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Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update

As Google's Sundar Pichai noted at the very beginning of the Google I/O keynote, Android L is one of the most comprehensive Android updates in the mobile platform's history. Having refused to take our eyes off the scene for even a split second, we have to agree that the update, at least so far, appears to be quite extensive, and there's a whole bunch of goodies we'll be talking about now, and in the coming months. Here's what we know so far.

New "Material Design" interface that transcends the ultra mobile form factor


One of the biggest news as far as Android L is concerned, is the sizable redesign it'll put Google's mobile OS through. In fact, Android won't be the only platform on the receiving end of this new look -- pretty much everything that hails from Google will sport the new interface, including Chrome OS, Android Wear, and Android TV. 

Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update

So what's new here? Put in most simple terms -- no design element has been spared, and even the software navigation keys have gone through a redesign (now a triangle, circle, and square). What's more, the new look, apart from being seamless across all Google platforms, has also been simplified down to the basics, and is now flatter, more colorful, and quite a bit more likable. 

That last bit is, in a big way, a feeling influenced by the the inclusion of rich animation feedback to actions, which, in plain speak, means that essential operations, like clicking a button, switching a tab, flipping through recents, etc, will all be animated. Thankfully, all of this has been done tastefully from what we've seen so far, and is not overwhelming or overly flashy.


Enhancements to functionality


But design is just one side of the coin that Android L is, as the user experience has also been improved in a few major ways. Let's take a moment and talk about each of those in turn.

Search is more powerful than ever
Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update
Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update
Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update


Search is Google's bread & butter, so none should be surprised to find out that Android L will bring some additions and improvements in that field. 

For example, Google has put an emphasis on 'rediscovery', meaning that Google Search will now be better aware of what you were doing immediately before looking for something online. One primer Google demo'd is Search's knowledge of a user's previous Google Earth search for a location. This query, which was performed in an app separate from Search, is then incorporated in the results you get for the same or similar searches, and you'll be able to jump right into a given app and start right where you left off. What's more, this new API will be made available to developers, so third-party apps will also be in a position to take advantage of this new functionality -- it doesn't have to be a Google app. This opens up a number of possible use case scenarios, and hopefully devs will utilize this new-found power well.

The recent apps menu has been redesigned


With Android L, Google is also changing things up when it comes to what we usually refer to as the 'recents' menu. Apart from sporting a different design, the new recents tab will now decouple existing Chrome tabs into separate, clickable, entities. What's more, Google is again opening up this API to developers, so if that kind of functionality makes sense for a particular app, devs will be able to take advantage of it.

Quite frankly, we're a bit split on the new recents bar -- it looks less organized, and it definitely has a much bigger potential to become absolutely overwhelming, especially if you browse the web on multiple tabs. With that said, we'll wait and see how this particular new feature pans out in reality.

Sizable improvements to notification handling


Another area Android L will touch on are notifications. Here, Google is improving the existing notifications functionality in two ways. 

First, notifications are now even more interactive, and this holds true even when looking at those from your lockscreen. In Android L, you can expand or discard those (and more), and Google promised that algorithms will try and curate what you get served, in an attempt to keep it relevant. What's more, double-tapping a notification from your lockscreen will immediately redirect you to the app that triggered it. 

Second, Android L will introduce what the community has come to recognize as heads-up notifications. This means that notifications can now be displayed in a much larger box, and will go beyond just notifying you through the tiny status bar strip. If you have an LG or Samsung phone, these are very much alike to their respective 'floating caller' functionality, which introduces a small box when a call is patched through, allowing you to continue whatever it is you're doing, instead of forcibly hijacking your experience. Finally!

Android L will be contextually-aware


Another important piece of information revealed during the Google I/O keynote presentation is the fact that Google is more serious about contextual awareness than ever, and, more specifically, how to conquer the interconnected home of the future.

Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update

We could extract just a few important bits, but we're sure more info is on the way. Anyway, first off, your Android L-powered smartphone will now be able to tell when its owner is nearby by virtue of its Bluetooth tether with a wearable, like a smartwatch. One practical application of this new-found power is that your smartphone will automatically bypass a PIN/Patter-secured lockscreen whenever it detects your (smart)watch. If you're not wearing your smartwatch, you'll still have to go through the standard, input-your-pass-code procedure -- an operation that Google claims too many people are wasting too much time on. Obviously, this kind of functionality, while liberating, could pose some security risks.

