Android L preview is hot at the moment. Everyone is talking about it and we can’t wait for Google to release it when it’s done, hopefully this Fall. Google released Android “L” preview for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) only, but there seems to be hope for Nexus 4, first-gen Nexus 7 and a Nexus 10.
Thanks to Android Police we managed to find out that Google released a source code for Android “L” preview. We were surprised to find out that they did it for both Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012), even the Nexus 10, considering people feared Google might not push the “L” update to those device, me included.
Here are the links:
- LG Nexus 4
- LG Nexus 5
- Asus Nexus 7 2012 ( Wi-Fi)
- Asus Nexus 7 2012 (LTE)
- Asus Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi)
- Asus Nexus 7 2013 (LTE)
- Samsung Nexus 10
Finally some indication we might se “L” pushed to some older Nexus devices, way to go Google!
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The Android L preview has been out in the wild for almost a week now and owners of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 have been enjoying the benefits of a new and slick operating system. Owners of the other Nexus devices have been wondering whether they would get the chance to experience to see what Android L is like, and it looks like they might just get to very soon. The Android L preview source code for all current Nexus devices have been released on AOSP, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 and the Nexus 10. This will hopefully mean that eager developers can start tinkering with the source code and produce their own Android L builds in the very near future.
A full list of the available source code files includes (as seen on Android Police):
- Nexus 4 – https://android.googlesource.com/device/lge/mako/+/l-preview
- Nexus 5 – https://android.googlesource.com/device/lge/hammerhead/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2012 Wi-Fi) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/grouper/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2012 LTE) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/tilapia/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2013 Wi-Fi) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/flo/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2013 LTE) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/deb/+/l-preview
- Nexus 10 – https://android.googlesource.com/device/samsung/manta/+/l-preview
The Android L preview has made many impressive improvements, ranging from significantly increased battery life to the complete UI design makeover known as Material Design. It’s truly captured what we expected from the next version of Android, and even if it isn’t that different under the hood, it’s definitely got the looks to convince us.
Are you excited to hear that the Android L preview files are now available on AOSP? Let us know your thoughts.
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The Android L preview that was announced at Google I/O 2014 has been the most enthralling of all the announcements made at the keynote. Impressions of the newly designed operating system have been flooding the internet, and they have been mostly good. For those who can’t really see what all the hullabaloo is for, adrianisen has put together a very nice LG G3 vs Nexus 5 video comparison that not only gives us a really good run down of two of the best devices available right now, but is a convenient way to see the differences between the outgoing Android KitKat and the brand-spanking new Android L preview.
The graphical improvements in Android L are really evident in the video, and while some of the features have compromised beauty of functionality, it looks fantastic on the Nexus 5′s 1080p display. In its own right, however, the LG G3′s Quad HD display is something else too, and if you watch the video review in 4K, you really get a sense that the LG G3 is one impressive piece of engineering.
What do you think of the LG G3 vs Nexus 5 comparison? Are you liking the changes between KitKat and Android L? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
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Yesterday during the Google I/O keynote, Google announced the latest version of Android, simply named L. The actual name for the latest OS version has yet to be announced, but earlier today, Google released the Developer Preview. Needless to say, once I saw it was available, I sat down and installed it on my Nexus 5. As of right now, with the Developer Previews for L, you can only test them out on a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 2013, so not everyone with a Nexus can try out this version just yet.
After wrangling with Terminal, and making sure that I had the SDK and ADB installed properly on my MacBook Pro, I finally was able to get the developer preview installed on my Nexus 5, and I was off to the races. The set up for Android L is essentially the same as with any other Nexus device when you start it up for the first time, with the big Play triangle telling you to get moving. After I got connected to my Wi-Fi and signed in with my Google account, I was good to go.
The first thing I noticed different about L was that keyboard. I love minimal and flat designs, and when the keyboard popped up, I was instantly in love. The transition graphics from having no keyboard on the screen, to having the keyboard appear, is gorgeous. It’s fluid, and it’s just different. Whenever you find something you love, there’s always something about it that bugs you. Normal typing with the new keyboard was perfect, and never lagged once. However, once I started to use the gesture typing functionality, I ran into a few hiccups. The first being that as Google Keyboard is trying to guess what you’re typing, it would hang up, and I would end up with a fragmented sentence that made no sense. The second being that I would slide my finger from the A to the L on the keyboard, and the input would think I had stopped at the J. I’m not exactly sure why it did this, but I’ve just reverted to normal texting for a little bit.
