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Android "L" Preview Source Code Going Live In AOSP, Includes Support For Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012+2013), And 10 [Update: It's Only Partial Source]

Android "L" Preview Source Code Going Live In AOSP, Includes Support For Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012+2013), And 10 [Update: It's Only Partial Source]

It looks like Google is serious about getting the "L" preview out to developers in all of its forms, even as code. That's right, some of the source code is already live on AOSP!Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 4.15.59 PM

It looks like all of the recent Nexus devices are covered - everything from the 2012 Nexus 7 up through to the Nexus 5. Of course, just because branches have been published for these devices, it is not absolute confirmation that this entire list of devices will receive an official L release.

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Android "L" Spotlight: JobScheduler Conserves Battery Life By Letting Apps Know When To Run Background Tasks

Android "L" Spotlight: JobScheduler Conserves Battery Life By Letting Apps Know When To Run Background Tasks

Battery life on Android has been a bit of a sore spot for many users, mostly because it's simply not good enough. Most devices can make it a day on moderate use, and a few can even do so comfortably, very few phones can hit two days without some time on the charger. The Android "L" release is making several improvements to power efficiency via Project Volta, but there are also ways to improve 3rd-party apps, and that's where the new Job Scheduler comes in.

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Android "L" Feature Spotlight:  You Can Finally See The Frequency Of Your Wi-Fi Network

Android "L" