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At its I/O conference on Wednesday, Google took the wraps off Android L, its latest-generation mobile operating system, which has once again been redesigned with a new, colorful look dubbed "Material Design."




Material Design actually goes beyond Android L and represents a new look and feel for all of Google's platforms, extending from phones to tablets and to the Web and desktop. Introduced by Android chief Sundar Pichai as featuring a "fresh, bold and new look," Android L was created with the idea of creating perceived "depth" within pixels.

To allow developers to tap into the new user interface, Android L allows them to specify an "elevation value" for any item within the UI. The operating system then gives correct perspective and proper real-time shadows to that element.




Android L also gives developers the ability to create seamless animations when transitioning between screens. And a new feature called "palette" automatically reads the colors in images to make the user interface around them match.

Material Design comes with new style guidelines for developers for phones, tablets and the Web.

Android L also comes with a new personal unlocking feature, which can allow users to bypass security mechanisms based on a variety of factors. For example, Android L might allow a user to unlock their phone because it knows they are located at home, or because it is connected to a trusted device like a Bluetooth smart watch.




Android L also comes with a new "Extension Pack" that offers what Google claims are "PC gaming" capabilities on high-end smartphones and tablets. To showcase this, the company showcased a demo from developer Epic Games, a company that has also taken the stage to show off mobile titles at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Google also revealed that Android L has a new battery saver mode that can be configured to maximize battery life. Notifications have been improved as well, allowing users to quickly respond to calls or texts while running other apps.




And Android L also has a new feature called "recents" that acts as a place for users to quickly access applications and websites. Open Chrome tabs are listed separately, and any application will be able to have multiple in-app items displayed in this view. Google Search will also now be able to grab information from within applications.

The Android L developer preview will be available for developers Thursday with a system image that will run on the Nexus 5 handset. It will debut on phones and tablets for end users this fall.

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Android L interface changes are overshadowed by the announcement of Android One IMHO.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

 

Look at this presentation slide. They’ve ground up all their shame into a powder, snorted it, and then self-drove around the neighborhood leaving flaming sacks of dog doo on the porches of Apple employees.

 

Hey, look. DO NOT DISTURB. Wonder where they got that idea.

 

Android L: Loser. And all the myriad variations we’ll come up with.


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Hey, look. DO NOT DISTURB. Wonder where they got that idea.

3rd party developers? 1wink.gif
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Yawn.... pffff
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Wow, look at all of those geeks and perverts in that one picture, sitting there wearing Google Glass on their faces.:lol:

 

And Android L? What kind of a lame name is that?

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The biggest news from skimming the Verge seems to be the new ART runtime, meaning the clunky Dalvik VM is gone and Android is now 64bit. Also security patches are now pushed via Play instead of fragmented OS updates (if you ever get them) so that's a good thing for those stuck over there.

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And Android L? What kind of a lame name is that?


Comes after K. You know, Lemon Merengue, Lemon Drop. L… 

 

Not too many candies that start with L that don’t end in -emon, huh.

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Comes after K. You know, Lemon Merengue, Lemon Drop. L… 

 

Not too many candies that start with L that don’t end in -emon, huh.

 

So they decided to drop the candy theme, and just call it L instead?

 

I don't know of any candy called 'L'.

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Comes after K. You know, Lemon Merengue, Lemon Drop. L… 

Not too many candies that start with L that don’t end in -emon, huh.

I'm thinking Lollipop. It even suits the more colorful UI since lollipops come in many colors and flavors.
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Comes after K. You know, Lemon Merengue, Lemon Drop. L… 

 

Not too many candies that start with L that don’t end in -emon, huh.

Lollipop would be the obvious one, but perhaps they couldn't tolerate the 'suck on that, Apple' headlines that would follow from tech 'journalists'?

 

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Wow, look at all of those geeks and perverts in that one picture, sitting there wearing Google Glass on their faces.:lol:

 

And Android L? What kind of a lame name is that?

