Is Android L the most important Android update ever?

Is Android L the most important Android update ever?
Google this week announced a brand new version of Android, and you probably heard about it even if you’re not an Android user. Google is referring to the new iteration of its platform as “Android L”, and we expect it to receive a proper moniker come launch time.

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.

Is Android L the most important Android update ever?

Yes
47.64%
No
13.59%
I'll have to wait until I can test it myself to be sure
38.78%

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54 Comments

1. Mark7

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Absolutely Yes.

20. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Compared to Gingerbread and Ice cream sandwich, this update is just not important enough. Now, i am not saying this update is not good enough.But its importance cant be compared to that of Gingerbread or ice cream sandwich.

23. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I think Android L major upgrade to ICS, juz like ICS was to Gingerbread

30. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Jellybean, because they focused on smoothness from that point on.

40. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This update focus on developers . I think google is on the right track

31. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I agree. ICS was the most important update Android has ever had.

36. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

IMHO Gingerbread was the most important, maybe ICS brought more features but since Gingerbread Android became fully mature OS.

37. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

^^ this is the point i was trying to make..

49. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

They missed to mention the Multi-Window support and Knox , that Google took from Samsung

50. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Except for 64 bit support and new notification slides(and several minor features like usb audio,bluetooth 4.1,opengl es 3.1), i think all of the updates were already there on samsung handsets and on several other brands too...like power saving(volta),,Screen mirroring,etc..

27. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

This poll is like iOS users -- huge Placebo effect. Ask any iOS user how his device feels after an update, he will immediately tell you that the 'Safari is so much snappier now'.

39. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

+1 hahahaha I like that "safari is snappier now"

33. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I agree !! .. It's gonna be a Performance & Design centric update !! This update will also open thousands of new opportunities to developers to touch design, animations, and performance aspects with those 5000 new APIs.

2. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Most important ever?! Too early to tell. Important? Yes very!

3. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Not even close, 4.1/4.2 project butter was the most important update since android was made.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

ICS was the biggest change but I didn't vote. It's way too early to tell. Kind of a pointless poll you got there PA.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I hated the Android design before ICS Project butter is a close second IMO because before it Android was quite laggy I'm looking forward to L, even faster, better design and animations I'm tempted to flash it but I still want to loss xposed and have some apps incompatible So I'm gonna wait for the final release, hopefully xposed is ready by then

18. dd989

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

it absolutely is as it brings support for 64 bit and brings a much needed design improvement, holo was getting boring in my opinion

4. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

How can we even answer a poll when there isn't even available the software upgrade for us to answer to? PA you guys have lost almost all respect from me with your repeated stories, your what ifs about this and that and now a poll on something we don't even have as consumers.

6. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Oh wait here's a poll for you guys to throw out there that fits your mind frame. It should read which OS do you feel had the most advancements Android project Z iOS 15 Windows 10.1 This would really fall in the lines of your latest stories.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You literally took the words from my mouth. I'm not voting this poll. PA has become really hungry for web traffic since last year and that's sad.

5. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

For me ice cream sandwich and jelly bean are two most important so far.. Still yet to test android L myself though..

7. redmd

Posts: 1911; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I think ICS was the most important update ever. Nevertheless Android L will also be an important update but not really much compared to the GB to ICS jump.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In my opinion yes since Android L has 5000 new API calls.

12. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Did you count them all?

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Do you count every new feature when a new version of iOS is released? Or do you take Apple's word for it? Seriously, he said nothing that should anger any other OS fan, why be a d*#k about it?

45. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Thanks VZWuser76 :)

46. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Geesh can I troll his comments like he does mines? I like how you're coming to his rescue, how cute lol

48. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Geesh can I troll his comments like he does mines?" No! http://goo.gl/dCFMIG :D

44. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is not my opinion, it is official information from Google. But if you don't believe then you can search for documentation and count all new APIs to be sure.

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