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Android L: Features that will make you go bonkers

August 6, 2014 by Omar Sohail

After Google released Android updates for the KitKat operating system (4.4.3 and 4.4.4) in quick succession, the tech giant made its prowess known in the technological age thanks to the unveiling of its latest mobile operating system; known as Android L. Android L was previewed at Google’s I/O earlier in July and will be released to consumers later this year. The operating system features a number of significant updates, out of which the most obvious is going to be a new design language that will allow developers to stretch their legs comfortably in creating layers within their apps, which will optimize them, further for the operating system. Apps which utilize data over the internet, which will include multiplayer apps, cheap international calling apps as well as file synching apps will be optimized for greater functionality and performance. Here are some of the features of Android L that will make you go bonkers over it.

1. Performance upgrades

Performance Upgrades

Common with every operating system update (but not with Android’s KitKat updates), there are several enhancements that will improve the performance of the operating system and its respected applications. Android L will finally support 64-bit processors and it will also support the ART software library, which according to the company, will be twice as fast compared to the previous software library. The fact that 64 bit processors coming to the Android operating system will finally become a reality, here are a couple of advantages that users will get over the regular 32 bit processors:

  • Proper utilization of processing power
  • Battery intensive applications such as video streaming apps, international calling apps and gaming apps will become far more optimized
  • More fluid navigation of the operating system
  • Less delay and lag compared to before

2. Battery saver mode

Battery Saver Mode

The biggest bane of using the Android operating system happens to be its affinity with draining battery life very quickly. According to Google, Android L will bring a new battery saving mode known as 'Project Volta'. This will allow developers to identify how their apps are using battery so they can make improvements in order to make them consume as little battery life as possible. When Android L officially becomes released, only then can it be deduced that whether or not the notoriously battery hungry apps have cut down their appetite or not.

3. Material Design

Material Design

Accompanying the Android L is a new design language called 'Material Design'. From what Google has been telling about this new design language, it will provide more breathing room for developers when apps are concerned. Different elements will be given additional importance. In this way, shadows and light sources will affect user interface elements in real time. The app interfaces will now feature touches of color that will be automatically generated depending on the content and touch feedback.

4. Flexible notification system

Flexible Notification System

The notification system has been one of the strengths of Google’s operating system and it is about to get better. Android L will make notifications far better than before. Users will be able to access them on the lock screen and they will be automatically ordered in priority. So if you have adjusted your calling apps such as Skype, Viber, Yello etc to deliver notifications as a higher priority compared to the other notifications such as app updates, message notifications or social network notifications, then this will be triggered with your consent.

The very first devices that will receive the Android L updates are the Google’s Nexus brand of products, followed by HTC and then Samsung. It is going to be an exciting year for the Android operating system. Hopefully whatever limitations or bugs present in the KitKat operating system will be mitigated, since no operating system is perfect.  

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