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The latest Android L build features tweaked navigation keys and status bar icons

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The latest Android L build features tweaked navigation keys and status bar icons
Late yesterday, we were notified of the existence of a new Android L build, spotted on Google's Chromium tracker (a feedback tool for Android among other Google products). The bug submission revealed an LMP LRW87D build running on a Nexus 5, and a short video that was also appended, showed a specific crash that seems to occur when the user plays back video from the Discovery.com site.

So far, nothing that intriguing, right? We thought so too, but one of our (anonymous) readers has noticed that something is a bit off about the video -- the software navigation keys and the status bar icons (like Wi-Fi, the clock, the Google Play icon) have been tweaked. After a closer inspection, we've got to agree that that is, indeed, the case, meaning that Google might be thinking of adding another layer of polish to L before launch. Unfortunately, we can't say that making the navigation buttons smaller is a very good idea, though we can't altogether disregard the possibility that the search giant is simply playing around with the overall look before making up its mind.

Instead of forcing you to play a game of spot the differences, we've highlighted the changes (did the battery icon change too?). Obviously, do keep in mind that the two shots are not at the same scale, so there will be some difference between the actual sizes and what you're looking at here, though it's undeniable that the changes are there. Take a peek.

The latest Android L build features tweaked navigation keys and status bar icons

Thanks for pointing this out, Anonymous tipster!

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posted on 01 Oct 2014, 06:40 8

1. promise7 (Posts: 872; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Don't like that Wi-Fi symbol.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 07:36 13

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


Looks like a piece of pie.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 09:46 7

14. Lleweraf (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


wi-pie

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 09:56 1

15. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 222; Member since: 08 May 2014)


Prefer the older Wi-fi style =/

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 08:15

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


It has been the wifi symbol for notification toggle in stock android for long time....

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 08:26 2

10. promise7 (Posts: 872; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


The wifi symbol w/ no lines? No it hasn't.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 09:09

13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I mean notification toggle when off...

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 13:22

19. mmmanuuu (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Apple designers got something new to copy for their 2020 iphone.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 06:58

2. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I thought the softkeys was already like this on the leaked Nexus 6?

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 07:06

3. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 217; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Yep but they seem to be a bit smaller now

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 07:46 1

5. Pattyface (Posts: 1584; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


It would be nice if Google would change chrome back to how it was... For a company that has been making apps and an OS chrome and it's refresh button being hidden is nonsense.

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 08:16

8. Utopian (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


The sofrware keys look like ancient Greek symbols..! Kitkat/jellybean is much better

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 08:19

9. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


The design changes are more in line with android L..
Like No lines in between wifi symbol just like how there is no line in L keyboard or apps menu....and bright white colour compared to the half white of kitkat....

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 08:29

11. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


This is definitely something I'm going to lose sleep over...

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 08:57

12. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4039; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


But, but, what about the battery symbol?! It used to look like a plain battery, but now it's got a lightning bolt thru it!!
/s

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 10:03

16. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Charging I think....

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 12:18 1

18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4039; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Miss the /s for sarcasm?

posted on 01 Oct 2014, 10:36

17. jcru2001 (Posts: 24; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


Anyone else want to see the address bar moved to the bottom of screen like Windows mobile explorer? Simple thumb tap and convenient. Or at least the option in settings.

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