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Android L: all the new features

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Android L: all the new features
It's been less than eight months since the last major Android version was announced, under the inconspicuous name KitKat, and the for the first time then Google partnered with a confectionary giant, of all things, for the marketing purposes. Today marked the arrival of the Android 4.4 KitKat's successor, dubbed Android... L. That's right, regardless of the blank associations that come to mind when one hears the new naming scheme, L might be considered as one of the most visibly significant updates in Android's history.

We got a thoroughly revamped interface with the fashionable "flat", but colorful demeanor that many Android manufacturers, like Samsung and LG, adopted for their respective TouchWiz and Optimus overlays. In addition, Google finally overhauled the aging notification system, which looked pale and barren in stock Android, when compared to Samsung's, LG's, or third party efforts you can find in the Play Store. The multitasking options also got a boost with a Google Now-style card system, and there are plenty of other changes to Android under the hood, like the 64-bit compiler and the Project Volta battery life enhancer, so let's dig in, and round up all the novelties for you. The Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Android L SDK is rolling out tomorrow, when we'll know more about the subtle changes that weren't mentioned, and update accordingly.

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:03 25

1. Anshulonweb (Posts: 316; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


this is awesome.... it is basically what android 4 was to 2.3.....

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:05 12

2. somad (Posts: 58; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


I can't wait to use it.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:51 8

15. akki20892 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Me too....I'm lucky to get first.....Nexus 5 user.
Ui looks so clean and slick.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:06 6

3. dil2abu (Posts: 192; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Simply Awesome..

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:06

4. magnanimus (Posts: 294; 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 :(

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:16

7. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


welcome to android ONE. google introduce android ONE...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:11

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1284; 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 17:28

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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:15 10

6. tarek1980 (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Windows Phone 8.1 & iOS 8 is really in real problem

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:16

8. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


and also bb....

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:11

18. Furbal (Posts: 305; 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 17:01 2

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:19 1

9. generalAladeen06 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


And I just sold my Nexus 5 :'( damn it!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:19 4

10. babalove (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


those on-screen navigation keys are a waste of space.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:27 2

11. NexusPhan (Posts: 474; 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:45 9

19. Shatter (Posts: 2027; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Physical buttons were never in the way to begin with...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 23:44

30. blingblingthing (Posts: 434; 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 23:57

31. joey_sfb (Posts: 2931; 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:29 4

12. god996 (Posts: 11; 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:54

21. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 370; 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

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:41 1

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!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:51

14. av911 (Posts: 139; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I want to know more about what they're doing with USB Audio.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:30

23. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 952; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It just means they are finally going to make it available. They should have done that years ago.,

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:57

24. av911 (Posts: 139; 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:54

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..

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 17:35

27. steedsofwar (Posts: 285; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


You should have done this in 2010

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:01

17. Cyberchum (Posts: 269; 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.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:46

20. Shatter (Posts: 2027; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Samsung is aware, if its a problem it will probably be fixed on the note 4 display.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 19:23

28. Robert235 (Posts: 50; Member since: 30 May 2010)


it would be cool if Volta can manage your phone sensors to save battery.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 22:08

29. kabilan.ravi (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Thanks google for Copying from Apple.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 00:14

32. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


Am I looking at a new keyboard? Picture #9

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 09:10

33. monkeytown (Posts: 108; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Samsung Knox contribution :D
so that means no flashing anymore?? = kills the purpose of an "open" OS

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