Geeks, yes, perverts, no. If someone wants to take creepy photos of people without them noticing, they're not going to use a camera attached to the side of a pair of glasses. 

 

Smartwatches with cameras, on the other hand...

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If someone wants to take creepy photos of people without them noticing, they're not going to use a camera attached to the side of a pair of glasses. 

 

Actually, I'd say that it's the ultimate device for a pervert, because it's so obvious and up front, and does not need to be hidden.

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Comes after K. You know, Lemon Merengue, Lemon Drop. L… 

 

Not too many candies that start with L that don’t end in -emon, huh.

 

So they decided to drop the candy theme, and just call it L instead?

 

I don't know of any candy called 'L'.

 

Licorice?

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Actually, I'd say that it's the ultimate device for a pervert, because it's so obvious and up front, and does not need to be hidden.

I feel like the ultimate device for a pervert is the smartphones we already have. A smartphone is ubiquitous and ordinary, it doesn't attract any attention, it's not memorable, and you've got a legitimate reason for holding it up to look at it. Glass shares the advantage of being able to point it all over the place, but it sticks out like a sore thumb - particularly since people will see someone wearing it and assume they're some sort of Glasshole / creep.

 

(A phone also doesn't cost $1500, unless you buy one of those incomprehensibly expensive $10000 Android phones http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertus-6750-android-phone-gets-you-all-best-clubs/news )

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Did these toggle designs previously exist on Android? Because they remind me of iOS 7.

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Originally Posted by DarkLite View Post

Lollipop

Originally Posted by Phone-UI-Guy View Post

Licorice?

 

Lutefisk.

 

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Did these toggle designs previously exist on Android? Because they remind me of iOS 7.
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That IS iOS.

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Lollipop, Licorice, Lifesavers...
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Did these toggle designs previously exist on Android? Because they remind me of iOS 7.

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It reminds you of iOS 7 because it is iOS 7 - look at the top bar!

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They’ve ground up all their shame into a powder, snorted it, and then self-drove around the neighborhood leaving flaming sacks of dog doo on the porches of Apple employees.

 

Hey, look. DO NOT DISTURB. Wonder where they got that idea.

 

Android L: Loser. And all the myriad variations we’ll come up with.

 

I think it was from an app on Cydia.

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Lutefisk.

That IS iOS.
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And people hate on iOS 7? At least Ive was only in a 5 minute video. Unlike Google who had umpteen people on stage spewing designer geek crap.

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So what current Android phones can upgrade to this?
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And people hate on iOS 7? 

 

I never had a problem with the design of iOS 7, but the very first version of iOS 7 was a bit heavy and sluggish. I noticed that right away after I installed it on my devices.

 

I forget which update fixed it, but it's now smooth again and fast, so I have no problems with iOS 7, and it doesn't really matter anyway, because soon we will all be on iOS 8.

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The biggest news from skimming the Verge seems to be the new ART runtime, meaning the clunky Dalvik VM is gone and Android is now 64bit. Also security patches are now pushed via Play instead of fragmented OS updates (if you ever get them) so that's a good thing for those stuck over there.

I was just about to post the same observation. That does seem to be very big news indeed. ART is supposed to be over 2x as fast as Dalvik so all the old jibes about Android being slow may not longer apply. They also introduced some new graphics architecture that appears to be similar to Metal that Apple introduced to allow far more intense gaming. This could possibly be the biggest update to Android. 

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So what current Android phones can upgrade to this?

They haven't announced that yet. It also depends on how much stuff they're going to push out as Play Services updates (which will reach 93% of devices), or as updates to the individual apps (which will reach anyone who has the old app installed).

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Lutefisk.

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I would hardly consider lutefisk a candy (some call it a treat but I think they hang with the same folx that love tripe, menudo...). 👀 You must be a Scandahoovian¡

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Its a developers conference
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I was just about to post the same observation. That does seem to be very big news indeed. ART is supposed to be over 2x as fast as Dalvik so all the old jibes about Android being slow may not longer apply. They also introduced some new graphics architecture that appears to be similar to Metal that Apple introduced to allow far more intense gaming. This could possibly be the biggest update to Android. 

