Is Android L the most important Android update ever?
Regardless of its final name, Android L is impressive, because it brings a surprisingly high number of novelties, starting with a massive UI redesign that’s the result of what Google is calling Material Design. Put simply, Android L looks very different from Android KitKat - and we think that this is a good thing (of course, KitKat itself looks good, too). Google even redesigned Android’s on-screen buttons, which, in Android L, are basic, flat geometric shapes. You can see the visual differences between Android L and Android KitKat here.
The changes that are under the hood in Android L include a new set of tools and APIs gathered under the name Project Volta. According to Google, Project Volta will allow apps - and the whole system - to run more efficiently in order to save battery life. Google also added 64-bit support, as well as support for OpenGL ES 3.1. You can check out many more details in our Android L preview.
All in all, it seems to us that this may be Google’s biggest, most important Android update ever - since the platform’s initial release back in 2008. Do you agree? Cast your votes in the poll below!
P.S.: While an Android L developer preview is already available to Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 owners, Google did not say exactly when it’s going to properly launch the new version of the OS. It should happen sometime this fall anyway.