Android L (Laddoo, Lassi,….?)

Google I/O 2014, the annual developers conference for Google, introduced a plethora of new goodness. From Android Gear to Android Car to Android TV, it was quite the showcase. But the one common theme among the reveals?Android. Google also gave us the first true look at Android L. I wish they give this version an Indian dessert name like “Laddoo” or “Lassi“. Just in case Sunder Pichai (@sundarpichai) really wants to capture Indian market with a catchy Indian name. Luckily for owners of the Nexus 5 and the 2013-edition Wi-Fi Nexus 7, Google has made the developer previews available for download and installation. I installed the latest version in my Nexus 7 Tablet  using the steps mentioned in the post here. The fist impression is that its good so far. Main notable changes are as follows : Daydream14 - 4 Change in the initial animation floating color balls Navigation bar swipe down – The swipe down navigation in the top right corner has been changed in looks and it now includes the recent notifications and shortcuts for setting, battery etc., 14 - 5 Change in the notification messages – Notification messages are shown in the locked state as well but you need to unlock to view the detailed message. The notifications appear as floating.   14 - 7 Keypad – A flat design with less cluttering and it seems easy on the fingers with the spaced out look. The personalization option might be something like the swype key.       Calculator –  The calculator seems to have undergone some changes for look and feel with the material designing kicking in. 14 - 2     Power switch – The power switch hard press now displays only the power off option and not the “Airplane mode” , “Volume options”.   Carousal for recent apps – The Navigation bar with the recent apps now displays as carousal. IMG_20140628_203341 Change in the Settings – The settings application to have undergone an overhaul with a complete redesign. 14 - 1 Change in the lockout screen. The unlocking mechanism needs to be swiped up to display the pattern or unlock details.. Increased Battery backup – Need to confirm this and will get back to you all tomorrow after checking how it fared with one full charge. Smoother Touch – The touch screens seems more responsive as if it were more smooth in operation. Have been over excited and have been playing around with the newly installed Android L in my Nexus 7 2013 Tablet and cant wait until I upgrade my Nexus 5 and to see whats new out there in the mobile LTE Nexus.   Update : — Upgraded my Nexus 5 to Android L now… 14 - 2 14 - 1 14 - 3               The preliminary observations are the changes in the phone dialer. The design is soothing and thanks to material design. Lot of applications still not working, either crashing or not working in Nexus 5 when compared to the installation in Nexus 7 Tablet. I find Gallery missing as of now.. So all the photos I take are directly going to Google Photos only. Observations: Positives : Great look and feel. Somehow seems very stable than KitKat Issues: As of now the only observation I have is that Twitter is not working in Android L and crashes as soon as its opened. The designing and cosmetic changes seems very promising am sure that soon we would see a lot of developers utilizing this along with the other APIs in this new version to create some awesome applications. One interesting thing to see would be how app developers plan to use Android L to create great apps for the Android Wear.


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