On another, much vaguer note, Google made mention of its desire for the smart connected home (that runs on Android, of course) to allow for seamless transition between form factors. This means that the game you were playing on your Android L-based smartphone or tablet will be seamlessly available for play on your Android TV or perhaps even your Chromebook.

Android L will deliver a number of performance improvements


Google chose to talk about the many performance improvements incorporated in Android L last, but we certainly wouldn't consider those least important. There are a few noteworthy changes here. One, Android is finally making its transition to the ART runtime official. Two, with the so-called "Android Extension Pack", Google is bringing a number of improvements to GPU performance, which it hopes will now trail console-grade graphics. And three, with Project Volta Google is finally cracking down on power-hungry apps by giving developers the instrumentation needed to debug their code, and find battery drainers more easily.

Android L is 64-bit ready, courtesy of its new ART runtime


We won't indulge in technicalities, so here's what's going on in practice. Initially introduced as an experimental feature with Android 4.4 KitKat, the new ART runtime is finally ready for prime time, and will replace the existing Dalvik RT. In the simplest terms possible, ART will bring Ahead-Of-Time execution of apps, so their code will be assimilated by the system upon install, which will bring notable improvements in performance over Dalvik, which uses JIT (Just-In-Time, meaning that code is executed when you start the app).

Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update
Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update

In practice, Google is reporting at least a 2x increase in performance, so apps will be now more readily available and also perform better. In fact, certain benchmarking suites (Chessbench, for example) indicate an improvement transcending 400%. ART is also completely 64-bit ready, meaning that devices with obscene amounts of RAM are no longer impossible, not to mention that 64-bit chip architectures will also be supported. 

Console-grade graphics on their way?


Mobile graphics have long lagged behind desktop, and even console graphics. The reason is pretty simple -- there's much less space available in a handheld, which severely limits how much silicon manufacturers can do in terms of performance, which is inversely related with power efficiency. With Android L, and the so-called Android Extension Pack, Google is hoping to close some of that gap, and get Android devices closer to consoles in terms of the visual candy they can produce.

So what's the Android Extension Pack? Essentially, it's a set of features that includes things like tessellation, geometry shaders, and others, which should help to arrive at more realistic environments, characters, and sophisticated lightning and reflections.

Android L brings Project Volta and Battery Saver mode


Keeping with tradition, Android L will serve as the proving grounds for yet another performance project, courtesy of Google. After Project Butter (Jelly Bean) and Project Svelte (KitKat), both of which were aimed at improving performance for both low and high end devices, we're now saying hello to Project Volta, which hopes to improve battery life.

Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update
Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update

Project Volta will mainly concerns itself with the various subsystems of Android, so stuff like Wi-Fi and cell radios, GPS, etc. will be more competently handled through new power-saving APIs. What's more, Google is adding a more sophisticated instrumentation to help identify power leaks called Battery Historian. This is mainly a tool for developers, but it should hopefully help them produce better-optimized code.

Lastly, and this one is rather big, Android L will finally bring a special Battery Saver mode to stock Android. Battery Saver can be configured to work only when your charge drops under a certain percentage (say <15%), or you can turn it on manually. What the energy-efficient mode does is simply limit your handset's performance by lowering processor clock speed and the display's refresh rate. According to Google, a Nexus 5 gets extra 90 minutes of juice with the new mode on. Not bad, though it should be noted that pretty much every manufacturer has implemented such a mode in their device by now. Google is a bit late to the party.

Bring your own device to work initiatives rejoice: Android L is both for work and play


Google was expected to address the enterprise market at Google I/O, and it did not disappoint. One way it's doing that is through Android L, which will now be a much better-suited device for enterprise users. Essentially, what happened is that Samsung contributed quite some of its KNOX security suite code to Android, and Google immediately implemented it into L.

Android L: in-depth look at Google's latest Android update

In practice, this means that users with the latest Android software will be able to better separate their personal and work lives on their smartphones, as data will be separate between the two modes. Information beyond that is scarce at this point, so we're unaware if further security enhancements will be a part of this special new mode (probably).

Wrap-up


In terms of its scale, Android L definitely proves to be one of the biggest updates to the mobile OS in its 6-year history. Even beyond the so-called Material Design overhaul, Google has managed to implement a plethora of tweaks and improvements to performance that will better position the platform for the second part of 2014 and onwards.

Quite frankly, we were intrigued, not least because further optimizations and additions will likely arrive before it's prime time in the fall. Yes, the fall -- though developers will get their hands on the preview version of the new software tomorrow (June 26), consumers will have to sit tight and wait a few months longer. That said, so far Android L is definitely looking like it's deserving the wait.

