The next version of Android, called Android L has been unveiled by Google. It is a huge update as the new software has undergone an extensive re-design with a new objective in mind: consistent brand appearance among all devices i.e. the same software will be used across desktop and mobile – across Smartphone’s, tablets, laptops, TVs, computers and much more besides.

As per Google’s Rich Hyndman, “The Android L preview release is primarily for developers, to test their apps and get them ready for the L launch. It is the first time we’ve had a preview release and it will mean less chance of issues with apps in the Play Store at launch and more apps ready to take advantage of the new features”. You can also download Android L right away before its launch this year, but the software is very much in beta stage and is not without its bugs.

How Android L is different?

Below is a breakdown of all the new, key elements of Android L which makes it different and better than other Android versions:

Material Design:

Google has evolved Android L with Material Design which is a complete overhaul of how Android looks, how it functions and how you, the user, interacts with it. The system used is incredibly dynamic and flexible, which allows your app to express its individual character, brand with bold colors, theme able elements and a variety of responsive UI patterns, allowing animation and styling effects.

Enhanced Notifications:

Android L has updated its notification screen, making it more interactive, as users can see, expand and interact with notifications, even they can respond to messages. “Visibility Controls” and “Heads up Notifications” inclusion in Android L, lets you manage the types of information shown on your device’s lock screen, and displays content and actions in a small floating window, sort of like Facebook’s Chat Heads – just not quite as invasive.

Security:

Android L have introduced Personal Unlocking, with which you can tie a “safe” mode to certain locations or devices and you can even set it so that if you’re at home, or if you’re wearing a paired smart watch, your phone won’t ask you for a security password.

Battery Life:

In order to give developers a better idea of how battery hungry their app is Google has developed a new tool called “Battery Historian” which lets you visualize power events over time and understand how your app is using battery. A new “job scheduler” API inside Android L also lets developers set the conditions under which background tasks and other jobs should run – like when the device is idle or connected to a charger – in a bid to minimize battery impact. 

BLE Peripheral Mode:

Apps can use this capability to broadcast their presence to nearby devices. You can now also build an app for a phone that acts as a pedometer or health monitor and can transmit data to another BLE device like LG’s G Watch.

Advanced Camera Capabilities:

There’s a bunch of new camera-centric APIs in Android L, which lets you capture raw sensor data and control its parameters such as exposure time, frame duration, on a per-frame basis and ISO sensitivity. You can now enhance your image yourself.

Gaming:

Android L brings with it support for OpenGL ES 3.1 i. e. support for compute shaders, texture gather for your games and stencil textures. You can also couple this with Android Extension Pack (AEP), a new set of extensions to OpenGL ES, to get console-grade gaming. Games will be able to take benefit of tessellation, geometry shaders, a la PC, console gaming, and will be able to use ASTC texture compression across multiple GPU technologies. 

Android Runtime (ART):

Android L has made the Android Runtime (ART) as its system default. ART offers ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation, more efficient garbage collection, improved development and debugging features. It may also improve performance of your device with no action required by the developer. 

64-bit Support:

Android L has also added support for 64-bit ABIs, providing additional address space and thereby improving its performance with certain compute workloads. You can now immediately run apps written in the Java language on 64-bit architectures with no use of further modification.

So, get ready for an awesome and efficient Android Platform for your Tablets, Laptops, Smartphone’s, etc. Android L will begin rolling out to consumers in Q4. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]