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Android 5.0 L Update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10: What You Need to Know

The folks at Google will release the Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and other supported devices later this year, so we thought you should remind you of some of the features and changes that are integrated in the new Android version.

The biggest change introduced by the Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 is probably the new Material Design which is nothing but colorful and dynamic. Google said they are focusing on shadows and 3D effects to make the Android 5.0 L interface more intuitive and that’s exactly what they did. Even the Google Keyboard in Android 5.0 L has been changed to fit in with the new Material Design philosophy.

You should also notice that Google has changed the way the status bar looks and works. While being transparent in the home and lock screens, the Android 5.0 L status bar changes color to match the action bar of the app that is displayed on the screen. Of course, it’s up to developers to change the way the status bar looks like while their apps are being run.

The Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will also bring a new multitasking interface. The running processes are now being displayed on the screen as a stack of cards, in a way similar to how the Chrome tabs look like in the Android version of the browser. Furthermore, apps can now have more than one card displayed in the multitasking.

The lock screen and the notifications have also been redesigned in Android 5.0 L. You will now be able to interact with your notifications right from the lock screen, while the notification bar has received a new look. Even the Quick Settings area has been changed. Now it lives one swipe down away from the notification bar. The Quick Settings button is also gone, so you will need to swipe down once to bring up the notifications bar, then swipe once more for Quick Settings. Do Not Disturb Mode is also a thing in Android 5.0 L, while Auto Brightness has been ditched for “Adaptive Brightness.”

Update: A new report coming from people who went deep into Android L Developer Preview code indicates that Google is planning to allow users to change the Quick Settings toggles in the final version of the release.

The Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 also arrives with USB audio-out, search support within the Settings menu, rotation lock shortcut in Quick Settings, while the battery menu and lock screen show how long it will take to charge your battery, and more.

The new Android iteration also replaces the obsolete Dalvik runtime with ART, which brings support for 64-bit processor and should considerably improve system speeds. Another good news is that the battery life is expected to grow more than 30% in Android 5.0 L.

Google hasn’t revealed the official name of the new Android version, but given the plethora of changes introduced by the new update it will most likely be labeled as Android 5.0. In regards of the dessert name chosen for the new Android iteration, most reports indicate it will be “Lollipop.”

There’s no official confirmation about the public release of Android L, but Google’s previous launches seem to indicate we will be able to install the final version of the OS on our devices mid-fall. Google was usually announcing new Android releases two times a year: in the summer and in the fall. Since the summer only brought us a preview of Android L, we are expecting the final version to see the light of day sometime in October.

As usual, Android 5.0 L will debut synchronized with a new Nexus device. Even though it was rumored that Google plans to kill the Nexus program, it seems that the Nexus brand is here to stay. Sources in the industry talk about an 8.9-inch Nexus 8 tablet known internally as HTC Volantis. If the reports are to be believed it will pack an 8.9-inch screen with 4:3 aspect ratio, 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, 8 MP primary cam with OIS, 3 MP secondary cam, and “aluminium zero-gap” construction.

Of course, the Nexus smartphones and tablets will be the first to receive the Android 5.0 L update, soon followed by the members of the Google Play Experience tribe. If Motorola keep their good habit, their Moto X and Moto G (and probably Moto X+1, too) will be among the first OEM devices to receive the Android 5.0 L update. HTC promised to release Android L for One M7 and Oe M8 within 90 days after they receive the final version from Google, while other big OEMs like Samsung, LG, or Sony might release the new update late 2014 or early 2015.

  • filetkip

    You guys made a typo it isnt late 2013 or early 2014 you meant late 2014 or early 2015

    • We fixed that, thanks! Obviously, we meant late 2014 or early 2015

  • Steph Horvath

    How many types of Nexus 7’s are there. LOL Check yourself Riciu.

    • Thomas Maxwell

      He probably meant Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, however there are 2 completely different Nexus 7’s.

      • Heh yeah one 7 with working phone and one without

        • Thomas Maxwell

          More like one with a faster processor, more RAM, better resolution, stereo speakers, rear camera… Ect

          • … And (so I’ve heard) a non working phone (on LTE version)

          • I’d settle for phone capabilities, good RAM (2GB min) and good ROM (no craptasticly slow NAND)

    • It was a typo. He meant “Nexus 5, Nexus 7.” Wonder how that went past Riciu’s hawk eye…

  • bob

    Ratio vs Ration

  • Muhammad Farooqi

    Google has now playing with their users… Every new news says.. A new update is coming.. With fixes.. A lot of issues removed… If buggs are fixed why every next update is again buggggg fixed.