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:26 62

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Android L >>>>>>>>> iOS 8

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:27 9

2. eldyagustius (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


more likely Android L > (bigger than) iOs 8

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:29 9

3. Lift_Off (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Shut up Deathstroke you got worked by Batman in Arkham Origins

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:23 9

13. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I defeated Green arrow in "arrow".

I killed his mother

Corrupted his sister

And took away his company.

I win.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:08 3

27. meanestgenius (Posts: 958; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And in the end got locked in a deep hole on a deserted island by Green Arrow in "Arrow". Green Arrow won in the end.

Great show, btw....

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:24 1

44. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Yeah, but Green Arrow sucks!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 18:52

58. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


who's Green Arrow...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 19:20

60. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Not green Lantern?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 22:33

72. TheLegendaryGhost (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)


it's a comic like batman and superman from DC... and the show they are talking about is pretty damn good...

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 05:13

90. TheOldOne (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


it is a soap opera for goodness' sake!

Green Arrow bangs Laurel, then it goes ahead and bangs her sister, then, on the island, bangs a chinese chick. Then back on the city, bangs Laurel again, then goes ahead and has a flinch with his female associate. Little bit forwards, goes again and bangs Laurel sister just to get ready to bang Laurel once again (with Laurel sister approval) in the next series. Possible Felicity too...

Then there is the story with his little sister, his best friend and his best friend's father and his mother. I’ll give you a hint: guess how’s the sister’s father and brother and with whom her mother had an affair.

The soundtrack is good tough, and Manu Bennett really shines. Not mentioning Felicity memorable quotes. But that's all.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 05:40

91. Sniggly (Posts: 6778; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I've barely seen it, but I 1)really hate the "Arrow voice" and 2) hate how so far, Arrow is super serious. One of the things I loved about the animated Green Arrow from the Justice League cartoon is how much of a snarker he is.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 14:36

93. TeeHee12 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 May 2014)


Yeah but now your in jail on a random Chinese Island where its name translates to purgatory. A win? I dont think so...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 20:47

66. Imaxxacre (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)


Deathstroke = Slade from Teen Titans. Slade was a truly awesome and psychological villain.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 05:42

92. Sniggly (Posts: 6778; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Deathstroke is Deathstroke. Slade Wilson is his real name in the comics. Teen Titans pissed me off because it seemed like a stupid and juvenile cartoon after the mature badassery of Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond, and Justice League.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:48 6

4. Iodine (Posts: 255; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


That's why it has so many features from iOS 8....43

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:53 11

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Like?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:54 11

38. vincelongman (Posts: 1043; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Custom keyboard, word predictions, widgets, extensions, hotword detection, quick settings, previews in multitasking/safari, battery stat
Oh wait...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:55

7. eldyagustius (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


shut up and take my sh*t off

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:56 3

47. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Your funny. All that stuff was on my LG Vortex crap smp I bought three years ago. I love how everyone hears Apple say something or mentions a feature thats been on Android for years and thinks it was Apples Idea. I remember when Steve Jobs said Apple didnt need Widgets and things like that on the iPhone and that "iPhone users didnt use Widgets and didnt want to". I know he didnt say exactly taht, but it was close. Now look tho. All those features Android has always had just arived on Apple. Boo hiss....................

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 05:11

82. DanishDynamite (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


And i love how you don't get irony...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:23 5

12. LikeMyself (Posts: 234; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


More likely Symbian Belle > Android Gingerbread >> iOS 8
It's nice that all platforms are copying design elements from each other as these creative minds are just making the platforms look more and more beautiful!! And us getting gorgeous toys to play. Nice!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:56 1

15. tarek1980 (Posts: 50; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I agree with you the look screen for Android L looks like Nokia Symbian Belle, this is really cool

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 13:57 3

16. ecmedic4 (Posts: 196; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Some ppl just can't resist starting fanboy wars huh? Neither Apple, or iOS 8 were mentioned anywhere in the article, yet the first comment was someone throwing a jab at Apple. Grow up already.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 20:32

65. eldyagustius (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Fanboyism never ends -___-

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 20:50 1

68. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


of course. We wil take any chance we have to rub iOS users in the face how Android Beats iOS

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 23:40 1

75. ecmedic4 (Posts: 196; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Like I said above, GROW UP. Android isn't perfect, neither is iOS, and everyone has a personal preference.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:17 2

43. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6233; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


ANDROID L = ( LARGER THAN iOS 8).

