Google previews latest version of Android

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Google previews latest version of Android
Google previews Android L at Google I/O 2014

MANILA, Philippines – At Google I/O 2014 on June 25 (June 26, Philippine time), Google released the latest version of the Android operating system, introduced as Android L.

Android L is what they’re calling a consistent vision for mobile, desktop, and beyond, expected to release in the Fall of 2014. 

Android L is based around Material Design, which uses shadows and elevation to create user interface layers for the operating system. There is easier transition between apps, as well as a better overall experience when new elements appear.

ANDROID L. The latest version of Android has an improved interface that works on a material design philosophy. Screen shot from keynote.

Android L also reworks the notifications system, with the lock screen giving a full list of notifications you can act on. There is also a new type of notification, known as heads-up notifications, which appear over an open app and can be acted on too, allowing for swiping to dismiss the notification and tapping to open the app connected to that notification.

A smart unlock feature, described as Trusted Environments, is also available as part of Android L, where the security of the device automatically changes based on the proximity of nearby devices that it recognizes. When there’s a nearby friendly bluetooth watch, for example, the device will easily open on a swipe; without it, a lock screen will show instead. 

Android L will also be optimized to improve both application performance and battery life. Battery life will be improved through an internal initiative by Google – called Project Volta – that Google says will dramatically increase or otherwise improve Android device battery life. 

Android L’s developer preview will launch for developers later in the day. –

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.