All the 'L'ittle features of Android L

Android L is coming this fall to users, but developers will get it early, and Google has already lifted the veil of secrecy over the plentiful little improvements coming to this new Android version.

Some of them you've already heard about at the Google I/O keynote - things like the new Battery Saver mode coming with Project Volta that aims to maximize your battery life, as well as the new ART compiler with full support for 64-bit, with all the benefits of the larger registers and more addressable physical space.

Others, like the USB audio that will allow you to connect external audio devices that bypass the phone’s (usually not so good) built-in DAC, were not the subject of much keynote attention, but will nonetheless appeal to audiophiles. And speaking of audio, we should also note that Apple is already doing something similar with its own USB audio solution, and according to reports it might be preparing a new set of headphones with higher quality audio.

Others like the color space correction capabilities seem to appeal to photo enthusiasts and they could mean better calibration for your smartphone display. Yet others are subtle, deeper improvements like a Native Development Kit (NDK) for media APIs, something that would make media playback more efficient and allow for more sophisticated media players.

Google teased all those little features of Android L in a slide, quickly showed on the screen, so to spare you the staring, we’re just listing all the new features mentioned there:

  • Burst-mode camera APIs
  • H.265, NDK media APIs
  • TV input framework
  • Low latency audio recording, audio patch-panel, improved AV sync, USB audio
  • Cast-receiver hardware-assisted hot-word
  • ART, 64-bit trusted execution environment
  • Volta, improved battery stats, predicted time remaining, battery historian
  • Battery Saver mode, time to charge, time on lock screen
  • JobsScheduler, multi-network
  • Bluetooth 4.1, BLE central and peripheral modes
  • HFP 1.6 SAP, multi HFP
  • Map Email
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android Extension Pack
  • Personal unlocking, enterprise, lock to app apis
  • Document-centric multi-tasking
  • Lockscreen notifications, heads-up notifications, do not disturb
  • New quick settings, phone rotation lock
  • Improved game controller support
  • Closed caption, color inversion, color space correction, improved text rendering
  • Material theme, activity transitions, view shadows, view elevation
  • RecycleView, CardView, path animations, color extractor

Which of these are you most excited about and why?

source: Android



1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

L'ittle, hahaa nice one PA

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Frankly, many of these are already available in many phones. Like burst mode, HAVC (which is processor dependent), low latency audio is in Apple devices from eternity, ART was experimental till now, 64-bit is logical progression, battery stats are available with other apps like BBS, most OEMS have battery saver, personal unlocking is also not new, they took enterprise from Samsung Knox. OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android Extension Pack are new and good stuff. Not sure about rest, but doesn't seem like very important components. We will see when we get it on the phones.

15. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

To some extent

2. mahmood74

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 24, 2013

I wait

6. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I just can't wait for CyanogenMod 12 or Paranoid Android 5.0, it could be great because they are just good when making tweaks and adding more new features!

7. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Seem like great features but I wonder how many of them will be available on existing hardware.

10. wilsong17 unregistered

Stop being poor and think big if you want to rock the best pay up

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yup yup. Hoping the Note 4 comes with L out of the box. Can't wait!

13. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Doubt that. you need to provide the source to OEMs atleast 2-3 months in advance before they can implement that. And L isn't in final release yet, it's just a developer preview. They may change a few things in future.

18. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Samsung most likely has had the software prior to the developer preview, I would not be surprised if the Note 4 launches with L or receives it shortly after launch. Samsung is one of the better OEMs at keeping up to date, even older devices get updates.

21. Gulliver

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

Same every year. We hope to see the new OS with the new note model but i comes after it with the new S model ;)

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

Not true. The Note 2 was the first non-Nexus phone to debut with 4.1.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great job as usual Google, androids come a long way since my old G1 on tmobile.

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

What's left now for Android? Well, the two most major things actually - a robust, native core like the Swift from Apple, and, the biggest part of them all- something I call the full contextual UI scalability. In other words, an inbuilt multiple UI scheme engine that will shift to desktop, laptop, tablet, TV, automobile or wearable mode automatically, depending on the hardware we are pairing the main device (a smartphone) with. This scalability would come out with native apps support, and then expand gradually over all major apps that could make use of it

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I'll just buy you a toaster with a dead goldfish duck-taped to it...

16. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

coming fall 2015 to current phones

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1774; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

17. Rixarm

Posts: 12; Member since: May 20, 2013

Personal unlocking, enterprise, lock to app apis

19. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

These are my favorite (in descending order) .. I believe, these all will lead to significant performance improvements and/or will be very useful in day-to-day lifestyle .. 1. OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android Extension Pack 2. ART, 64-bit trusted execution environment 3. JobsScheduler, multi-network 4. H.265, NDK media APIs 5. Low latency audio recording, audio patch-panel, improved AV sync, USB audio 6. Color inversion, color space correction 7. Material theme and then rest comes in .. All are welcome.

20. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Hope they will update their stock keyboard so it supports also a number row, n hope also that they keep their nexus line cz its the best when u want a pure Android.

24. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Thats a terrible pun (title)

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