Google's Android L will have a new look

  • TECH
  • Thursday, 26 Jun 2014

Google revealed it's making the next version of Android, codenamed L, more connected and easier to use, at its annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco.

Android is expected to get a big makeover thanks to a snazzy new user interface called Material Design, which will be flat and card-orientated like the Google Now service.

Google says its the most dramatic change the user interface has undergone since the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011.

The company wants every part of the user interface to feel like a virtual object in 3D space. The design change will not limited to just Android, as its Chrome OS and web browser will also be adopting the new look.

Android L’s improvements go beyond just looks. Users will be happy to note that the new OS will allow them to access the notification system from the lock screen and a battery-saving mode will offer an additional 90 minutes of use by turning off non-essential services.

Security has been one of the biggest issues for its OS. It plans to address this by offering better malware protection and regular security patches and updates. It says users can expect updates every six weeks.

Google will be releasing a Developer Preview of L to programmers today while consumers will have to wait till the later half of this year to try out the new OS.

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