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Android 5.0 L Update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10: Release Date Reports

The launch of the Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 is right around the corner. Or at least that’s what the latest reports are indicating. Google failed to reveal when the new Android version will be released for the public, but several sources are confirming that we might get the Android 5.0 L update sooner than expected.

You probably know that starting with Android 5.0 L, Google has changed their strategy regarding the launch of new Android updates. Over the past years, the Mountain View-based giant released two major Android updates per year, one in the summer and one in the fall. As far as it looks, the Android 5.0 L launch resembles Apple’s iOS launch pattern. Apple is usually introducing new iOS versions in the summer and makes them available for testing purposes soon after. The iOS beta program lasts until fall, when a new iPhone is announced and the final version of iOS is made available for the public. But how is Google’s strategy similar to Apple’s? I’m glad you’ve asked. Google announced the latest version of their mobile operating system in the summer. So far it’s called Android L and it’s available as Developer Preview (an Android L Developer Preview update is available here) and it will most likely go primetime in the fall, when new Nexus devices will be also see the the light of day. If the reports prove accurate, Android 5.0 L and the new Nexus devices could be revealed mid-October and launched on the market November 1st.

There are a lot of rumors regarding the final name of Android L, too. Each Android version has a specific version number and a dessert-inspired name. Considering on the high number of changes it brings, I think it’s more than safe to say that Android L will have version number 5.0. As for the dessert name, we’ve heard of Lollipop, Licorice, and Lemon Meringue Pie. Anyway, we heard Lemon Meringue Pie mentioned more often over the past few weeks. With all these being said, expect the new Android iteration to be called Android 5.0 Lemon Meringue Pie.

Early this year it was rumored that Google might not release new Nexus devices due to a new program called Android Sliver. Anyway, soon after Google I/O, in June, a Google representative dismissed the rumors that said that the Nexus family is dead. From that moment on, we started hearing reports of new Nexus hardware on a regular basis.

The fist new Nexus device we’ve heard of was a tablet codenamed Flounder. Unofficially dubbed Nexus 9, the tablet is reportedly manufactured by HTC and packs beastly specifications. According to various sources, Nexus 9 could arrive with an 8.9-inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio and 2048 x 1440 resolution, 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 8 MP main cam with OIS, 3 MP secondary cam, and a soft touch plastic back reminiscent of Nexus 5’s. The other new Nexus device is a smartphone. Nexus 6 is co-developed by Google and Motorola and it’s known internally as Shamu. Recent reports have revealed that it will have a 5.9-inch Quad HD screen, 3 GB of RAM, quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 32 GB storage, 13 MP primary shooter with dual-LED flash, OIS, and 4K video recording support, 2 MP user-facing camera, and a massive 3,200 mAh battery. For more details about the Nexus 6 check out this post. Without a doubt, both devices will run Android 5.0 L out of the box.

Now that we know when to expect the Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 let’s have a look at the main features brought by the new update. It’s generally accepted that Android 5.0 L is the biggest update Google’s software platform system has received since its debut back in 2008.

Starting with Android 5.0 L, Google has changed the design philosophy for their mobile operating system. Called Material Design, it aims to bring more colors and animations and to make the interface more intuitive with the help of 3D effects and shadows. It’s like you can see where everything came from and where everything goes.

Among others, the update will also bring battery life and system performance improvements. Android 5.0 L comes with support for 64-bit processors and replaces Dalvik runtime with ART. Project Volta covers the battery life aspects of the new update. For example, a Nexus 5 running Android L Developer Preview has between 30 – 40% greater battery life.

The new Android version also brings important changes to the Notifications Panel. Besides receiving a new color scheme and a transparent background, the Notification Panel no longer has a Quick Settings button. Well, the Quick Settings menu itself isn’t gone, but you will have to swipe down once to pull the notifications bar, then swipe down once more to get to Quick Settings. It now has toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth, Mobile Data, Airplane Mode, Auto Rotate, Location, Cast Screen, Notifications, and a slider for Brightness.

The Lock Screen was changed in Android 5.0 L, too. You will now get notifications displayed in the Lock Screen and you will be able to interact with them. You can swipe to dismiss them, tap to read them, or swipe down on a notification for more details. Google promised that the Lock Screen notifications will be sorted based on how frequently interact with them.

Another highlight of Android 5.0 L is the Recents screen. It has a card-based interface which is similar to Chrome’s recent tabs screen. Courtesy of Google’s new document-centric multitasking, certain apps will be able to show more than one card in Recents. For example, Chrome can display a card for each opened tab.

The Status Bar has received a makeover, as well. The so-called Dynamic Status Bar it’s still transparent in lock screen and home screen, but it also changes color to match the one of the app running on the screen. Even though the Android 5.0 L native apps will take advantage of the new Dynamic Status Bar from the first moment, the developers must update their apps to enable the new functionality.

You should also notice that, in Android 5.0 L, the Settings app has been reorganized and that it has a new color scheme. The Settings app also brings new animations, toggles, and check boxes. There’s also a search bar for you to easily find the option you were looking for.

