Android L was originally detailed at the end of June, and while it was tipped to launch officially on Thursday this week, that’s looking increasingly unlikely – especially given Apple’s planned antics.
As we patiently await the green light from big G, Android L has been shown off in video format, hosted by the humble Motorola Moto G.
The 7-minute video is available for all to see on the YouTubes, and while the Spanish commentary is way over our ignorant unilingual heads, it’s pretty easy to see what’s going on.
Android L features include Material Design, which Google is rolling out to “create a consistent experience across mobile and the web”. That means new icons for things like Gmail, in addition to the real-time shadows and the floating effects and whatnot.
We’re also seeing a redesigned notification bar and lock screen in Android L, alongside new UI animations and transitions.
It’s also worth noting that Android L is remarkably smooth, that’s despite being shown off on the rather humble Motorola Moto G. Having said that, it’s been shown that the bloat-free Moto G is actually faster than the Galaxy S5 in some scenarios. But still, smooth stuff.
Incidentally, the Motorola Moto G is tipped to be near the front of the queue when Android L is finally released, perhaps behind only Google’s Nexus devices.
Even if nothing happens on Thursday, we reckon the Android L (and Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9) launch will go down before the month is out. If nothing else, it’d make sense for the Nexus 9 tablet to appear before the new iPads go on sale, right? Right.