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 20:48

67. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Probably Android 4.2 >>>>>>> iOS 8

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 23:29

74. sar44 (Posts: 164; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


also scanning for viruses non google play apps

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 14:39

94. TeeHee12 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 May 2014)


Were deathstrokes 1-8 taken or do you just favor the number nine?

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 10:36

96. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


is it me or the sizeable notifications looks a loooooooooooooooooooot like what we had in symbian days?

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 11:59

98. oldhamletman (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


so android is going to try to catch up with windows phone I guess....

and if you trash that statement, you havent actually used windows phone for enough time to appreciate what it can do....

also, IOS8 is playing catchup with everyone, it's not even close

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:56 8

8. DogeShibe (Posts: 184; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


They screwed Youtube app for Windows Phone for no reason,and lost me as a costumer and i will stop using every scroogle service once bing gets stronger outside US.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:01 25

18. Sniggly (Posts: 6778; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It constantly amazes me how easily WP fans fell for Microsoft's manipulation in that scenario. Google didn't "screw over" YouTube for "no reason" on WP. Microsoft repeatedly and deliberately kept designing versions of the app that broke Google's terms of service in big ways, like allowing users to download videos or turn off ads. They then acted like Google was a big, bad bully when Google inevitably disabled the app versions they put out.

"No reason." Freaking fanboy.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:48 4

23. DogeShibe (Posts: 184; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Nearly every Microsoft's apps are available for Android, iOS (all official). Not a single google app is available for Windows Phone but available for iOS. Need i say more?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:54 10

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


because WP doesn't sell well? and google don't want to waste their time and energy on wp?

because android sell well? and microsoft also want to have a bit of android market?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:12 5

28. DogeShibe (Posts: 184; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Don't waste time & energy on 50 million Windows Phone users? That's why we call them Scroogle.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:27 8

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


Google need all their worker to FOCUS on L. 50 million compared to 1 billion is peanut!!! Especially when the 50 million is MOSTLY low end user, who use it as feature phone.

On the other hand microsoft feel their wasting effort on focusing on 50 million user, thus they try to rob google 1 billion user. That's brilliant.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:43

35. DogeShibe (Posts: 184; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Wasting effort focusing on 50 million users? Don't think so.They keep doin better & better.
Rob 1 Billion user? They respect the billion people & release apps for android & iOS,sometimes even before their Windows counterpart.

None of your facts are going to change my viewpoint.
*Here goes my one finger salute to scroogle & their fans*

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:50 9

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


just fyi,
when android has 100 million user, 200 million, 600 million user, microsoft didn't make any software for android. lol.
any counter comment?

PS: ... of course before windows counterpart... wp only has 50 million user. remember?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:11 1

41. DogeShibe (Posts: 184; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


What? Are you trying to say that MS didn't made apps when Android wasn't popular?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:44 1

46. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


And, apps like Halo Waypoint have not worked in over a year...amazingly enough, the Outlook mail for Android works pretty well...

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 17:12

49. jgalvez21 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 May 2014)


its less than than assure you that.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 21:54 1

71. Liveitup (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Google has 1 billion users yet they copy the small guy. Google doesn't want to create they want to be lazy and imitate.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 12:02

99. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


that was nokia's idea to have a bit of android's market, not microsoft's by any means

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 19:54 4

61. tech2 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Did you even read his comment?

And you expect Google to make apps for them while they keep insulting google via Scroogled campaign?

Lastly, android has 1 billion active users and WP had barely 5 percent market share. So MS needs google more then google needs MS.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:58 4

40. elitewolverine (Posts: 1371; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Sniggly, MS waited for more than a year, google kept saying it was OS limited. After over a year of failed talks. MS released a version of youtube that was far beyond what people expected.

Yes it broke their terms, so have other apps. Not to mention the freedom iOS gets that MS has not.

I would present more, but the idea google was so innocent, is so false it will make your head spin. MS just didn't go, hey lets make an app that screws terms, no it was the result, direct result, of talks about releasing the api's for MS to use. When they didn't, MS showed google what it could do.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 17:40 6

52. Sniggly (Posts: 6778; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, if you want to talk ulterior motives, let's talk about the constant attack ads Microsoft has run against Google. If I had a company that provided an OS, and a rival OS maker kept trying to convince consumers that my OS was absolutely horrible in every way, I'd be very disinclined to help the rival OS out by providing apps for it. Microsoft under Ballmer has been a den of snakes. I can only hope the new guy in charge didn't take lessons from him.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 17:59 1

54. elitewolverine (Posts: 1371; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Yes of course they would, its called rival.

