Google will make its Android L release available in preview version to developers later today, at which point many Android users, especially experienced ones, will find ways to install it on their devices. Meanwhile, everyone else who’s “stuck” on KitKat or earlier versions will have to make do with available screenshots, comparisons and hands-on videos – Engadget has published a hands-on video of Android L running on the Nexus 5, showing some of the features included in Google’s next major Android release.
Google’s Material Design elements — including new user interface elements, colors and effects meant to offer instant feedback to the user — are demoed alongside certain features and apps, including settings, notifications, quick settings, the new dialer, the new recent apps menu and lock screen. Even Google’s new battery saving mode code-named Project Volta was seen in action as some of the 3D UI effects are turned off in order for the phone to conserve battery life.
As for the experience itself, Engadget says it’s not quite buttery smooth yet, but that’s definitely not surprising considering this is just a developer preview of Android L.