Just over two weeks after being officially announced by Google at the I/O conference the android community has already managed to get a near enough fully working Android L port to the Nexus 4. Yes there are some bugs which is to be expected but its great to see that support for the nexus 4 is still going strong. Android L is the next instalment of Google’s Android operating system for smart phones and tablets, some people have also come to believe that ‘L’ stands for lollipop which would also keep it in the tradition of Androids well known naming theme.
Some of the new features which have been announced for Android L have been listed below.
- A new user interface based on what Google calls “a material design” which give more advanced user feedback.
- New popup notifications to allow you to stay in your current app (Although I think this feature has been around for a while in some custom ROM’s).
- More authentication options with the use of Android smart watches which allows you to unlock your phone with other devices.
- 64bit processor support and vastly improved PC like graphics with OpenGL ES 3.1 and the Android Extension Pack which Google say “will bring PC-level graphics to mobile devices”.
- More battery life! with Google’s Project Volta which can detect when your device is low on power and reduce consumption accordingly as well as providing more power saving features.
- Improved audio with lower latency and resampling rates with support for USB audio.
- A new camera API provides more features for developers and the ability to save images in their RAW format with no post processing by the device.
- Androids Dalvik is being replaced by ART, Google’s new Android Runtime which improves the speed of application startup time and optimisation but requires more install time and space for each app.
- Support for the new Bluetooth 4.1 specification.