7 Things I’m Looking Forward To In Android L

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This post was published 4 years, 11 months ago. Due to the rapidly evolving world of technology, some material it contains may no longer be applicable.

Android L should be launching any time now, and as it gets closer the excitement is only getting stronger. So, in this brief article, I’m going to cover the things I’m looking forward to the most.

Animation

Everything is going to run at 60FPS. This means that, if all goes according to plan, all the animations will be all silk, all the time.

Material Design

Let’s be honest, material design is beautiful. It’s even won awards for its UX. We already have some Material-ish apps, in that they have the dynamic button, and certain UI elements from Material implemented, but a lot apps haven’t been able to fully implement it as some things require Android L itself.

Battery Life

Battery life has always been pretty OK depending on which device you use, but Android L is taking it to the next level. Reports say that the developer preview alone boosts battery performance by around 36% on the Nexus 5. If that’s the test build, I can’t wait to see what happens with official release, as well as what happens if you mix Android L with Ultra Power saving mode on devices like the S5 and the One M8.

Power Saving Mode

This is something I think Stock Android should’ve gotten a long time ago. It restricts screen brightness and frame rates, along with CPU power to conserve power. This is something that has been in TouchWiz and other OEM skins since 2010, so as far as Vanilla Android goes, it’s about damned time.

Notifications Design

The new notification shade, along with the new quick settings panel, are beautiful in Android L. Swiping down once for notifications, and then again for settings is much less cumbersome than it is currently, where you have to use a dual finger swipe, or the expand button in the corner. The way the notifications shade integrates itself into the lockscreen so seamlessly is also something I can’t wait to see fully finished. I just hope that lockscreen album art, something missing the developer preview, is brought back into the final release. It’s honestly one of my favourite design elements in Android.

Improved Android Runtime

Google introduced us to an experimental version of ART almost a year ago, and it’s something I’ve always been interested in. ART is set to replace Dalvik, and in doing so it will boost performance and battery life. Not all devices running Kitkat can currently make the switch from Dalvik to ART, the 2013 Nexus 7 can whereas the 2012 cannot, but this will change with Android L. Android L will run purely on ART. Goodbye Dalvik and, unfortunately, Xposed.

Low-end devices

KitKat optimised Android to run on 512MB of ram, and it looks like L may well take that even further. It will be interesting to see how devices like the Moto G and the new Android One devices cope with Android L. Hopefully those beautiful animations don’t slow them down.

No doubt Android L will be the best, and probably most important, version of Android yet. it looks beautiful, is set to be smoother than anything we’ve ever seen before and should give a much needed battery boost. What are you looking forward to in Android L? Let us know!

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