The bad news is that I haven’t installed the preview of Android L on my Nexus 5 or 7. Both devices are my daily drivers and I kind of need them to work. The good news is that almost every other tech blogger covering Google I/O is performing this public service for us, so there’s no shortage of screen grabs out there showing off Android’s next major release.
Android Police in particular are milking this for all it’s worth. So, courtesy of them, here’s a taste of Android L:
The home screen and new default wallpaper… Note the redesigned navigation icons and app drawer button.
Lock screen notifications… Note the Google+-style user thumbnail in the top-right corner.
The redesigned Rolodex-like “Recents” menu…
… And the new keyboard.
But Wait, There’s More!
If you wanted to dive a bit further into Android L’s new features, Android Police has got you covered:
- Android “L” Feature Spotlight: Do Not Disturb Mode
- Android “L” Feature Spotlight: Beam Can Now Be Activated From The Share Menu
- Android “L” Feature Spotlight: Android Camera API Supports DNG Image Capture, Photographers Everywhere Cheer
Told ya they were milking this…
If video is more your thing you might enjoy this walk-through by Alex Dobie at Android Central:
I myself am most interested in the new centralized app permissions, aka Universal Data Controls—but I can neither confirm nor deny that this feature is included in the current preview. If someone has an extra Nexus 5 or 7 lying around and wants a free install of Android L, let me know. 😀
Of course, you can try out Android L on your own 2013 Nexus device by downloading the files and following the instructions here. Let us know how you get on!