Jun 25 2014, 12:22pm CDT | by Ahmed Humayun
Google’s biggest event I/O is underway and as expected the search engine giant has unveiled its next version of Android called “L.” KitKat has found its way to hardly 15 percent of android devices but Google has much better plans for the future.
According to Google, Android L will have 5000 new APIs and will feature a fresh new ‘Material Design UI’.This new design will not only be limited to phones and tabs but many other device categories too. Overall the UI has become flat with bold colors, typography, improved grid lines, new animations and much more. With 5000 new APIs, Android L will open a lot of possibilities for the developers and Google is also rolling out new tools to the Developers, which will help them revamp their apps according to Google’s Material Design philosophy.
A new notifications system is also introduced in Android L, the lock screen now shows a full list of notifications, which are actionable. Heads up notifications are now introduced with which the notifications appear over an already opened app and you can interact with it too. Smart Lock feature also comes with Android L, a phone’s lock screen may be bypassed when your smartwatch is connected to it.
Talking about the battery life, Android L comes with number of optimizations, which will improve the battery life of your device. A new battery saver mode is introduced which will extend the usage time of your device by 90 minutes. Though we have already seen smartphone manufacturers like HTC and Samsung include extreme power saving modes but this native power saver mode will surely help improve the battery life efficiently.
Android L will also include new security features with remote wipe feature being one of them. Now you will be able to restore your stolen phone or tablet back to factory settings. The developer preview of Android L will be available for developers later today, stay tuned for more updates on I/O conference.
Ahmed Humayun is a technology journalist bringing you the hottest tech stories of the day.
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