I find it interesting that everyone is working on low-level APIs, and not just on mobile devices - AMD did the same thing with their Mantle architecture. Seems to be a new direction that all graphics APIs are taking.

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Did these toggle designs previously exist on Android? Because they remind me of iOS 7.

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It reminds you iOS 7 because it is iOS 7
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Wow, look at all of those geeks and perverts in that one picture, sitting there wearing Google Glass on their faces.:lol:

 

 

Its the only place they can wear them without getting beaten up.

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Can someone please explain to me just what the **** these people are doing with Google Glass on their faces while watching the keynote, besides making some sort of douchebag statement? The thing can't even record a clip beyond a few seconds, so its not like theyre recording the keynote. I have no problem with devices like Google Glass when they have a real benefit to the user in that specific situation. But Glass evangelists are insistent on basically wearing them ALL THE TIME, for no fucking reason whatsoever. 

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Oh sweet, Android Insider has full coverage of Google I/O 2014. *Also see Google ads plastered all over the AI home page*

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Comes after K. You know, Lemon Merengue, Lemon Drop. L… 

Not too many candies that start with L that don’t end in -emon, huh.

I was going to write the same thing... but also add that Lollipop is too "pedo" and Lalapalooza would be just plain... fitting?....1tongue.gif
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I'm thinking Lollipop. It even suits the more colorful UI since lollipops come in many colors and flavors.

Again... too "pedobear" these days.
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Can someone please explain to me just what the **** these people are doing with Google Glass on their faces while watching the keynote, besides making some sort of douchebag statement? The thing can't even record a clip beyond a few seconds, so its not like theyre recording the keynote. I have no problem with devices like Google Glass when they have a real benefit to the user in that specific situation. But Glass evangelists are insistent on basically wearing them ALL THE TIME, for no fucking reason whatsoever. 

... and can you imagine anyone of them saying, "Hey there... would you like an Android Lollipop?"..... 1oyvey.gif
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What a bunch of lame 'glass explorer' dweebs the developers are. Sorry I know that's mean.
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The in-keynote protests were interesting: people yelling and shouting over the presenters before being ejected. I've never seen that before.

They also had quite a few technical failures during their demonstrations, at least five that I recall. I always feel for people whenever those happen.

Did anybody pick up Eric Schmidt being introduced but it wasn't him? What happened there?

This presentation seemed awfully similar after watching Apple keynotes: UI animations, 64 bit, androidauto, android wear (watches), android TV, health, coding language improvements, and android in the home.
Edited by GTR - 6/25/14 at 11:59am
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Can someone please explain to me just what the **** these people are doing with Google Glass on their faces while watching the keynote...

Right at that moment they were looking at the first protester disturbance - a woman.
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Comes after K. You know, Lemon Merengue, Lemon Drop. L… 

 

Not too many candies that start with L that don’t end in -emon, huh.

 

Lime Demon!

 

Ha!

 

Oh, no.... wait...

 

 

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So they decided to drop the candy theme, and just call it L instead?

 

I don't know of any candy called 'L'.

 

They haven't officially 'named' it yet....   Kind of like everyone thought 'K' was going to be Key Lime Pie.  'Kit Kat' was a surprise because it is branded.  That frees them up to do things like 'Lifesaver' 

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The in-keynote protests were interesting: people yelling and shouting over the presenters before being ejected. I've never seen that before.

This presentation seemed awfully similar after watching Apple keynotes
And it wasn't even Google specific. Something about computers killing people.

Well that's because both keynotes heavily focused on the developer side of things. Which is a good thing.

Something also not mentioned here is one of the presence aware unlock features. They shortly mentioned voice as one of the possible detection methods. They didn't go into detail but I'm curious how that would work.
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