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Android L screenshot sets pop up, show a new keyboard, new settings, and lots of color

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With the tentatively-named Android L project that Google announced yesterday, 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 some third party efforts you can find in manufacturer overlays, or the Play Store. 

The multitasking options also got a boost with a Google Now-style card system, and there are plenty of other visual changes to go around, marked by the new Material Design language that Google plans to use across devices - from smartwatches, through phones and tablets, to cars and TVs. 

The most detectable visual changes are the redrawn navigational buttons, PlayStation-style, and the color-coded interface sections, but we will also get a new Contacts app, settings, and a new keyboard, as postings with Android L screenshots indicate. 

Take a peek at the screens, and tell us what you think about the new, flat Android L interface that is coming our way.


source: Android (Reddit) via GSMDome & ArsTechnica

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posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:47 1

1. xMichaelDuncanx (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Colour Coded Notification Bar!:) Can't wait till Note 3 gets 5.0, then when I go on Apps like WhatsApp the Status bar will go Green, can't wait, been waiting on this for ages without rooting. Hopefully Note 3 gets Colour Coded Notification Bar, hopefully Samsung doesn't take it out when they update Note 3 to 5.0

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:09 5

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Dont hold your breath for that, samsung will touchwizify it. Also note 3 didnt get S5 like UI so I doubt it will ever happen. :(

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:59 1

21. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2605; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes but.....Wait!!! What about GPEs?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 14:28

29. fanesxx (Posts: 70; Member since: 19 May 2011)


now you know most readers on here who has a note 3, have the GPE ROM

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 18:03

34. gigaraga (Posts: 901; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Of course Note 3 hasn't got S5 UI YET. There haven't been any major Note 3 software rollouts since the S5 was out. We just have to wait. Doesn't mean they are not going to dooh it

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:10 1

16. DillWeed (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


Xposed "tinted status bar" has existed for a long time now.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:20 1

18. tadaa (Posts: 244; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


if you're rooted you can install xposed tools and go for tinted status bar

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:11

22. xMichaelDuncanx (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Not away to root, tinted status bar should have been in stock android by now, I'm not away to root for a simple think, Google should have added it a long time ago instead of having a chunky black status bar always at the top.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 12:11

26. tadaa (Posts: 244; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


i'm assuming you don't have a way to root, ever tried towelroot? there's also force transparent module for xposed that can force all apps to have transparent status and nav bars

if you don't like to root, that's fine as well lol

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:54

2. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 373; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Really hope this is all backwards compatible with Android 4.0+, because if not, Google just shot itself in the foot.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:21

19. tadaa (Posts: 244; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


i wouldn't hold my breath, seeing as 4.0 improvements were not made available to 2.3 users

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:13

24. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 373; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Yes but at that time Google made a mistake, and it ended up costing them a lot. They can't even begin to imagine the repercussions of repeating the same mistake.

I, for one, will focus more on iOS development than Android development if Material Design isn't available for 4.0+

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 12:17

27. tadaa (Posts: 244; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


why was it a mistake? isn't that the point of moving android forward, refining its design for future versions?

i would ask you what the point of updating 4.0+ devices is, seeing as it would not make its way to devices via manufacturer skins, and it already being available to the latest version of the OS

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 13:27

28. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 373; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


You completely missed the point of my comment. Though in retrospect my comment doesn't really say what I meant to say so apologies.

My point was that this theme and these elements should be supported by Android 4.0+ so when apps are updated to use material design, they look the same, and look just as good on Android 4.0+.

With Holo UI, it wasn't backwards compatible. So any app made with Holo elements wouldn't work on GB so the apps continued to look crap on GB while the requirements to run Holo was a device with Android 4.0+.

If the do the same thing with Material design then most of the people will have to deal with crappy apps and when devs design apps with material design, they will also have to make a holo version for Android 4.0+.

That's what I originally meant, and you can see why that would be a really really bad thing. Disastrous actually.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 15:17

31. tadaa (Posts: 244; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


ah, that makes sense now

i'm not a dev so i wouldn't know what problems they would encounter in coding apps, but i agree that people will have to deal with crappy apps.

luckily, by the time material design has taken over holo in the majority of apps people will have upgraded to newer phones, say, in two years time and hopefully the devices they upgrade to are rocking the newest version

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 15:49

32. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 373; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


It's been half a year and kitkat has a market share of 15%. Even after 2 years holo will be widely available enough so that developers will still have to support it. So Google really has to give backwards compatibility with this.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 06:56

3. azalucel (Posts: 89; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Note 3 android 5.0 wont come before February and when it does it will be missing features like 4.4 and art...custom is 10x better

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:01

4. palmguy (Posts: 247; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


The 1st picture , cards! R.I.P. webOS. :(

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:01

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The first thumbnail screenshot looks strikingly similiar to wp. Btw PA the slideshow pics are not screenshots. :D

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:02

6. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


I'm in love with the L Release! :')

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:13 7

10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 775; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Mee tooo... Love the new UI. But why navigation button's background always black?? It should've been transparent or same as status bar.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:05

15. Reality_Check (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I agree with you. Except when it comes to the navigation buttons (Triangle, Circle & Square) that's the only thing that sucks IMO. But, it's Android and I can change that :D

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 12:07

25. jdot104 (Posts: 47; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


The more I look at them, the more I like them. I wish there was something they could do about the black bar being constantly present unless I'm watching video, but that's a fairly minor detail.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:04

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I dont like the excessive colorful UI, That was the one reason I found stock android more elegant than Touchwiz, Lg ui, wp and ios. :(

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:08 2

8. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Why no transparent status/button bars...?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:21 1

11. promise7 (Posts: 404; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Not a fan of the new UI, but at least that's one of Android 'a strengths and you can change it.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:36

12. peace247 (Posts: 84; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Why is the setting menu having dark theme in screenshot and light in the photos.....
Does android 5 has both the option..

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:46

13. adwienc (Posts: 134; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Seems like copy of Sense 6 to me.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:48

14. redmd (Posts: 882; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Am I the only one lovin the PS-like navigation buttons. Now we need an "X"

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:16

17. gaara6775 (Posts: 288; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Resembles Lil bit to sense 6 over all appearance except card view .

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:43

20. GeekOB (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


that keyboard screams Windows Phone.. flat flat flat everywhere

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:37

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


that keyboard loks like swfikey

also
http://chemicaloli.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Untitled-1.png

that's the windows phone keyboard, not at flash as this one imo

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 15:04

30. zennacko (Posts: 234; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


That UI looks like a fusion of iOS and Windows Phone, geez... I guess i like KitKat UI more than this one...

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 17:17

33. bokimaricu (Posts: 35; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)


Loving the Volta icon

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:21

35. HoPhonTab (Posts: 34; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


I thought the phone in picture #8 is the LG G3 lol

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 21:59

36. Zylam (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


The yellow toggles in settings look a little out of place, the rest looks sweet. Hopefully theme engine will let you change colours. The setting and keyboard in the screenshots and pictures are different colours, maybe L has a theme centre built in, that would be insane!!!!!!

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