Now before everyone starts freaking out about how to get this look, you can head on over to the AndroidGuys Get This Look section, and get the wallpaper, as well as the navigation buttons, so you can make your device look just like it’s running Android L. I’ll admit, when I first saw the screenshots yesterday of those navigation buttons, I was a little upset. I liked the older ones, and didn’t really think that Google needed to mess with anything like that, but the more that I use L, the more I’m getting used to the look of them.
Swiping up on the “Home” button will still take you directly to Google Now if you want it to, and the Square, is now your recent apps drawer, which is what threw me off the most. Speaking of the Recent Apps drawer, Google took to this section to also redesign the way it appears on your devices. The collapsible cards theme runs deep in Android L and is found here as well. If you want to close out an application, simple swipe away, like normal, or hit the “X” in the top right hand corner of each card.
Magnifique. Like most new things, there are pieces here and there that don’t make sense at first, but usually do later on. When I first pulled my notification drawer down, I just saw a few blocks, and I wasn’t exactly sure on what to do with them. There was also no ability to two-finger swipe to bring the settings toggles down. The overall design of the notification drawer, and the notifications that it holds, are beautiful. Just swipe your notifications left or right, like normal, to dismiss them, or tap on one to open the application, from which the notification came from.
At the top of the notification drawer, you can see the time, network status, battery life icon, and your Google+ profile picture, but if you swipe down from that bar specifically, you are presented with your quick toggles. Now these aren’t as robust as they used to be on previous versions of Android, but you get the most commonly used toggles such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Auto-Rotate, Location, and a couple of newbies to join the group. There is still a brightness control slider at the top of the quick settings panel, and you can still get to the Settings application by tapping the gear in the top right hand corner, but in Android L, you can now turn on and off notifications (Do Not Disturb) and you can also Cast your screen to your Chromecast. We’ll get more in depth with that, later in the week.
Just as with the Notification Drawer, the Android L Lock Screen has the collapsable cards that Google showed off during the I/O presentation. Smack dab in the middle of the screen is your lock screen clock, in all of it’s Roboto Light glory. When you have missed notifications, you no longer have to unlock the phone and then view the application. Simply tap twice on whatever notification you are trying to access, and your device unlocks and takes you to the corresponding application.
In the bottom right and left hand corners, are two shortcut icons. The icons on the right is for your camera, while the icon on the left is for your Phone. In order to access either of these applications, swipe in from the corresponding side, and that application will open up. If you swipe left or right normally, you will no longer be able to just unlock your phone, due to the unlock gesture changing to swiping up from the bottom of the screen. For some users, while charging your device, you can see how much time remains until your device is fully charged. I tried to see if I could be able to see that information, but I didn’t have the same luck as others that do.
The Settings application has also had a complete redesign from top to bottom, and there are a few additional settings that have been added to Android L. The first of which is Do Not Disturb mode. This is a feature that I LOVE on my iPhone because of the fact that I get tired of my device constantly buzzing or beeping or dinging while I’m trying to get some work done. The nice thing about this feature on Android L, is the different settings that you can manually toggle, or set depending upon who you would want to hear from if you were in the middle of doing something. You can also set specific times that you want Do Not Disturb to activate, so that you don’t have to worry about going in and turning the feature on.
While perusing around the various different Settings panels, you can see the different graphics in play. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, or all the way to the top, it appears as if a light blue wave has come across the top or bottom of your screen. Similar to the bounce that you can get when scrolling through your home screen. There are also animations whenever you tap a specific panel from within the Settings application, and while not necessary or detrimental to the build, Google definitely added a nice touch there.
I’ve been playing around with Android L for a couple of hours now, and while this is just a first impressions of Android L, there are a lot of things that Google changed up in it’s latest iteration of Android. Have you tried out Android L yet? What are your thoughts on it? Leave you comments and questions below, and we’ll be able to get back to you promptly. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the full breakdown later this week.
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Android L was announced yesterday at Google I/O without a code name and without a version number. What was announced was a developer preview to be released the following day, which is today! The downloads are now available here. The downside is, you must have a developer device meaning you must have a Nexus 5 (hammerhead) or the Nexus 7 WiFi (razor). There is not a developer preview for the Nexus 4 or any other Nexus device.
This is a developer preview, so bugs are expected. Remember, ART is now full time and the only runtime on Android L. Dalvik is no longer an option, and some apps still do not work on ART. If you are okay with a few bugs and are determined to have bleeding edge technology, head on over to http://developer.android.com/preview/setup-sdk.html and download the system image now! Instructions to install the preview are available here.
