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Top 5 Best Android L features

Posted In Android - By Techtiplib on Sunday, July 6th, 2014 With No Comments »

The next version of android is Android L. This is nowhere near of complete build. In fact, this is not even daily drive material. This is just a developer preview and that’s going to give developers chance to see that how their apps will look like on the newest version of android as they are making them. But that will also make you look at with a lot of features what android when it’s finally done. Now take a look of Top 5 Best Android L features below.

Android L

1. New Lock Screen:

There is actually lot of functionally added here. So in Android 4.4 Kitkat, the lock screen really just a place to check the time and check to see if you have any notifications. There is lot of stuff added to the lock screen.

  • You can now swipe up lock screen to unlock instead of pulling out on a ring.
  • You can swipe left to bring up camera which is the same as before.
  • You can swipe right to get directly into the phone dialer.
  • You will have your system notifications readable on your lock screen without pulling anything down iOS style.
  • You can swipe away any of the notifications to dismiss them or click one of them to open it directly from the lock screen. So you no longer have to swipe down and see all of the notifications, there instantly is the entire tap away as soon as you wake your phone.
  • The notification bar is now totally transparent.
  • If you plugged in, you will not only see the percentage how much battery you have but you get the time remaining until you done charging. I think its awesome and its nice and nifty touch.                           

2. Notification Panel: 

This is actually legitimately redesigned. I think it is going to take a little bit used to and it is definitely the biggest change to the notification we seen in Android since the beginning.

  • You can swipe down for the status bar and you will get the new animation to reveal the notification center. And again you have the ability to dismiss them by swiping or tapping one to open it.
  • You can see that the notifications are solid but background is totally transparent. You can swipe down again to get quick settings, which is again redesigned. Much flattered with great color here, no more swiping down with your finger you trying to tap the exact corner. Quick settings are super easy to get to you now with one hand.
  • You will have one cast to cast your screen to chrome cast kind of like airplay, very nifty.  
  • Auto rotate toggle, which is new in Android L.
  • You can also tap the notification volume icon to enter a new ‘do not disturb’ mode and you will have a brightness slider. You can also set time for the feature ‘do not disturb’ and there is also the option to turn off it manually.                                                                          
  • Like this new quick settings and notification panel definitely looks different and also there is new heads up notification, if you get a call or doing something in full screen like reading or gaming, it won’t totally take over your screen like you used to. Now you can decide to dismiss it and continue your activity.

3. Material design:

This is one of the biggest talking point on Google I/O. It just its new design philosophy about the way things will behave.

  • You will be able to see the animation where everything came from and where everything goes.
  • Every time a new element appears on your screen dose not explode on your screen and appear out of nowhere, its slides in from somewhere or it expands or grows out of something. It’s a new look and of course all of the stock apps and Android L will be redesigned when it’s fully complete and its now only a couple of them done.
  • New calculator, this is just a basic looks at it. But again, everything slides in from somewhere and all movements and animations gives you confidence about what you doing and where things are going.
  • New people app and new dialer, all these animations are super smooth and I guess intuitive even if they are not totally necessary and Google just mentioned to have all of these animations happen out of smooth 60 frames per second. So you will not see any lag.

You will have to say the how the system is smooth. Honestly this is probably the most important change on the new version of Android L.

4. New Settings App:

Its completely redesigned settings app, actually it’s reorganized. Of course its start with the new icon and when you open it up you will see totally different look. Almost looks like a theme on top of the old settings app. 

  • Scroll fact is different.
  • The animations you get when you got to the bottom of the list of tap something.
  • Toggles and check box have been changed and of course animated. And you have couple of settings to play around there.
  • In display settings you will have ‘Adaptive Brightness’ now which works alongside auto brightness.
  • You will have cast screen option to actually mirror your display by TV by chrome cast, which is pretty cool by it.
  • New looking storage settings.
  • New looking battery history again all looks kind of skinned.
  • You also now have a search box, so if you really cannot find what your are looking for in the settings, you can type in the name of it to get to it quickly and that’s a nice touch obviously.

5. Other Stuffs:

There is lot of other little stuffs change on Android L that you might not noticed that first but they definitely affect the way it feels.

  • First of all there is a new keyboard, this is actually available in a standalone app, its much flatter and much more grey.
  • There is a new multi tasking which again have the new look and feel with material design but it of course it stays pretty smooth performance as well.

Android L is really a visual overhaul when you are going to compare with Android 4.4 kitkat. Besides the fact it switched entirely over to the new ark runtime. But it’s a new different polish now and different type of feel for stock android. Definitely very different from typical Android 4.4 kitkat hollow look that we used to it. Basically its departure from hollow and definitely feels and looks that way.

Even it kinds of reminds me about HTC sense, the way HTC sense has been flattening itself out of the past couple of years, we are starting to see android and this version of Android L flatten itself out. Especially the settings app reminds me HTC sense. This is it guys, you will be seeing much more on the Android L on the couple of months that follow, specially when it get to the full and final release.

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