The next significant version of Android, called as ‘L’ (Lollipop?) was announced by Google at its I/O developer meeting in San Francisco. Android L brought with it a bunch of brand-new changes, the majority of which are for developers.
But the user-facing end got a nice renovation as well, and as ever, we took the most recent OS from the search titan for a spin on a Nexus 5, and couldn’t aid contrasting it with last year’s offering, Android KitKat.
Aesthetically, there are a great deal of smalls potatoes in Android L that establishes it other than KitKat in a whole lot of methods. For beginners, the navigation keys have gotten a great makeover, and if you’re asking us, they look a lot like the buttons found on the PlayStation controller. Simply putting it around.
The new ‘Material Layout’ language from the search giant is quite evident in Android L, and also you acquire a feeling of depth in the UI all at once, rather than simply web pages of content and photos flying around. You acquire a correct feel of information being stacked in addition to one another, and also offers the overall impression of an actual, desk-like experience, but minus the mess. These things are extremely apparent in apps like Gmail, the multi-tasking switcher and so on
. From the screenshots it appears that Google is flattening points out in Android and wants the customer to concentrate more on their material instead compared to being mesmerized in the UI itself. In our books, that’s an excellent point.
The keyboard has actually acquired radical transformation in Android L also, as well as looks far more cleaner than before. Aesthetically, it’s a huge u-turn comparing it to the means it was in the past. But also for those that are accustomed to the more mature Google Keyboard, the new keyboard in Android L might really feel a little frustrating to obtain made use of to, yet with time, you at some point will obtain a knack.
Enough of the babbling, let’s dive right into the visual comparison, beginning with the lock display itself, and afterwards entering various other points, like UI elements, system applications, etc.
Android L lock display (left) vs. Android KitKat lock screen (right)
Android L home screen (left) vs. Android KitKat residence display (right)
Android L application cabinet (left) vs. Android KitKat application cabinet (right)
Android L keyboard (left) vs. Android KitKat keyboard (right)
Android L multitasking switcher (left) vs. Android KitKat multitasking switcher (right)
Android L Setups app (left) vs. Android KitKat setups app (right)
Android L pull-down notifications shade (left) vs. Android KitKat pull-down notifications shade (right)
Android L lock screen notifications (left) vs. Android KitKat lock display notifications (right)
Android L good environments (left) vs. Android KitKat quick setups (right)
Android L Phone application (left) vs. Android KitKat Phone app (right)
Android L Calculator application (left) vs. Android KitKat Calculator app (right)
Android L Calendar application (left) vs. Android KitKat Schedule app (right)
In some areas, Android L stays unchanged compared with KitKat, this is partly because of the fact that some Android applications are due for an upgrade from Google’s party. However we’re particular that will certainly be managed when Android L is readily available to everybody come this fall. It goes without saying, it’s a developer preview and also things are bound to change.