Android L

Android Lollipop is coming to all Sony Xperia Z devices

Boo yah! Sony just dropped a big one on us today as they have announced what seems to be a roadmap for future software releases on their premium Xperia Z series. We’ve all heard of Android Lollipop (who hasn’t?), and we’ve all seen what it can do – the minimalist Material Design, the new features. That’s one thing. But it is a whole other thing – and exciting, at that – to declare that a whole series of your premium phones is getting it.

Android Lollipop statue unveiled, sweet ads released on YouTube

Android 5.0 is finally here and it’s sweeter than ever. We were expecting Lemon Key Pie, Lady Finger, or Licorice but never really thought it would be very simple: Lollipop. Actually, the first time we heard about the Android 5.0 being the Lollipop was September last year when a concept video for the next Android OS was released.

Nexus 6, Android 5.0, Lollipop: tipped, teased, and leaked

If the latest rumor were true, then we might just be counting down the hours before Google's great Android reveal involving the Nexus 9 tablet and possibly the Nexus 6 smartphone and the name of the next Android version. Naturally, we are now getting a flood of hints that point out the possible answers to all those questions, including the possible name of Android L, which might be Lollipop after all. Whatever it's name is, Google has seemingly confirmed that it is indeed Android 5.0.

Nexus 9 to be unveiled tomorrow but launched in November

If the stars align tomorrow, we will finally get 1/3 of the Android puzzle filled in. An insider sources claims that Google has scheduled a formal announcement of what is now known as the Nexus 9 for October 15, which is just a few hours away. This, however, is just an appetizer as the tablet will only be available via pre-orders starting the 17th until its retail launch on November 3.

Did the Google lawn sculpture artist tease Android L official name?

It's either he's the most obvious "teaser" out there or he's giving us another red herring. Google lawn artist (yes, there's such a thing!) Giovanni Calabrese has been leaving licorice hints all over his G+ page, just ahead of his visit to the Google HQ in San Francisco. He is now working on retouching and refurbishing the lawn sculptures, probably in preparation for the official announcement of the latest Android version and the probable unveiling of the new Nexus phone, rumored to be later this month.

SuperSU updated to 2.13, getting ready for Android L

If some of you are not familiar with SuperSU, that’s probably because you haven’t gotten around to gaining root access to your device. Most of the users who root their phones will know about SuperSU (and enjoy the naming redundancy) – an app that allows you some management and control as to which apps and aspects of your device will be granted root access.

Android L 64-bit emulator finally out, only for Intel x86

From Google I/O 2014, we were treated to a preview of Android next OS releases, now known popularly as Android L. Android head honcho Sundar Pichai also made it clear that Android 5.0 (or is it Android Lollipop?) will be optimized for 64-bit apps, but as launch date nears (we hope) – there have been few updates regarding Android L 64-bit capability. Thankfully, we have one right now – as Android Dev has announced the availability of an Android L 64-bit emulator for Intel x86 architecture.

Google Play Store updated, more Material Design and tweaks

This is a developing story, but it seems that Google has updated the Play Store app, and there are very obvious changes to this new iteration of our favorite app marketplace. The app has changed aesthetics closer to what we might expect from a movement towards Google’s Android L launch (soon, we hope). And there are some tweaks within the app itself that would be good to look at.

Chrome 38 comes out in Android with bug fixes, improvements

As the date for Android L (what it stands for is still a guessing game but it will surely be delicious) draws near, most of Google's apps have slowly been updated design-wise with the material design that will be implemented by the major update. That is precisely one of the things that Chrome for Android has updated with version 38. And while the changes aren't that strikingly obvious, it's always a good idea to update your mobile browser to fix bugs and security updates.

Google working on multi-window function for Android

Multitasking may be a useful feature of any mobile device but multi-window is better once Android officially launches it. For now, Google’s Android team is working on multi-window functionality for tablets and smartphones. No official announcement from Google yet but it was confirmed last March that the search giant is indeed working on it.
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