Google I/O 2014: Top 10 Features of Google Android L (Android 5.0) OS; Android L SDK Available From June 26

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | June 26, 2014 7:17 PM EST

Google's Android KitKat OS has got a new successor in Android L OS (also referred as Android 5.0) in the Google I/O 2014 conference. This new OS update is touted as the biggest Android update ever. Apparently, Android L features a new theme called "Material" that replaces the "Holo" theme pertaining to Android KitKat OS.

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This new theme translates to having pixels and interface entities react to individual user's "touch" in a spontaneous way. With the new "Material" theme, app developers can now specify depth and motion in their apps to control the response depending on user interaction. In addition, the Android L (Android 5.0) design changes include sleek colour combinations, shadows, and stunning animations.

The user interface of Android L has a flat look and feel. With the improved depth, the interface pops only the important elements to the front and the less-frequently used items take a back seat. The buttons, in specific, features fresh animations and solid colours. It is worth noting that, the search giant has concentrated more on the battery part, by introducing "Project Volta", which is expected to help enhance the battery life.

In addition, Google's Gmail has also gone through a complete redesign with cleaner, fresher and more sophisticated look. Also, the square buttons/entities/elements of current Gmail have been changed to circular ones.

According to Liliputing, The Android L preview SDK can be downloaded from developer.android.com from June 26, 2014. This includes system images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

Here is a list of top 10 features introduced in Google I/O handpicked from the comprehensive list of Android Central and Trusted Reviews.

1.       New "Do not disturb" mode

2.       3D multitasking menu

3.       Native Bluetooth 4.1 support

4.       Support for authentication (unlocking phone) via Smartwatches/gadgets

5.       New lock screen and heads-up notifications, navigation keys and quick settings

6.       New recycle and card view

7.       Multi-network support

8.       Improved battery charge/time leftover statistics and battery historian provision

9.       USB audio support and improved AV sync

10.     Burst mode API support

What more are you expecting from Google I/O 2014? Feel free to leave a comment.

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A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014. Google has taken the first steps to meet a European ruling that citizens can have objectionable links removed from Internet search results, a ruling that pleased privacy campaigners but raised fears that the right can be abused to hide negative information.
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