[Google I/O 2014] Google has just announced Android L over at this year’s edition of Google I/O, where Android L is touted to boast of 5,000 new APIs, sporting a whole new look along the way that will hopefully make the Android operating system function on more than just smartphones and tablets, going to show how Google is serious about expanding their reach of Android across multiple other device categories.
The main selling point of Android L? “Material Design” of course, where this new design identity will make use of shadows as well as elevation in order to distinguish the various layers that are found in the user interface. Apart from that, we will soon have to get used to new animations that offers easier transitions between apps, in addition to making the end user experience a whole lot more enjoyable than ever before.
Your eyes might just welcome the updated Roboto font which is thrown into the mix this time around, so that it will be able to work (and look) better compared to the new range of Android-powered devices, smartwatches as well as other kinds of upcoming wearable tech.
The notifications system on Android L has also been revamped, where the lock screen will feature a range of notifications that can have an action applied to it, letting you swipe notifications to dismiss them, or opt to open the relevant apps simply by tapping them. Heads up notifications are also part of the deal, where they will appear over an open app.
As for battery life, fret not, Google too, has covered that particular segment by clever optimization which will boast of a special new battery saver mode that will see usage time extended by another 1.5 hours whenever the remaining charge hits the low level. Security-wise, Google’s Android L will introduce a remote wipe feature just in case your handset gets pickpocketed, is stolen, or you simply left it somewhere without remembering the last place it was put. Developers, take note – a developer preview of Android L will roll out later today.