Samsung did it to Apple, yet they have a agreement for building materials for devices.

Droid has attacked apple left and right, yet we have services.

In the end face it, MS more than waited and dealed with google and got nothing. So they made their own app. No big Metro is great, prefer it even over my note 3 official youtube app.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 18:55 5

59. Sniggly (Posts: 6778; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So if Google and Apple can still work together despite their differences, how much worse must the behind the scenes nastiness be for Google and Microsoft? What boggles my mind is that WP fanboys act like Google feels threatened by MS. They're not. WP has had its chance at the big leagues, and has only succeeded due to Nokia's name and it's exceedingly cheap phones. There has been virtually no movement of units at the high end. There's a reason why barely anyone besides Nokia bothers with WP anymore.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 20:15 1

62. elitewolverine (Posts: 1371; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Yes cause droids success was only because of its flagships? Please it's the dime a dozen phones they feed to everyone as well.

To bring light to the knowledge of this.

Google since before 2011, has been hampering metadata and other things in the API. The question I have for you. Is when did the scroogle campaign start?

Hint: It is well after the fact MS and other companies have brought forth that google has been denying service requests to the site for search inquiries.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 05:29 2

83. Sniggly (Posts: 6778; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Android's success has not *only* been because of its flagships, BUT its flagships have succeeded as well. The original Motorola Droid reached 1 million units sold faster than the original iPhone, the Galaxy S series was enough of a hit to get lawsuit attention from Apple, and the HTC Evo basically made up Sprint's Android smartphone base for 2010.

Also, Microsoft's advertising BS didn't *start* with Scroogled. It really started with #droidrage, which began in late 2011. Mind you, this was back before WP was even a blip on the radar and failing miserably to gain any hold on the market. (Why Google should have to work on app support for what was then a failed OS is anyone's guess).

Also, Microsoft jumped in the lawsuit game way before that as well. Between the lack of customers to cater to and Microsoft being just as adversarial as, if not more than, Apple, what incentive did Google have to support Windows Phone in any way?

The trouble with you is that you're talking to someone who's been in the game here for almost 6 years, and who remembers events well enough to fact check on them. Microsoft has done nothing to earn Google's trust as a business partner. All they've done is continually stab Google in the back while whining that Google doesn't do enough for them.

Oh, and now in the midst of all the campaigns Microsoft has run trying to get people to hate Android, they're releasing cheap "Android" phones. Imagine that.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 00:16 5

78. AfterShock (Posts: 2592; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


You're killing them, truthfully.
Kudos.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:41 10

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


good luck then, bye bye!!!

microsoft is really a bad boy here. they throw stone, and hide their hand. just like sniggly said, microsoft has not been honest. and there's more to it.

maybe you need to read a history book on dr. dos, novel, os/2, netscape, sendo, nokia to understand why microsoft has been called the evil empire.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:19 4

30. DogeShibe (Posts: 184; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Well,Microsoft cares about their users so they made an app themselves,they had no other option.I wish Microsoft should really throw stones someday.Hit so hard they (Scroogle & their fans) will poop Jelly beans all over their pants.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 20:18

63. eldyagustius (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


YEAHHH JUST POOP IT! Because we'll already have Lollipops

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 16:41 5

45. jgalvez21 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 May 2014)


please it was ur fault for using windows phone
microsoft does the same to everyone else to push their closed standards
its microsoft fault for trying to break api they getting some of their medicine back

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 03:07

81. DogeShibe (Posts: 184; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


It's not called fault,it's called choice.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 18:30 1

56. sip1995 (Posts: 757; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Me too.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 14:46

104. dragonherder (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Microsoft was allowed to develop an application that used the HTML5 based API which they waited on actually developing an app/licensing the api until the terms of service changed to state that if you develop a youtube app you need to use the HTML5 based APIs. Microsoft did not want to do this and instead developed applications that first cut out ads and let users download the videos and then later they tried to reverse engineers google's ad api so that they were displaying the ads and removed the download. However there is some sense of reasoning to how google puts certain ads on certain videos and not using the official apis and trying to circumvent them again against the ToS.

Microsoft could of made the HTML5 app, but HTML5 performance on Windows Phone is apparently subpar enough that they had to try and do their little dance to try and get an application that used their native video player instead and tried to loop reverse engineered apis through that. Frankly the whole fiasco was Microsoft's fault for 1 - waiting to long to license the Youtube API and 2 - Trying to circumvent the agreement after they waited to long.

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