Android L screenshot sets pop up, show a new keyboard, new settings, and lots of color

With the tentatively-named Android L project that Google announced yesterday, 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 some third party efforts you can find in manufacturer overlays, or the Play Store...
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1. xMichaelDuncanx

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Colour Coded Notification Bar!:) Can't wait till Note 3 gets 5.0, then when I go on Apps like WhatsApp the Status bar will go Green, can't wait, been waiting on this for ages without rooting. Hopefully Note 3 gets Colour Coded Notification Bar, hopefully Samsung doesn't take it out when they update Note 3 to 5.0

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Dont hold your breath for that, samsung will touchwizify it. Also note 3 didnt get S5 like UI so I doubt it will ever happen. :(

21. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes but.....Wait!!! What about GPEs?

29. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

now you know most readers on here who has a note 3, have the GPE ROM

34. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Of course Note 3 hasn't got S5 UI YET. There haven't been any major Note 3 software rollouts since the S5 was out. We just have to wait. Doesn't mean they are not going to dooh it

16. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Xposed "tinted status bar" has existed for a long time now.

18. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

if you're rooted you can install xposed tools and go for tinted status bar

22. xMichaelDuncanx

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Not away to root, tinted status bar should have been in stock android by now, I'm not away to root for a simple think, Google should have added it a long time ago instead of having a chunky black status bar always at the top.

26. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

i'm assuming you don't have a way to root, ever tried towelroot? there's also force transparent module for xposed that can force all apps to have transparent status and nav bars if you don't like to root, that's fine as well lol

2. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Really hope this is all backwards compatible with Android 4.0+, because if not, Google just shot itself in the foot.

19. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

i wouldn't hold my breath, seeing as 4.0 improvements were not made available to 2.3 users

24. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Yes but at that time Google made a mistake, and it ended up costing them a lot. They can't even begin to imagine the repercussions of repeating the same mistake. I, for one, will focus more on iOS development than Android development if Material Design isn't available for 4.0+

27. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

why was it a mistake? isn't that the point of moving android forward, refining its design for future versions? i would ask you what the point of updating 4.0+ devices is, seeing as it would not make its way to devices via manufacturer skins, and it already being available to the latest version of the OS

28. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

You completely missed the point of my comment. Though in retrospect my comment doesn't really say what I meant to say so apologies. My point was that this theme and these elements should be supported by Android 4.0+ so when apps are updated to use material design, they look the same, and look just as good on Android 4.0+. With Holo UI, it wasn't backwards compatible. So any app made with Holo elements wouldn't work on GB so the apps continued to look crap on GB while the requirements to run Holo was a device with Android 4.0+. If the do the same thing with Material design then most of the people will have to deal with crappy apps and when devs design apps with material design, they will also have to make a holo version for Android 4.0+. That's what I originally meant, and you can see why that would be a really really bad thing. Disastrous actually.

31. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

ah, that makes sense now i'm not a dev so i wouldn't know what problems they would encounter in coding apps, but i agree that people will have to deal with crappy apps. luckily, by the time material design has taken over holo in the majority of apps people will have upgraded to newer phones, say, in two years time and hopefully the devices they upgrade to are rocking the newest version

32. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

It's been half a year and kitkat has a market share of 15%. Even after 2 years holo will be widely available enough so that developers will still have to support it. So Google really has to give backwards compatibility with this.

3. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Note 3 android 5.0 wont come before February and when it does it will be missing features like 4.4 and art...custom is 10x better

4. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

The 1st picture , cards! R.I.P. webOS. :(

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

The first thumbnail screenshot looks strikingly similiar to wp. Btw PA the slideshow pics are not screenshots. :D

6. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

I'm in love with the L Release! :')

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Mee tooo... Love the new UI. But why navigation button's background always black?? It should've been transparent or same as status bar.

15. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I agree with you. Except when it comes to the navigation buttons (Triangle, Circle & Square) that's the only thing that sucks IMO. But, it's Android and I can change that :D

25. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

The more I look at them, the more I like them. I wish there was something they could do about the black bar being constantly present unless I'm watching video, but that's a fairly minor detail.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I dont like the excessive colorful UI, That was the one reason I found stock android more elegant than Touchwiz, Lg ui, wp and ios. :(

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Why no transparent status/button bars...?

11. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Not a fan of the new UI, but at least that's one of Android 'a strengths and you can change it.

12. peace247 unregistered

Why is the setting menu having dark theme in screenshot and light in the photos..... Does android 5 has both the option..

13. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Seems like copy of Sense 6 to me.

14. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Am I the only one lovin the PS-like navigation buttons. Now we need an "X"

17. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Resembles Lil bit to sense 6 over all appearance except card view .
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