An in-depth look at Android L will be coming in a few days after I have had some time to test it out on my Nexus 7 for those of you who do not have either Nexus device.
How is your Tuesday going my Android friends? Hopefully it is going well, and hopefully you aren’t one of those suffering from the issues that Android 4.4.3 is having. Only issue I’ve seen is that Google Now force closes every now and then, but nothing like others are seeing. The Moto X+1 boot animation has apparently leaked online, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, hit the link below. Enjoy the video.
We reported yesterday that a number of Nexus devices, namely the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4, have been experiencing problems with Android 4.4.3. While it appears that not every owner is experiencing the quoted issues, it does still seem very widespread, and some of the issues are quite debilitating considering the software update was supposed to fix the existing issues in Android 4.4.2.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the issues are only restricted to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4. Issues on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 have also been reported and reader Rachine S Vernon commented that the issues have even been spotted on the Motorola Moto X, which has apparently negatively impacted the dialer app.
The Android 4.4.3 update is only available to a handful of devices at the moment, however it’s clear that this wasn’t the update that many of us expected or were hoping for. Whether Google is willing or even able to issue fixes for the new issues is currently up in the air as Google has not yet responded to these issues, however, the fact that it took so long just to release Android 4.4.3 as an incremental update isn’t a comforting omen.
We want to hear from you if you are suffering issues on a device that you currently updated to Android 4.4.3; let us know what device and what you are currently experiencing in the comments below.
If you’ve been waiting for a way to root your AT&T or Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5, the wait is over. Today developer George Hotz, aka Geohot, released a solution that’s as easy as sideloading an APK and clicking “make it ra1n.”
The towelroot APK is said to work with the not only the AT&T and Verizon GS5, but also the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, LG Nexus 5 and every phone with a kernel build date before June 3, 2014. It was noted in the XDA thread that the AT&T and Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may have some issues though.
Geohot said that some known bugs are that if the /proc/version on the Note 3 includes 3.4.0-722276, it doesn’t seem to work, the su binaries don’t seem to update, but this may not be the root’s fault. Also, Motorola and HTC devices don’t currently work because /system is write protected.
To install towelroot, head over to towelroot.com and click the lambda to download the APK and before you install, although everyone should know this, make sure you click to allow apps from Unknown Sources. After that, all you need to do is click the root button.
If you’re wondering if this will trip the Knox security system, this will more than likely void your warranty, but you already knew that, right? Geohot said that when he ran the root method, his device said “KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0×0.”
One last thing, if you come across any bugs, be sure to report them. Geohot plans to release a new version later today that will hopefully squash them.
Enjoy the freedom of your newly rooted device!
UPDATE: The Note 3 with kernel 3.4.0-722276 is fixed, so if you had downloaded it before, please redownload.Current known bugs include the Note 3 with kernel 3.4.0-257432 not working, but updating to 722276 should fix it. The newest Motorola and HTC devices still don’t currently work because /system is write protected.
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The Android 4.4.3 update started going live earlier this month, hoping to fix the issues that have plagued the devices since Android 4.4.2, from which the Nexus 5 appears to have suffered the worst. While it’s expected that not all bugs will be fixed in any given update, we’re already hearing reports that Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 owners have issues with Android 4.4.3 after updating their devices. Some of the issues include Wi-Fi connection issues, lag in the dialer app and random reboots that were supposedly fixed in Android 4.4.3 have resurfaced on the Nexus 4. Other users have reported 3G issues, problems with battery life and notifications, and to top it off, some of these issues have also been spotted on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
This isn’t particularly good for Google seeing as this update was supposed to fix all the issues that owners have been living with for some time now, though with Google I/O just around the corner and the possibility of Android 5.0 having been teased, it’s possible Google’s full development efforts were diverted elsewhere. Whether Google will fix these issues before moving all the way up to 5.0 remains to be seen, but you may just have to make do until then.
Have you updated to Android 4.4.3 and also experienced some of these issues? Let us know if you have down below in the comments.
If you were on the fench about buying a Nexus 5 then a recent price reduction in the UK may tempt you into hitting that purchase button.
The 16GB Nexus 5 is now on sale for £249.95 on the Google Play Store in all available colours.
Featuring a 1080p display, 2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 800 processor, you’ll get a lot of phone for your £250.
Will you be picking up a Nexus 5 at this price?