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[Google I/O 2014] Google previews Android L, the next major Android version

Right after the Android One, Google has also announced a developer preview of the upcoming Android L release in Google I/O 2014.

The new Android L is the next major Android version, though its final name and version number yet to be confirmed. The Android L comes with new UI - refreshed status bar, dialer and other system apps. The new firmware also comes with redesigned transition animations.

With Android L, the notifications are now available on the lockscreen, which is same as Nokia X Platform. Users can now either tap a notification from the lockscreen and be taken to the app responsible for it, or you can swipe it right off.

The new Chrome browser offers a new fluid design with the different parts of its UI changing size to give you easier access to the most relevant options. Its performance has also been tweaked and the GUI rendering has been fixed at 60 fps making scrolling around appear extra smooth.

The ART runtime in Android L allows apps to run faster and is compatible with ARM, x86 and MIPS architectures. It also provides better memory benefits and supports 64-bit.

Another highlight of the Android L is the Project Volta. The Project Volta comes with new Battery Saver mode, which can tune down the CPU, turn off the phone's radio and as a result extend its power autonomy. The Nexus 5 is said to be last for additional 90 minutes usage time with the new Project Volta.

Google has also introduced separation between personal and work data in Android L. No modification to existing apps is needed and company IT admins will be able to bulk deploy apps to employees. Samsung Knox feature will work on any device and will be brought to any Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

The new Android L comes with Google Fit, which is similar to Apple HealthKit. It will track steps, your sleep and other health metrics. Apps will be able to request access to this data, but it's optional for users.

The Android L developer version will be released tomorrow for developers with Nexus 5 or Nexus 7. While the over the air updates for end-users will arrive in the Fall, which is around the time that iOS 8 release for end-users.


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