts: 227; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
WP8.1 user here(1520.3)...I would agree.. Volta is the biggest interest of mine since my s5 drains so much battery managing wifi/data.
25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7335; Member since: 14 May 2012)
When I had my S5, that thing barely used any battery life, even when I had LTE turned on in the background. Idk what's wrong with your S5 but mine never did that.
9. generalAladeen06 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
And I just sold my Nexus 5 :'( damn it!
10. babalove (Posts: 15; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)
those on-screen navigation keys are a waste of space.
11. NexusPhan (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
They are exactly the same as every Nexus device since 2011. They are not wasteful at all. The go away in immersive mode and when not needed, unlike physical buttons.
19. Shatter (Posts: 1967; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Physical buttons were never in the way to begin with...
30. blingblingthing (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
To each his own.
I TOTALLY disagree.
Phones with on screen keys have a cleaner look to me. Notice the G3 is about the same size as the S5 with a bigger screen. The physical button is lost screen estate.
31. joey_sfb (Posts: 2544; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Your phone still has power button. You will need to press it often besides turning on your phone.
The home button is my spare button that off load the power button without sacrificing screen estate to display those buttons.
if Samsung is going to give me 5.7" will they change it to 6" because they are feeling generous and I deserve 6" using screen buttons.
12. god996 (Posts: 8; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)
I just love this new version, but man, those new navigation keys look tragic. And they shouldn't have changed the look of recents, now you have to swipe through these pages to find a desired app instead of just selecting it on the straightforward list as it was earlier.
21. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 304; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
In the grand scheme of things the navigation buttons won't be a big deal but I can't help but wonder: Why??? There was really nothing wrong with the previous design. And I like the look of the recent apps menu and I'll enjoy it if I only have two or three apps open but much more than that and it'll feel cluttered
13. Angst (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)
"context aware unlocking"
Hopefully, this means that they will integrate NFC unlocking as a locking method. I just ordered a NFC Ring and it would be nice to use it (natively) as a means of locking/unlocking instead of using a 3rd party or work-around to provide the same functionality!
14. av911 (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I want to know more about what they're doing with USB Audio.
23. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 812; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
It just means they are finally going to make it available. They should have done that years ago.,
24. av911 (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
It was available, just not across the board for Android devices. Some had to avert to using a specific app to use their DAC (USB Audio Player PRO). Samsung has done a good job of providing the feature, although it's still hit or miss on certain DAC/phone combination. I'm currently using a Fiio E17 with my S4.
16. georgevillanueva (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
This makes me want to get of my iPhone 5S to get a Nexus even more..
17. Cyberchum (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
With all these whites, I think it's safe to say that (s)amoled will be the biggest victim. The real dark feature will be very important now more than ever.
20. Shatter (Posts: 1967; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Samsung is aware, if its a problem it will probably be fixed on the note 4 display.
28. Robert235 (Posts: 50; Member since: 30 May 2010)
it would be cool if Volta can manage your phone sensors to save battery.
32. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)
Am I looking at a new keyboard? Picture #9