Android L Q&A: Post your questions here!

Android L Q&A: Post your questions here!

Android L – it is here, but it is not. Google has already put the latest version of its platform in developers' hands, but ordinary folks won't have the chance to experience it until later this year. We, however, have it running on our Google Nexus 5 and we've been tinkering with it for the past few days. In fact, we gave it a preview already and we even compared it to the upcoming iOS 8

Still, is there anything else about the Android L release that you wish to know? If so, then you're at the right place. We've decided to have a Q&A session for Android L so that any of our readers who don't have access to the beta can learn more about what's coming. Just before you shoot your question at us in the comments below, see if it has not been already answered in a post from our Android L coverage. We'll answer your questions to the best of our knowledge in a separate article, which will be posted in a few days. 

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68 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

what are the features that you find better or worse on android L compared to android 4.4 jellybean?

2. crazymonkey05

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Android 4.4 is KitKat

23. drunkenjay

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

wups my bad got confused =p

3. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Someone doesn't know the difference between Jellybean (4.3) and KitKat (4.4) lol

37. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

All major updates have a mascot.. Like Kitkat Android, Jellybean Android, A Bee Android, ICS Android... What will the mascot for Android L if they dont name it Lollipop or Limepie or something... Are they going too professional from where they were by not naming it with some dessert name ? If they are not, then what will be the android design for Android "L".. Coz how you market your product always matters... also visualizing... :)

4. crazymonkey05

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Is android L gunna have all the performance that KitKat and jellybean had? Like project svelte and project butter?

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Obviously. They aren't going to take those features away in a new version. Android L is actually going to have better performance now that ART is the default runtime.

49. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

"They are not going to take those features away in a new version" -- But it may happen; that bringing some new functionality in Android L may affect the performance of the feature implemented earlier (e.g. project butter) .. in that case & in my opinion; the question (posted by crazymonkey05) remains valid ..

61. RedMage1928

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

It's the first iteration of the new OS version;doubtless there will be bugs and areas to improve.

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Why they use Android "L" instead some dessert name.

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Do u know guys that Google using ABCD...XYZ means alphabetical order for updates. Gingerbread as G Honeycomb as H Ice cream as I Jelly Bean as J KitKat as K And L, I don't why just L not name. Next version will M

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It could be better if they called it "Lollipop" or "Lime Pie"

10. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Sorry to end your happiness but.......... everyone know this... not "everyone" but most of us know

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Also Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, and Froyo (Frozen Yogurt) before that. And this is just a developer's preview, not the official release. they'll come out with a real name on the official release; probably Lollipop.

62. RedMage1928

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Lifesaver?

15. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

lol, you just found out that now??

30. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Lol. Yep...

16. LuisM270

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

The name is still unknown, but there would be a dessert name, probably lime cake, lime pie, lollipop

7. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Does every phone support it as easy, or do you need better processors and ram to get optimal performance? Is it also possible for low-range devices to run it smoothly?

8. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Can the developers make a custom ROM based on Android L for other than the nexus 5? sorry for the noob question...

17. LuisM270

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Of course, only you need to wait until final release of Android L

20. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Thanks man

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

What hardware requirements Android L has ?

18. LuisM270

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Maybe phones with at least quadcore chips and 1gb of ram, but everyone knows that any dev can port roms to any device

14. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Have the country flags been added to the keyboard emojis?

19. mc1191

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Will stock icons be redesigned to match overall flat theme of Android L?

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Most likely, but they would probably do that for the official release My guess is the dev preview is more to test the new features and so devs can update their apps for the newer version ART

21. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

IF you have a galaxy note 3 will android L work on your phone I heard it will only support 64bit chips

27. PowTheBowl

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

It has support for 64bit chips, but it doesn't mean it won't support 32bit chips

22. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

why isn't it called lolli pop?

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