As I was mentioning about the Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 could arrive on November 1st. The Nexus devices will most likely be followed shortly by the Google Play Edition smartphones and tablets and by Motorola’s supported devices. HTC promised to release Android 5.0 L for One M7 and One M8 within 90 days after Google makes it available, while Samsung will reportedly bring the new update to Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 late November or early December. Sony and LG might also release the new update for their supported devices by the end of the year.

Did you have the chance to test Android L Developer Preview? What are your favorite features? Please let us know in comments.

  • Markus

    God friggin dammit, LMP is NOT lemon menringue pie, it’s L Material Preview!

    • L-ion

      It’s going to be called Lion, everyone already knows this.

      • João Cavaco

        Or Licorice…

      • Dylan

        Animal theme would be nice for a while

        • Terje Herje

          It’s not an animal theme, if it’s “lion” it because it will be based on Nestle Lion’s candy bar.

          • Dylan

            I had to look this candy bar up on Wikipedia, never heard of it.

          • Nelson Tavares

            Never heard of lion from nestle

      • Paty Banana

        I think lollipop is the answer

      • mathewmakio

        It’s not Lion. You must not be paying attention as to why they chose KitKat over key Lime Pie.

        Lion is an American chocolate bar that is not sold around the world. There’s 0% chance of it being Lion.

        • Jm

          We have Lion bars in Portugal (and that’s in Europe)

        • baklawa

          Lion is produced in France and sold in 70 countries

        • Tor

          It used to be called Big Cat, anyone remember?

        • mathewmakio

          Well too bad because I was right! Suck eggs! You can nitpick about my details but my reason was correct. it’s not a global chocolate bar.

  • Brad331

    2048:1440 is not 4:3, it’s 64:45. 2048:1536 is 4:3.

    • AndroidRox

      Its 4:3 after deducting the space require for the Home, Back and Recent buttons bar.

  • ed

    And still ain’t sure whether the N4 will get it or not despite the strong hardware. I’ll switch to iOS if they don’t give it the update but i hope i don’t have to.

    • jimv1983

      I’d rather have a Nexus 4 without the latest version of Android than ever have to use iOS.

    • ziplock9000

      You’d switch to iOS because a soon to be 3 generation old phone *might* not support it? Thats just childish.

    • Chazz Matthews

      Nexus 4 WILL receive “L” one way or the other. The gen3 Galaxy Nexus got KitKat in spite of Google not “officially” supporting it. Go to XDA and you will see several excellent KitKat 4.4.4 custom ROMs for 2011 Galaxy Nexus. Just root and install. Developers are awesome.

      Even on my Nexus 5 I don’t run stock KitKat, I run custom ROM that adds useful features or tweaks settings to make the phone run better.

      Within a week of L-whatever public release, there will be custom “L” ROMs for the Nexus 4.

      • Abhishek

        Not trying to hurt your feelings here bru, custom ROMs for mako based on L-preview are already out, from the time the preview has been released

    • Android 5.0 has lower system requirements than previous versions, so it’ll most definitely get the update.

      • Guest

        In addition there are reports that the Galaxy Nexus might receive an official Android L version because of drive updates. If the Galaxy Nexus gets an update the Nexus 4 will get one as well.

        • dombovarig

          Galaxy Nexus won’t get it for sure, however, mako (Nexus 4) is likely to get it

    • Miguel Ortiz

      If not there is always flashing roms

  • Ge Trolli

    Android Loser

    • sree

      ios sucker

    • Joshua Morris

      Typical iOS fanboy. Lashing out angrily because his parents forces an iPhone on him for Christmas. Loves to use insults but can never seem to give any reason why their iPhone doesn’t suck. ????

      • Guest

        typical reply comments

        LOL, iPhone sucks, Android sucks, Blackberry suck, Windows 8 sucks.

        All OS sucks.
        And are good in there own way.

        Why always bring iOS on Android post.

  • Howard Petterson

    Lindt Halloween truffles. New Android

  • Howard Petterson

    L is for Lindt as in chocolates as in Android 5

  • Tom

    So, why do we not know when the next Android update will be available? Is it something to do with company stocks (legal reasons), or is it just marketing?

    • This is just how Google operates. No big announcements, no big event. Just a quiet Google Plus announcement at an unexpected time

  • Justman TheGuy

    When is Android L going to be released?

    • CupcakeDroid

      sometime near november first

  • CupcakeDroid

    i think android l may be lidnt. google hasent sent out name info yet. we will probobely find out sometime near november first!

  • D

    Android L stands for “lil wayne bought all the damn candy bars”

  • davon

    Will the galaxy s4 get it?

  • Nonscpo

    This looks so damn interesting!

  • Ryan Orne-Zaluski

    So you’re telling me android L (capable of 64-bit) will be announced on a phone (nexus 6) that doesn’t have a 64-bit processor (snapdragon 805)???

    • Sony Fanboy

      Yes. Does this surprise you?

  • Ali

    I’m already using android L on my nexus 4 ? and gave found no problem so far ?????

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