Did you know: 5 interesting facts about Android L

Google unveiled its brand new version of Android at Google I/O nearly a month ago, and that makes for more than enough time for us to get acquainted and even used to the developer preview.

With a brand new look and feel, something that Google calls ‘Material design’, and plentiful changes under the hood, Android L is one of the most massive updates the world’s most popular operating system.

Did you know, though, that it comes with quite a few ‘firsts’ that really make it stand out? We recap 5 interesting facts about Android L right below, take a look.



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Well before Jake comes and craps on it. I got to say, L rocks. Grats Google for a Dev preview, this is slick.

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

100% Agree!

8. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'm a WP fan and user, and I've said it before, I'll say it again. I really like Android L. It looks sleek and sexy. Kudos to Google on this one.

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Not sure if serious.... Serious in liking L or speculative similarity with tiles conspiracy that has a lot in common with a supposed lake monster? To be %100 clear, this looks nothing at all or like WP! If serious, hope you try it out honestly when it's a full release later.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Nowhere did he say L looks like 8.1. Nowhere.

22. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

True, my bad.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Now this is interesting. Thanks phonearena. Those iPhone 6 parts were very boring.

38. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Yes give us top 5 android L features we might already know about!


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

And how will the nexus 6 get a 64-bit CPU? I thought snapdragon 810 was coming next year.

5. Busyboy unregistered

If its true then probably SD 808

33. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No way. Dual core Cortex A57 + quad core A53 would be less powerful than quad core Krait 400, even after the added performance of 64 bit.

35. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Qualcomm is not the only CPU vendor out there. In fact a number of of chip OEMs make 64 bit CPUs as well. For instance Intel already has 64 bit CPUs that already run Android now on Intel. Samsung, Motorola, and a few others already have 64bit CPUs in some of their phones and tablets. Mediatek, Nivida, Rockchip, LG, Samsung all are releasing 64bit Arm CPUs. In fact Qualcomms first 64bit chip should be the Snapdragon 410 CPU this fall.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Although that sounds a bit ambitious but if Google partners with Samsung on Nexus 6 then there is a high chance of it releasing with 64-bit Exynos processor. We heard quite a bit about Google forming strong relations with Samsung and I sincerely hope the new Nexus is not based on LG G3 coz of its awful display and size.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well my last phone was a Samsung Galaxy Nexus... and that phone was nothing to brag about....

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL....are you serious ?! It was the first phone to debut the most successful android version yet, Ice Cream Sandwich ! It was also the first android phone with a 720p display ! Nexus phones phones were never known for their ground breaking specs but Galaxy Nexus was.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm pretty sure you're wrong about it being the first phone with 720p display... And yes it was the first phone with ICS, I guess you could say that the stuff that irritated me the most about it was Verizon forcing their crap on the phone, and TI for lack of support. Even though it was a Nexus device, I saw other phones get OS updates before my own. Aside from that, I guess you could say that my frustration with the phone just so happens to be with the fact that it aged poorly, it slowed down really bad towards the end of its lifecycle, and the battery would drop 20% on the 30 minute commute to work (Even after removing a majority of the software and removing background programs regularly). If I wanted to hug walls, I would have gone with an iPhone.

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It was the very first phone with a 720p screen. It was a bigger deal than the iPhone's Retina screen. Blame Verizon for all your problems because the unlocked version of the phone worked flawlessly.

28. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The 720p display wasn't that great tbh it had troubles with low brightness, the GPU barely could handle the 720p resolution, a 5MP camera that was awful, and pityful battery life. With that being said it still set the standard regarding smoothness(on 4.1) and camera speed on Android when it came out.

9. Busyboy unregistered

I doubt they would go to Samsung yet again. Nexus usually changes after 2 models with a company, so I'm hoping Sony gets it next. Since their allowing you to unlock the bootloader something must be up.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No offense, but I hope you're wrong about soc platform, not bit width. Somehow I feel Nexus will be higher end then G3 if made by LG again, which I feel will happen. We all know G2 and N5 are sister models basically, but I think Google may have little more influence on the over all package this time around. Just my hunch. Oh, I also have felt all along, but honestly questioning it, that it'll be 64 bit, the part where I was way off was the G3 which I thought was going to be too. ( LG released the G3 half baked IMO)

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sorry, I wandered, I meant the G3 coming with higher end soc like 805, not the lack of being 64. As if the N5(14, model) is 64, it'll be head an shoulders shove their own flagship the G3.

36. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I would be happy with a Tegra K1 that's underclocked to save battery. The dual core 64 bit version is apparently as powerful as the 32 bit quad core, which has A15 cores at 2.3 GHz. That's impressive considering most other A15 based SoCs run under 2 GHz, and work with their A7 cores in big.Little for their benchmark scores. And the GPU is 3 times as powerful as the GPU in the A7 chip in the iPhone 5S and new iPads, that definitely leaves some room for underclocking while still being a good upgrade from the S800 in the Nexus 5.

66. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

I really think nexus 6 will get a 64bit soc because nexus is supposed to showcase latest android in its full glory and since android L supports 64bit nexus must have it else its pointless for developers to buy nexus to optimise their apps. Nexus is meant for developers to optimise their apps for the latest android release and 32bit android nexus will nit allow them to do so .

13. james.blunt.1973

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

What comes after Nexus 6? Nexus 7?

44. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Google will probably add a suffix to the nexus names and revert the numbering to zero or 1. Ex google nexus one. They can even call the nexus 6 the "Nexus L." So the next model could be named Nexus L2 or Nexus M. Nexus 7 is already used in the 2012 nexus tablet made by asus with tegra 3 and the nexus 7 2013 with s4pro soc. nexus 7 name might still be used on the 3rd iteration if they ever made such product, could use 64but soc from any manufacturer and QHD display. Or just release nexus 8 rumored to be made by htc.

16. Trolloftheyear

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

Best smartphone OS will be even better.

20. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Are the users able to stay on Dalvik? Some apps may not work on ART.

45. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Just like 64bit windows, android L still has dalvik to run legacy apps. Its transparent, users dont need to switch anything. If apps are not upgraded to art version, android will select dalvik as its runtime for only such app. Thats how i understand it, correct me if im wrong...

46. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

When I am using ART Runtime on the Galaxy S5, I cannot run some apps whereas they work with Dalvik. Android doesn't select Dalvik automatically, and it's impossible to do it manually. Maybe it changed on Android L.

52. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Wrong. ART is the same crap as Dalvik besides it compiles upon installing rather than while executing.

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