Jun 25 AT 12:37 PM Nick Sarafolean 10 Comments

Android L Developer Preview gives a look at the next version of Android

Android L Preview

Rumors have been going haywire about the next version of Android, and now Google is giving us a look at it. Currently codenamed Android L, this next version of Android is the biggest overhaul of Android to date. Not only is it a huge change behind the curtain, with over 5,000 new APIs, but it’s also a system-wide design change. Material Design is Google’s new design language for Android, Chrome OS, and more.

Material Design uses depth and tactile animations to help make Android’s design more realistic. Animations include ripple effects and seamless transitions when scrolling or selecting. The entire language is designed to be extremely fluid and carry smooth transitions throughout actions. Different elements can float above other UI elements, with dynamic lighting and shadows. Splashes of color bring life to the UI, and a new feature called Palette allows the OS to instantly source color from images and use that same color in other UI elements. The entire design is seamless throughout Google’s products, allowing a consistency that has never been seen with Android.

Android L also brings more powerful notifications, including a combination of the notification shade and the lock screen. This allows for faster and easier access to notifications. There’s also a heads-up feature for when you’re using a full screen app. Heads-up can give you instant access to actions regarding the notifications.

The main feature of Android L is obviously Material Design, which can expand between different screen sizes while still retaining the same consistent design. The Developer Preview code will be available later today for developers to begin exploring and working with.

Source: Google Design

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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    • Panda

      LOL why???

  • jake

    Looks like Google has gone animation crazy.

  • Panda

    Gotta love people already deciding they hate it without using it themselves. Give me a break! test ride it yourself before jumping to the conclusion that it’s disappointing or that it sucks. Appearances can be deceiving.

  • jerrbomb

    Why are their negative comments before the official release?

  • Yaweh. Charlies

    Many of my fellow africans would much love to have such software updates and reacent block bursting phones such as the blu vivo IV, allview x2 soul and gionee s5.5 but the thing is that we hardly have any branches for these phone makers and we only take a little longer to acquire such devices.

  • Ramy

    Google has gone animation crazy because ppl love animations don’t you?

  • mohanmenonrahul

    I am wating for yor favour!!!!!!

  • Rose

    So it will be called Android L. I thought it would be called Licorice or Lemon something LOL! I hope my HTC One M8 gets it.

    • jerrbomb

      Its just a code name for now.