Android L: all the new features
posted by Daniel P. / Jun 25, 2014, 2:01 PM
Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Android L SDK is rolling out tomorrow, when we'll know more about the subtle changes that weren't mentioned, and update accordingly.We got a thoroughly revamped interface with the fashionable "flat", but colorful demeanor that many Android manufacturers, like Samsung and LG, adopted for their respective TouchWiz and Optimus overlays. In addition, Google finally overhauled the aging notification system, which looked pale and barren in stock Android, when compared to Samsung's, LG's, or third party efforts you can find in the Play Store. The multitasking options also got a boost with a Google Now-style card system, and there are plenty of other changes to Android under the hood, like the 64-bit compiler and the Project Volta battery life enhancer, so let's dig in, and round up all the novelties for you. The
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I can't wait to use it.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:05 PM 12
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When do we get this. I want now and this is why I'm only considering google play editions next time :(
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:06 PM 0
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The main feature I love is the "context aware unlocking"! Now, I can set up password on my phone and don't get annoyed by having to input my password just to check something really quick every time. I might have to ditch my Z2 for a while to check it out on my Nexus 4 when it comes out this fall.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:11 PM 0
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Agreed on the context unlocking! There is actually a new product on Kickstarter called Vi-TL that works similar... it locks your phone if it is separated from you so you don't have to constantly unlock it all the time.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 5:28 PM 0
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those on-screen navigation keys are a waste of space.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:19 PM 4
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They are exactly the same as every Nexus device since 2011. They are not wasteful at all. The go away in immersive mode and when not needed, unlike physical buttons.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:27 PM 2
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To each his own. I TOTALLY disagree. Phones with on screen keys have a cleaner look to me. Notice the G3 is about the same size as the S5 with a bigger screen. The physical button is lost screen estate.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 11:44 PM 0
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Your phone still has power button. You will need to press it often besides turning on your phone. The home button is my spare button that off load the power button without sacrificing screen estate to display those buttons. if Samsung is going to give me 5.7" will they change it to 6" because they are feeling generous and I deserve 6" using screen buttons.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 11:57 PM 0
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I just love this new version, but man, those new navigation keys look tragic. And they shouldn't have changed the look of recents, now you have to swipe through these pages to find a desired app instead of just selecting it on the straightforward list as it was earlier.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:29 PM 4
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In the grand scheme of things the navigation buttons won't be a big deal but I can't help but wonder: Why??? There was really nothing wrong with the previous design. And I like the look of the recent apps menu and I'll enjoy it if I only have two or three apps open but much more than that and it'll feel cluttered
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 3:54 PM 0
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"context aware unlocking" Hopefully, this means that they will integrate NFC unlocking as a locking method. I just ordered a NFC Ring and it would be nice to use it (natively) as a means of locking/unlocking instead of using a 3rd party or work-around to provide the same functionality!
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:41 PM 1
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I want to know more about what they're doing with USB Audio.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 2:51 PM 0
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It just means they are finally going to make it available. They should have done that years ago.,
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 4:30 PM 0
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It was available, just not across the board for Android devices. Some had to avert to using a specific app to use their DAC (USB Audio Player PRO). Samsung has done a good job of providing the feature, although it's still hit or miss on certain DAC/phone combination. I'm currently using a Fiio E17 with my S4.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 4:57 PM 0
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With all these whites, I think it's safe to say that (s)amoled will be the biggest victim. The real dark feature will be very important now more than ever.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 3:01 PM 0
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