Android L Preview: there's a lot to be excited about

To say that the past couple of days have been exciting for Android enthusiasts would be an understatement. After all, there's a fresh, new flavor of Android on the horizon, as Google confirmed at the I/O conference opening keynote. It is being referred to as "the L release", for lack of a sweeter name, and it brings both visual and functional changes to the platform, as well as tons of improvements under the hood. At the same time, developers will benefit from the tons of newly-added APIs, which will enable them to create apps more powerful than ever...
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48 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Looks elegant. But I dont like the new quick settings panel and the excessive colorful UI is not of my tastes frankly.

4. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Its is a preview so maybe some things will get changed in the final version.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I hope so. +1 but still seems unlikely, they'd rather fix bugs than change design.

31. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Someone will make a mod to bring back the old quick settings panel.... NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE XDA DEVELOPERS...lol and +1 for the username.... :)

34. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hehe thanks bro. :)

21. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I think they should have made something similar to the control center on ios 7 instead of having quick settings in the notification center...swiping from the back button and multitasking button to access the control center and swiping from the home button to access Google search/now would have been much more convenient to us. I don't have any problem with the ui, I think its good but the only thing that I didn't like is that 'huge' font size is not available in the settings , we have it in KitKat, maybe they will add it when its released to us.

23. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Yeah Black & White would've been awesome :p

35. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol no! I didnt mean that, just saying the new ui is brightly colored and too much in face.

29. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I think it's a nice & needed change. Android doesn't want 5+ years to go by with the same identical OS. A little flare is just what the Dr. ordered. It looks stunning.

2. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Android keeps evolving! But I dont like the new back/multi/menu buttons and they should kept the old ones instead.

5. j.khan95

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Yes they look meaningless

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

*Kindergarten blocks ;)

16. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

And many people are calling them PlayStation buttons...yes, maybe the old ones are better but they have been used for a long time and the newer ones aren't that bad, the real solution to that problem is to allow users to customize those buttons

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

according to rumors those are just placeholders and will be changes when its released on Q4

49. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Yeah. A home button should look like a home button, not a circle. A multitasking button should look like sort of a list-thingy, not a square. I guess the back button looks OK, though.

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I think it should be confectionery rather than sweets. But anyway it's a brilliant article!

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Just by looking at Android L, I'm porting it to my M8 as soon as it's available and getting this year's Nexus.

15. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

i still like sense better for some reason, no doubt the best experience on a smartphone right now. tempted to buy an m8 just for sense too

22. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Sense 6 looks great. But I dont like how they f*ed up app drawer and recent apps menu. Otherwise great deed of design.

33. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

i agree about the app drawer, vertical scrolling becomes a problem with a lot of apps.

39. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You get used to it within a matter of a couple of days. This phone is simply amazing.

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hehe, thought you didnt like stock android... :)

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Android L is beautiful. Enough said.

44. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The pure Android feeling on a Nexus is just unbeatable...

9. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I like the look overall, still not too keen on the shapes for the on screen buttons and the recent apps menu. But I'll have to use it to get a good feel of it. Can't wait to get it on my Nexus 7 though :)

10. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

This is the most boring OS I have seen since MS-DOS on PC. It may be bad enough for me to switch to another OS so I can at least stay awake.

11. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

This is the most boring OS I have seen since MS-DOS on PC. It may be bad enough for me to switch to another OS so I can at least stay awake.

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol k. Switch to whatever you want, dont whine. :)

45. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Troll. I bet you don't even have an Android...

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It's pretty nice to use. Fast, fluid and not saw hard on eyes as made out to be. Enhanced settings like do not disturb is kool. Worth checking out if you can.
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