The latest Android L build features tweaked navigation keys and status bar icons

The latest Android L build features tweaked navigation keys and status bar icons
Late yesterday, we were notified of the existence of a new Android L build, spotted on Google's Chromium tracker (a feedback tool for Android among other Google products). The bug submission revealed an LMP LRW87D build running on a Nexus 5, and a short video that was also appended, showed a specific crash that seems to occur when the user plays back video from the Discovery.com site.

So far, nothing that intriguing, right? We thought so too, but one of our (anonymous) readers has noticed that something is a bit off about the video -- the software navigation keys and the status bar icons (like Wi-Fi, the clock, the Google Play icon) have been tweaked. After a closer inspection, we've got to agree that that is, indeed, the case, meaning that Google might be thinking of adding another layer of polish to L before launch. Unfortunately, we can't say that making the navigation buttons smaller is a very good idea, though we can't altogether disregard the possibility that the search giant is simply playing around with the overall look before making up its mind.

Instead of forcing you to play a game of spot the differences, we've highlighted the changes (did the battery icon change too?). Obviously, do keep in mind that the two shots are not at the same scale, so there will be some difference between the actual sizes and what you're looking at here, though it's undeniable that the changes are there. Take a peek.

The latest Android L build features tweaked navigation keys and status bar icons

Thanks for pointing this out, Anonymous tipster!

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18 Comments

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Don't like that Wi-Fi symbol.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Looks like a piece of pie.

14. Lleweraf

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

wi-pie

15. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Prefer the older Wi-fi style =/

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

It has been the wifi symbol for notification toggle in stock android for long time....

10. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The wifi symbol w/ no lines? No it hasn't.

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I mean notification toggle when off...

19. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Apple designers got something new to copy for their 2020 iphone.

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I thought the softkeys was already like this on the leaked Nexus 6?

3. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 259; Member since: May 15, 2013

Yep but they seem to be a bit smaller now

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

It would be nice if Google would change chrome back to how it was... For a company that has been making apps and an OS chrome and it's refresh button being hidden is nonsense.

8. Utopian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The sofrware keys look like ancient Greek symbols..! Kitkat/jellybean is much better

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

The design changes are more in line with android L.. Like No lines in between wifi symbol just like how there is no line in L keyboard or apps menu....and bright white colour compared to the half white of kitkat....

11. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

This is definitely something I'm going to lose sleep over...

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

But, but, what about the battery symbol?! It used to look like a plain battery, but now it's got a lightning bolt thru it!! /s

16. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Charging I think....

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Miss the /s for sarcasm?

17. jcru2001

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Anyone else want to see the address bar moved to the bottom of screen like Windows mobile explorer? Simple thumb tap and convenient. Or at least the option in settings.

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