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Android L vs Android KitKat: A visual comparison

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Android L vs Android KitKat: A visual comparison
While Android L is not ready for game time just yet (not least because it hasn't even received a proper name yet), Google nevertheless treated us to a lengthy demo of the new update during the I/O keynote speech yesterday, and the changes are quite extensive.

For one, beyond the troves of new APIs that will allow third-party developers to provide even more immersive experiences within and outside their apps, and even beyond the many new features and performance improvements that are on board L, Google also introduced quite the design overhaul. Indeed, the next Android version will be decidedly flatter, and more minimalistic and colorful than ever before. Google has also labored hard to bring even the smaller details to life through animated feedback, and so far we're pretty happy with what we've seen. 

Design overhauls are always a big deal, especially when you consider how stale Android KitKat has started feeling, despite the minor changes it itself introduced in regards to the platform's design. This will inevitably attract quite some attention from consumers, and many of you will wonder exactly how the next version of the world's most popular mobile OS compares with what we have available right now with KitKat. As you can imagine, we're here to oblige. Take a look!

Disclaimer: Keep in mind that the currently-available Android L Preview build is not final and design is subject to change.

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posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:26 17

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Why does the "pizza recipes" app in #24 have a picture of cupcakes?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:30 7

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It is and always be a mystery to you! :D

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:36 10

9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I'll refuse to die before I know the answer :)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:56 10

20. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'll hit ya with a 3310, lets see how you refuse anymore. ;)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:08 13

22. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


You got me there :(

I don't understand why some governments still waste money to develop nuclear bombs. They should just order a bunch of 3310's and save some cash :)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:49 6

28. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


LOL... Too funny.

BTW, I liked the new UI very much, so neat and clean and fresh and and flat and simply awesome, eagerly waiting for my friend's Nexus 4 update.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:10 7

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


Cupcake is the secret recipes in pizza.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:18

32. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


..in a HowtoBasic video. :D

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:45

37. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


No. He uses eggs.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 11:41

43. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


It doesn't matter, because his videos doesn't makes sense anyway. :D

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 11:44 1

44. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


True :)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 11:24

40. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


cause it will be called droid cupcake?

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 08:40 1

60. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have to say this new UI looks crazy sexy. I really can wait to see this in action. Just beautiful.

Let's place bets here, how much of Android L will iOS 9 steal?!?

lol

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:27 4

2. nomancool (unregistered)


looks cool .. cant wait for the factory images

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:27

3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


What exactly does the new recents button do? Or is it the same?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 08:45 2

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Does the exact same, just a new UI.
http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/126246-image/New-recent-apps-menu.jpg
BTW I liked the old one better. :)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:44 2

36. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I also prefer the old one.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 10:56 1

38. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I almost forgot, Chrome tabs are added to Recents too.
http://lifehacker.com/updating-all-the-new-stuff-in-androids-l-release-prev-1595928268

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 05:23

67. vincelongman (Posts: 4576; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I don't really like that, since I usually have quite a lot of tabs open

Personally I like the M8's recents
IMO its faster since it shows more apps on the screen

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:29

4. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Hmm ~
The Play Music app UI kind of look alike with current Sony Walkman app UI ~

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:29 6

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Love the new refresh. Hurry up with the official release so manufacturers can start developing updates for us, I need this!

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:33 10

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I like 70% of new L UI, the rest 30% I still prefer the Kitkat holo UI. Hey sounds like ios 6-7 crisis :D

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 15:25 1

50. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Yeah.. search and maps were better in kitkat IMO

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:33 7

8. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


BTW Sony will sue Google for using triangle, circle and a square. (no really)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:37 3

10. tiara6918 (Posts: 2075; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Kinda looks the same as what htc did with sense 6

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:37 11

11. DonkeySauce (Posts: 194; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


Not fond of the "triangle, circle, square" looks like some generic kids' educational software.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:42 7

15. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Would you prefer "A" and "B" or "X" and "Y"?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:52 5

18. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


He would probably prefer the ones that are on kitkat

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 07:57 3

21. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'll take the sense 6 buttons over this and kitkat :)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 09:59 2

34. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Yesterday, I was using the Sense buttons, today I'm using the Android L buttons. Download SoftkeyZ.
The beauty of Android- customization. :]

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