Google has a new version of Android in the works and it is to be called ‘Android L’, this was revealed to the public at Google’s I/O conference in June. According to reports, Android L will be a major departure from the normal operating system we are used to. It is said that it will have a completely redesigned interface with more fluid animations and will focus more on improving battery life, it will also be compatible with 64-bit processors for the first time.
Android L is expected to be released in the last quarter of 2014 as a rival to Apple’s iOS 8. It is already available now, for developer preview on the Nexus 5 and 7 devices. It is available on developer.android.com, I hear that users of third party Android devices can also install a custom ROM, don’t quote me though, lol.
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Although Google hasn’t talked about an official release date, rumours are that it will launch with the next Nexus device, together with Android TV and Android Auto.
Although it is unclear if Google will stick to the name, Android L is the first Android operating system which is not named after a sweet food item, the previous versions were: Apple Pie, Banana bread, Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat.
Android L reportedly has a new material design scheme inspired from pens and inks, every icon and user interface element casts an accurate shadow to give a sense of depth. Everything animates as you touch it, with objects flying into view and tapped icons rippling like puddles. The home screen, lock screen, Quick Settings pull-down menu, main settings page and the onscreen navigation buttons have received a makeover, and Android L will also include new system widgets to match the design scheme, every Google app will also be redesigned to match the new look.
The notifications system has also been worked on, Android users wont need to unlock their phones to check, dismiss or respond to notifications as they can now be accessed from the lock screen. There are lots of other features which will be made known when it is released.