Android L

I just installed Android L preview on my Nexus 7. I'm not exactly using it in anger at the moment but if anyone has any questions about it i'd be happy to answer as time permits :)

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 30, 2014 at 13:42

I zoned out last week - what is Android L? Skimming the news I'm still not any wiser.

mrew42  Jun. 30, 2014 at 14:10

A preview release of the new O/S maybe 5 Lollipop or summat
The 'under the covers' setting stuff is quite different (UI at least)
And it's switched to using Android Run Time (ART) instead of Dalvik cache. Which is ahead of time rather (code is compiled at install time) than Just in time compiler (where code id compiled at run time). Gives improved performance and battery life, though i've yet to see this.

AhmadCentral  Jun. 30, 2014 at 14:32

How's the "Material design" aspect?

Is it intrusive or does it just flow?

mrew42  Jun. 30, 2014 at 14:45

Lock screen and pull down notifications (to me) have a hint of iOS about them.
Home screen/Launcher to quote David Byrne, Same as it ever was
But the settings accessed from the pulldown menu, definite look of Sense about it (black text on white background), though the layout is grid like rather than a list..

mrew42  Jun. 30, 2014 at 14:52

Which didn't really answer your question :|
Not intrusive, if anything more cohesive.
Oh, and the easter egg which shows which version of Android you're running, is the same as the Webdriver user on youtube with it's random red and blue blocks :3

AhmadCentral  Jun. 30, 2014 at 21:53

That's good to hear.

Have you noticed any improvements in usability such as a previous task that used to involve multiple button presses now being much shorter/easier to perform?

Chrome tabs being in the task switcher is a good example, have you used this and is it easier than going into Chrome directly or is it just unneeded clutter?

mrew42  Jul. 1, 2014 at 08:37

I'll have to get back to you on that one. Woke up this morning to find it as dead as a dodo, so it's on charge for a while oO

mrew42  Jul. 3, 2014 at 14:39

Just realised I never got back to you Ahmad. (now that i've stopped the battery draining totally overnight - Synch isn't working properly and keeps polling constantly.) I've not really noticed anything in terms of usability which bothered me before and is easier now.
And as for Chrome tabs being in the task switcher, well not on my tablet it doesn't. still a single app you go to then you select your tab. Unless I''m missing something. Really haven't used it in anger as i'm now working from home more often and don't have my commute time to get to grips with it.
Certainly seems slicker in general and the more I see the "material design" in action, the more I want it on my HTC M8.


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