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Android L 5.0 release date, news and features

Android L 5.0 release date, news and features

Android L is here, and it’s brought a raft of new changes, with Sundar Pichai, head of Android, proclaiming it to be one of the biggest upgrades to Android yet.

It’s going to have a radical new design, 5000 new APIs, will be available for developer previews soon, and it’s going beyond the mobile form factor. Android L will be contextually aware of its surrounding, plus voice is going to me a major input source.

The experience will also be seamless, so Android L devices communicate properly, although Pichai was at pains to point out the mobile phone will always be the priority.

TechRadar was in attendance to see all the action unfold, so if you’re hankering for all the information about Android L, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out everything you need to know about Google’s new mobile platform.

Notifications and lock screen

Notifications on Android L are getting an overhaul, so only the more relevant information about your apps is being presented. The notification panel is being merged with the lockscreen so you can see what’s going on as you pick up the phone, and a simple swipe up takes you into the phone.

Imagine that the lockscreen is similar to the notifications panel now, and you’re pretty much there.

Android L will also learn from you, working out what you look at and interact with more often to prioritise that notification.

Another big change is that notifications will flow over the screen at the top – get a call when you’re playing a game and it will pop up at the top, asking if you want to take it. This will likely be the same with messages etc too, meaning less intrusion at the wrong times.

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