Android L, Material Design, and the LG G3 global release: weekly news round-up

Android L, Material Design, and the LG G3 global release: weekly news round-up
Once again, it is time for our routine weekly news review, and to no surprise, last week's hottest news came during the Google I/O developer conference. Among them was the announcement of Android's latest version, the so-called Android L release, for lack of a sweeter name.

So, what's new in Android L? Well, the user name has been treated to an overhaul and now follows the guidelines of Google's Material Design philosophy. It is focused on simplicity, minimalism, and user friendliness. 

But of course, serious changes have been made under the platform's hood as well. Android L will come with a new default runtime known as ART. Theoretically, it should boost apps' performance significantly without the need for devs to alter their software in any way. Further improvements include battery life optimizations and 64-bit support. 

In the meantime, the LG G3 began its global rollout. The smartphone, which has been on sale in South Korea for several weeks, can now be purchased in parts of Asia and through carriers in select European markets. No specifics were given on a US release, however.

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3 Comments

18. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

WTH with the spams??? ART is great but sad to say that my Nexus 10 cannot have that option enable for me to try. Looking forward for my next upgrade on the the Nexus, I hope Android L do performs and bring more things to my liking.

19. LATOKYO

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

My HTC One (M7) GPE got the Android 4.4.4 update today. Anyone else with GPE phones get updates to 4.4.4?

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