So much has been talked about Android L ever since it was announced at the Google’s I/O Developers Conference in June this year but the release date of the software is yet to be revealed. However, it is very likely to see the light of the day in the first week of November if reports are anything to go by.
Android phone users must be eagerly waiting for the release of Android L as it will come with a redesigned interface and fluid animations, besides improving battery life and compatible with 64-bit processors. It is considered to be the biggest update Google has brought to its mobile platform till date, even bigger than the leap from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich software.
It is reported that the HTC Nexus 9 tablet will be launched in mid October and come with Android L. The Nexus 6 aka Nexus X, which is expected to be announced on 31 October, is also likely to come with the new software. So, it is confusing whether Google will release the much-awaited software along with its devices or launch at a later date.
However, Android Authority has claimed that Android L and new Nexus hardware will be shown off in mid-October but the final version of the software won’t officially be available until 1 November.
It is reported that Google’s devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will be the first to get the new software update. Reports have it that Android L will be rolled out to Nexus devices as soon as it is released.
Google’s new software will give Android phone users a new feel, as all “actions are animated, the interface is more colorful, and the 3D effects and shadows make the UI more intuitive,” according to Android Geeks. Notifications will be based on the frequency of user’s interaction and the Recents menu will see change with users’ last apps to be displayed like a pack of cards. The software will also bring search bar.
The new software will also support 64-bit processors and improve battery life besides improving the performance. Notification panel will have new colour scheme and transparent background. Users have to swipe down to see the notification panel, and swipe further down for Quick Settings where they will find option to set brightness control and other features like Notifications, WiFi, Mobile Data, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Cast Screen, Auto Rotate, and Location.
Devices that may get Android L update:
Google: The Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 are expected to get the new software update as soon as it is released.
HTC: HTC One and HTC One (M8) will receive Android L update. The Taiwanese company has confirmed that its latest smartphones will get the new software update “within 90 days of receiving final software from Google.”
Motorola: Motorola has said that Moto G will get Android L update. The company didn’t say about the 2nd generation Moto X but it is very likely to get the update.
Samsung: The Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 will get the software update. SamMobile reported citing an insider that the devices might get Android L update by the end of November or early December.
LG: There is no information whether LG flagship device users will get the new software update but a report by Expert Reviews said that the latest devices from the company might get Android L update.