Google I/O 2014 had many highlights. There were Google Auto, Android One and Android Wear. One of the announcements that stood out was the Android L. Google announced the developer version of Android 5.0 or Android L. As of now, the OS is available only in the developer version i.e. the OS is expected to have bugs and is meant for app developers to use the APIs to make newer apps.
What’s new with Android L
There was a time when iOS would flaunt as being the prettiest mobile OS. Android ICS changed that, Jelly Bean refined it and KitKat perhaps sealed Android as both visually appealing and lag free. With a refreshing UI and animations, Android L makes the question irrelevant.
The first thing that’s new with Android L is the Notification. Notifications now appear as cards, and there’s no pull down notification pane. Instead, you pull down a stack of cards.
The lock screen is significantly more dynamic than 4.4. You can access the diaper with one swipe to the left. The notifications appear as cards right on the lock screen. There are privacy settings of course, which prevent from a lot of contents to be shown on the lock screen.
The most important inclusion is the dynamic shift in the design API. The new design is more appealing with lighter colours and greater contrast. The touches seem to have a rippling effect and there are floating buttons. No app, except the native Calculator, has been adapted fully into the design. However from the preview of the Gmail app that was shown at the I/O, the Material Design would make everything beautiful and more useful.
There are plenty of things that would be added to Android L, before it is released to the consumers in the fall 2014. It is expected to have a tighter integration with wearable devices and a more dynamic design.