We can’t wait to see how great our favorite apps will look on Android L and its gorgeous new Material Design UI. Droid Life points us to a new concept video that takes elements of Material Design and applies them to Instagram to give us a sneak peek at what the app will look like once Android L releases this fall. More →
Android L’s main feature so far is the new Material Design that Google will also use across platforms and on the web, and whose new rules developers are also encouraged to abide by. But why did Google decide to go for a complete makeover of Android, apps and the web?
Google designer Jon Wiley, who works on Google Search design, hosted a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session during which he explained why Google needs Material Design. Unsurprisingly, Material Design is supposed to further enhance Google’s Search performance and offer a better user experience across all devices. More →
Google’s upcoming new version of Android is an absolutely gorgeous reimagining of the company’s mobile operating system. Dubbed “Material Design,” Google has employed a new design identity throughout the user interface that makes Android L far more beautiful and approachable than the OS has ever been in the past. While Apple has done a great job of flattening its iOS platform in an effort to modernize it, Google is taking a different approach, adding different levels to the UI that combine with new graphics to create a great experience.
The problem, of course, is that Android L won’t be available until sometime this fall and even then, there’s no telling when vendors will finally start updating their phones. Luckily, you don’t have to wait to get some of the awesome new elements from Android L on your current smartphone. More →
After a report a few days ago revealed that Google was working on updating its Play Store (desktop and Android app versions) to include its new Material Design, Google on Tuesday teased the new redesign coming to the Play Store Android app. More →
If you happen to run Android L, or a port based on it, on your device and you’re wondering whether Google will release an update to fix any of the potential issues discovered with the Developer Preview ROM, you should know there’s a slim chance that will happen. German publication Smartdroid.de picked up a Google+ discussion in which Googler Rich Hyndman, who shared more details about Android L in a video published recently on YouTube, revealed that updates aren’t exactly in the picture for Android L. More →
Not everyone with an Android device has been fortunate enough to gain access to the Android L Developer Preview, but some the elements of the update have been making their way back to older versions of Android. One of the most notable apps to make it on to the Google Play store was the Android L keyboard by developer Shen Ye, but it was unceremoniously pulled from the store shortly after its release. More →
In addition to Android L and Material Design, Google at I/O 2014 unveiled Android One, an Android reference platform meant to bring affordable smartphones to certain markets, and help Google bring more people online. Indian publication The Economic Times has learned the company plans to launch Android One smartphones this October in the country, with devices supposed to sell for $100 a pop. More →
Google’s main I/O 2014 announcement was the new Material Design language that covers not only the next major release of Android (Android L), but also Google’s apps across platforms and screens. Material Design is what Google wants developers to use for their apps as well, whether they’re for Android, iOS or the web, and ArsTechnica has put together a great collection of screenshots, shared by Google during its I/O sessions, via its online Material Design guidelines or leaked online. More →
Motorola is apparently working on a few new Android handsets including phablet-sized devices, a couple of new videos posted on TK Tech News reveal. The publication has supposedly gotten in touch with a person who’s actually using such a device, which doesn’t have a commercial name yet, but which appears to be running Android L or some sort of Android L-like launcher on top of stock Android. More →
We still have several months to wait before Google finally releases its highly anticipated new Android L update, but a few apps and nifty tricks gave eager enthusiasts a way to experience certain elements of L right now. Among them was Shen Ye’s great Android L Keyboard app, which — as the name might suggest — allowed users to install the sleek new keyboard from Android L on their smartphones running earlier versions of Android.
Unfortunately, Google has removed the app from the Google Play store. More →
Google has published new Android distribution stats on its developers portal, the first numbers shared by the company following the Android L Developer Preview release, but the company did not include any Android L numbers in the new chart. That’s hardly surprising though, not only because Android L is not commercially available at this point, but also because the Developer Preview was released in the last week of June, with only two devices being officially supported so far. More →
The OnePlus One isn’t exactly the easiest smartphone to get your hands on, but for enthusiastic Android fans it’s still the most exciting smartphone we’ve seen this year. Now, to add a bit of extra excitement, OnePlus has not only confirmed that not only will the OnePlus One be updated to Android L following its release this fall… it might get the L update faster than most leading Android smartphones on the market. More →
Google at I/O 2014 released a preview of Android L, its next major Android operating system version that brings a complete design makeover and a slew of new features. But the company only posted the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) Android L builds, leaving Android fans who own other Nexus devices waiting for official Android L ROMs that could be installed on the Nexus 4 smartphone or the older Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 tablets.
While Google is yet to release the official Android L Developer Preview for older Nexus devices, developers have already put the Android L SDK and Android L source code to good use to come up with their own Android L ports for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012). More →