    • Robert Bray

      Because more bugs are either found or introduced. Operating systems aren’t known for the simplicity of their code.

  • Moses

    If they don’t add a battery % indicator…

    • Mr. Android Robot

      They already have one in KitKat… Swipe down (as you would for notifications) with two fingers and it brings up quick settings, battery percentage is shown (at least on nexus 5).

      • Moses

        Yeah I know I would like one next to the battery meter like on the Galaxy S4/5 and newer HTC phones though

    • Danny Dodge

      You can get an app that activates it. I’m on L on nexus 4 and I have battery % displayed 🙂

      • Andre

        How you get L on nexus 4 ?

        • vikas bisoi

          better wait for google official release as current L developed by devlopers is full of bugs all most of the apps are not supported…better to wait instead of making ur device a show piece….m waiting too..

          • Jorge

            Lol hasta ahora lo tengo y no he tenido ningún problema

          • Danny Dodge

            Igual 🙂

        • Danny Dodge

          There’s a ported ROM over at the xda forum… It is really good, I recommend it 🙂

  • Stoycho ‘cleaver’ Ganev

    Why so many unnecessary repetitions of “for Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10”? This is very annoying and we’re not idiots. This is an awful writing style!

    • This is for SEO

      • Yeh that was my thought -keyword stuffing

        • Stoycho ‘cleaver’ Ganev

          Yes, I know this is for SEO. But it’s a very stupid way to do SEO, and it’s very, very annoying reading such stuff all over the place. It ignores reader’s experience altogether. You can’t sacrifice the integrity and style of your text for seo like that.
          I hope the author of this article reads my comment.

          • Unfortunately, SEO has become more important than the user!

  • column_1

    “Oe M8” 😉

  • Praveesh

    Waste of time we already know all the changes. Keeping good title doesn’t change the article

  • thatsjarrod

    What about that craptastic Chrome browser? Anything to make it not crash every 2 minutes or to make the browser half as fast as my Note 3?

    • jimv1983

      I’ve never experienced a crash of Chrome.

    • James Sterling

      I’ve never had a problem with chrome on android..

    • I’ve never had Chrome crash -just Android. On Nexus 4 KitKat and ART (not sure of blame) every few weeks needs power off to unfreeze it.

      I have had regular Firefox crashes on older hardware.

  • Bit off topic, but opinions on best android tablet for fast typing? IPad I used to own would handle 40-60WPM all day (though it’s special keys layout sux for toggling to numbers etc). What android tablets are that smooth (on software keyboard)?

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    I am still facing battery drainage problem in my Nexus 5 even after updating the
    latest 4.4.4 KitKat version along with frequent rebooting. Well, the only thing
    now I am expecting from this Android L version is that it should be bug free
    otherwise I will ditch Android platform and may choose the upcoming iPhone 6. Well, to keep the battery of my Nexus 5 fully charged I even installed a wireless car charger in my car that I purchased from Amazon
    www .amazon.com/dp/B00F5XPCSC

    • What’s high drain? I get about 10 hours of good use or 20 hours of light use from my Nexus 4 on KitKat, and i consider that reasonable for such a small battery.

      Remember some things are always horribly draining on anything, like running mapping guidance while driving-that’s why i always charge while driving. Running Dash, Waze, and Google Music to the car speakers, a charger just keeps the battery at a level.

  • Rick McFadden

    im guessing Android L is not just a temp name. its actually fairly creative to have android 5.0 match up to the letter L, which is obviously the roman numeral for 50

  • joesbox84

    Why a 4:3 format screen for the Nexus 8? I don’t see any advantage at all given that 99% of media is in widescreen format. I see it as a distinct advantage that the Nexus has over the iPad.

  • Cyan Ryan

    Will the Nexus 7 (2012) be getting the Android 5.0 L update?

  • Kill Joy DOD

    All I’m interested in from the new update is if it will fix the NEXUS 7 (Gen 2) SLOW BATTERY CHARGING ISSUE!!!

    If not, I may (or may-not) take up hacking!! People that made their own firmware said it cured their problem but I’ll give Android a chance to fix this issue before turning my Nexus into a tutorial. XD