Android L vs Android KitKat: A visual comparison

Android L vs Android KitKat: A visual comparison
While Android L is not ready for game time just yet (not least because it hasn't even received a proper name yet), Google nevertheless treated us to a lengthy demo of the new update during the I/O keynote speech yesterday, and the changes are quite extensive.

For one, beyond the troves of new APIs that will allow third-party developers to provide even more immersive experiences within and outside their apps, and even beyond the many new features and performance improvements that are on board L, Google also introduced quite the design overhaul. Indeed, the next Android version will be decidedly flatter, and more minimalistic and colorful than ever before. Google has also labored hard to bring even the smaller details to life through animated feedback, and so far we're pretty happy with what we've seen. 

Design overhauls are always a big deal, especially when you consider how stale Android KitKat has started feeling, despite the minor changes it itself introduced in regards to the platform's design. This will inevitably attract quite some attention from consumers, and many of you will wonder exactly how the next version of the world's most popular mobile OS compares with what we have available right now with KitKat. As you can imagine, we're here to oblige. Take a look!

Disclaimer: Keep in mind that the currently-available Android L Preview build is not final and design is subject to change.

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76 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Why does the "pizza recipes" app in #24 have a picture of cupcakes?

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is and always be a mystery to you! :D

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'll refuse to die before I know the answer :)

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I'll hit ya with a 3310, lets see how you refuse anymore. ;)

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You got me there :( I don't understand why some governments still waste money to develop nuclear bombs. They should just order a bunch of 3310's and save some cash :)

28. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

LOL... Too funny. BTW, I liked the new UI very much, so neat and clean and fresh and and flat and simply awesome, eagerly waiting for my friend's Nexus 4 update.

23. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Cupcake is the secret recipes in pizza.

32. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

..in a HowtoBasic video. :D

37. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

No. He uses eggs.

43. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

It doesn't matter, because his videos doesn't makes sense anyway. :D

44. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

True :)

40. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

cause it will be called droid cupcake?

60. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have to say this new UI looks crazy sexy. I really can wait to see this in action. Just beautiful. Let's place bets here, how much of Android L will iOS 9 steal?!? lol

2. nomancool unregistered

looks cool .. cant wait for the factory images

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

What exactly does the new recents button do? Or is it the same?

27. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Does the exact same, just a new UI. http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/126246-image/New-recent-apps-menu.jpg BTW I liked the old one better. :)

36. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I also prefer the old one.

38. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

67. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I don't really like that, since I usually have quite a lot of tabs open Personally I like the M8's recents IMO its faster since it shows more apps on the screen

4. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Hmm ~ The Play Music app UI kind of look alike with current Sony Walkman app UI ~

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Love the new refresh. Hurry up with the official release so manufacturers can start developing updates for us, I need this!

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I like 70% of new L UI, the rest 30% I still prefer the Kitkat holo UI. Hey sounds like ios 6-7 crisis :D

50. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Yeah.. search and maps were better in kitkat IMO

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

BTW Sony will sue Google for using triangle, circle and a square. (no really)

10. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Kinda looks the same as what htc did with sense 6

11. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Not fond of the "triangle, circle, square" looks like some generic kids' educational software.

15. redmd

Posts: 1927; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Would you prefer "A" and "B" or "X" and "Y"?

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

He would probably prefer the ones that are on kitkat

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I'll take the sense 6 buttons over this and kitkat :)

34. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Yesterday, I was using the Sense buttons, today I'm using the Android L buttons. Download SoftkeyZ. The beauty of Android- customization. :]

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