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Android 5.0 L Update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10: When to Expect It

The much awaited Android L release was introduced earlier last month during Google I/O technology event and now the fans are eagerly waiting for the new Android iteration to hit their devices. Even though Google didn’t officially reveal when the Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and other supported devices will be released for the public, we can make estimations based on the company’s previous releases.

The Android 5.0 L release is no doubt the biggest update Google’s mobile operating system has seen since its debut back in 2008. The first thing you’ll notice is probably the new Material Design philosophy which aims to make the interface more intuitive with the help of 3D effects and shadows.

The Android 5.0 L notifications and lock screens have also received important changes. The lock screen is now accommodating your notifications and you will be able to interact with them as soon as you pick your smartphone up. Google has also found a clever way to prioritize the notifications you interact with more frequently. The notification bar has been redesigned and the Quick Settings button has vanished. Now, the Quick Settings menu is located one swipe down away from the notification bar. In order to access Quick Settings you will have to swipe down once to bring up notifications, then swipe once more to show Quick Settings toggles.

Quick Settings also introduces “Adaptive Brightness” instead of Auto Brightness, rotation lock shortcut, Do Not Disturb Mode, and it seems that the Android L Developer Preview code also hides some clues about the possibility of changing the Quick Settings toggles.

The status bar will now change color to match the action bar of the app running on the screen, while being transparent in the home and lock screens. The Android 5.0 L multitasking received a new interface that is a reminiscent of the Chrome for Android card-based tabs page. Besides receiving a makeover, the Android 5.0 L multitasking also allows apps to display more than one card.

The new Android iteration also introduces ART instead of the obsolete Dalvik runtime, support for 64-bit processors, USB audio-out, search within Settings menu, and enhanced battery life.

Even though the Mountain View-based company didn’t reveal when the Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will be released, we strongly believe we will get to see it in flesh sometime mid-fall. So far, Google released two Android updates a year, one in the summer and one mid-fall.

Android L was officially previewed at Google I/O this summer and the Developer Preview is already available for both Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013. From now on, Google will probably adopt an Apple-like strategy, intruding new Android iterations developer previews during I/O then make them available for the public in the fall. We are expecting the final version of Android 5.0 L to be released sometime in October, synchronized with the debut of a new Nexus device.

Even though it was rumored that the Nexus program will be discontinued, one of Google’s officials dismissed the rumors. Reports in the industry are talking of an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet manufactured by HTC and codenamed Volantis. If the rumors are to be believed, the tablet will pack a 64-bit enabled Tegra K1 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, 3 MP secondary shooter, and “aluminium zero-gap” construction.

After the Android 5.0 L update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will be officially released, the new firmware will also be released for the members of the Google Play Experience tribe in a matter of weeks. Motorola might be one of the first OMEs to update their smartphones to Android 5.0. Furthermore, HTC announce they will update both One M7 and One M8 to Android L within 90 days after they receive the final version from Google.

  • kixofmyg0t

    So we officially know that it’s gonna be called Android 5.0? Or are you guessing?

    • Daniel Starikov

      At the moment it’s called Android L. The Roman numeral L means 50, so chances are it’s going to be 5.0

      • Thom

        Each android release has been in alphabetical order. L is the next letter

        • RDee


        • RDee

          You Don’t Say!!

        • Tim Le

          I have always thought they were just named after sweets…

      • Sean Umphlet


      • jimv1983

        The “L” isn’t because it is the Roman numeral for 50. It is “L” because Google names their OS after sweet things. The current version is K for KitKat. L comes after K.

    • Licorice.

      • taerikee

        I thought it was Lollipop

        • Well, you know what thought did to Matt.

        • jimv1983

          The name hasn’t been announced at all yet. Lollipop is seems to me the most popular but nobody(maybe not even Google) knows the actual name yet.

  • kkkk

    Have also SUFFERED…

    • christion rodriguez

      Yeah… I had to read that line twice…. That key word threw me off.. SUFFERED. HOW IS IT SUFFERING IF IT’S THE BEST UPDATE SINCE 2008?! I think someone is gonna lose some readers.. Tisk tisk

    • LOL. I didn’t notice that until I saw your comment, but it’s pretty damn funny.

  • Kwame Owusu

    Oh Google Now, Y? Y r u sending me to these sites with very old news?

    • Kyle

      How is an article from July 16 “very old news”?

      Are you from the future? If so I’d like to go back with you.

      • Kwame Owusu

        Not the date the article was posted but the information in the article. The article stated no new information. Like reporting now that Obama is the US president.

        • deeh

          Wicked comment. Same here bru

  • Sritaj Kumar Patel

    Waiting for the Official release!
    I think I should hold before getting a new Smartphone ot Tab; hard to know if they will be given the update!

  • Scott

    For the record, you can’t customize the toggles.

    Well, not in the developer preview at least. There is a very notable change in performance with Android L and the new material design is beautiful and stunning.

    Also, stop regurgitating old news for the sake of blog hits. I won’t be back.

  • jimv1983

    Referring to Android L as 5.0 is still speculation at this point. Nothing I have seen confirms(or denies) that 5.0 is the official version number. Many people speculated that KitKat would be 5.0. They were wrong. It is still possible that L could be 4.5.

  • 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