Poll results: Is Android L the most important Android update ever?

One of the biggest software-related news in recent months was the announcement of Android L, Google’s brand new Android iteration that will be released sometime this fall. Google showcased a lot of the features that Android L comes with, and it even made a developer preview available for its Nexus devices (only owners of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 can get it at the moment).

While some things about Android L may change before it reaches regular users, it’s already more than obvious that this is a massive update. But is it the most important Android update ever? Well, we ran a poll last week, asking you exactly this question.

From the total of 4,843 votes, 2,307 voters (47.64%) are already convinced that Android L represents the most important update since Google’s platform was first announced back in 2008. 1,878 voters (38.78%) aren’t so sure about this, still waiting to test Android L before deciding. Finally, only 658 voters (13.59%) said that the L release isn’t the most important Android update yet (with ICS, Gingerbread, or Jelly Bean being more important to some of our readers).

In case you didn’t bother counting, Android L is the tenth major Android update. Before it, we had Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat.

To know more about Google's latest software achievements, you can check out our Android L preview, a visual comparison between Android L and KitKat, and even an Android L vs. iOS 8 post here.

Is Android L the most important Android update ever?

I'll have to wait until I can test it myself to be sure



1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I would have been in the "not sure" category. But then again, I own a Nexus 7 2013, so I'm firmly in the "yes" category.

2. swayze91

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I'm really excited for this update.

3. Saamic

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I do not think the aesthetic modification of the navigation buttons was done well. The choice in making the multitasking button a square and the home button a circle does not seem completely arbitrary, but intuitively one would not look at the square and correlate it to multitasking and the circle and correlate it to home. UI designers of this era seem to think the simpler is better, however I believe that oversimplification is still valid, and I think this is a good example of it. I just hope this oversimplification does not carry through the entire UI. Aside from the design change, with performance enhancements and Project Volta, I think this update will be substantially awesome.

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Those buttons at the bottom are not set in stone - even on google's own pages one pic shows they are back and slightly different than kk.

4. Busyboy unregistered

This update is as big as 2.3 to 4.0, so one of the biggest IMO just not sure it it is the most important until tested

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

But in between 2.3 and 4.0 there was 3.0 HoneyComb, so 2.3 to 4.0 wasn't really one big update. Right?

10. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

He means all the updates from 2.3-4.0 together.

15. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Phones went from 2.3 to 4.0.

23. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I guess it makes sense to consider it one update. In that case, I'm pretty sure 2.3 to 4.0 is the biggest update to Android, not 4.4 to 5.0...

19. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

well honeycomb was for tablets which wasn't all that great of an idea to have the separate platforms so yea the actual changes from 2.3 to 4.0 4.1 were amazing i actually didn't see much change in the kit kat to be honest with a solid flagship with out it being nexus its not a huge difference

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I don't think it is, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. Previous verions added important features like tethering, support for higher def screens, higher def video recording, and other such things we now take for granted. The later versions of Android are extremely capable when it comes to features and abilities. What remains for Android to do is making things smoother, faster, and more responsive. We'll have to wait and see if L can do this.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do think this is a major release. Ofcourse version updates gave us more and more features. Better experience (project butter) and such. But Android is really maturing, emphasizing more on user experience and usability across the platform. It becomes an OS not only for tech geeks, but for inexperienced users as well. And I do think that is a good thing.

9. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Android L ???? Does the L stands for Lag...????

11. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

You're a funnyguy

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011


16. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Now that lag is pretty much gone what are haters going to say?

27. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

We have 2014 the lag shouldn't be pretty much gone, it should be all gone..

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It should be, but it still happens. With Android, with iOS, with WP. Get over it.

22. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

No, it stands for Lagfree :)

13. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No!!!... Its just a skin atop of android ICS.. ..

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You are incredibly wrong.

24. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

If a new skin includes significant enhancements to graphical performance, RAM utilization, and battery usage, as well as enhanced security, then Android L is indeed merely a skin over ICS.

25. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

You, sir, are an ignorant.

26. Reynolds1

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

And 500 new APIs for devs

17. tyger11

Posts: 290; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The combination of switching to ART, and the battery life improvement alone are HUGE, even aside from any UI changes.

18. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Not really, but it is good as my daily OS.

20. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

i honestly don't think it matters unless you have a nexus or google edition device which are a very small percentage. but maybe that opinion will change after getting the update and seeing what improvements are there but i feel skins provided by a manufacture give that differentiation of capabilities there were things in touchwiz i thought were things i loved and couldn't have on other platforms (i know nerds its laggy for you) touchwiz offered wireless radio access from the pull down menu which made amazing sense and was adopted by many even apple but i couldn't see that in stock android the average end user loves it when i show it to my customer

21. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Android popularity really started booming with Gingerbread. Maybe just a coincidence, but I'm going with Gingerbread.

28. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Galaxy S6 flexible screen with android L. The countdown begins

29. michaelmicro unregistered

I definitely think this is one of the most important updates Google has ever made to Android. I think it's great that Google are finally showing consumers that they do care about design and user experience and that they are prepared to make changes to improve these areas.

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