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Google accidentally posts screenshots from its next major Android release

Published Jun 24th, 2014 11:34AM EDT
Google Android L Screenshots

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Google mistakenly posted an issue on the Chromium issue tracker that included images believed to be from a device running an unreleased build of the company’s Android operating system – or “Android L,” as it is often called since it will be named after a dessert beginning with the letter “L.” The images were quickly discovered and posted on Reddit, xda-developers reveals, although the original page was removed since.

“My assumption that they are from a new version of Android is based on the ‘L’ icon in the status bar and the redesigned dialog box, compared to what is shown in the tablet screenshots from the same page which are obviously from a device running KitKat,” Reddit user Doopl, who posted the images, said. “The screenshots also show a slightly updated UI in Chrome 37 that matches Google’s new design language, complete with fatter action bar and circular-dotted overflow button.”

Recent findings in Google code have revealed two major Android L features, including 64-bit support and the replacement of Dalvik with ART. Furthermore, recent reports claimed that Google is preparing a major Android makeover in its upcoming release.

Xda-developers notes that the screenshots may have been taken on a Nexus 4, and seem to be in line with previous reports that detailed a new card-based multitasking system for Android and the new Quantum Paper design.

However, a report detailing the Nexus 9 said the tablet would be launched in late 2014 alongside Android L, suggesting that Google may not unveil Android L at its I/O event scheduled for later this week.

The leaked Android L screenshots follow below.

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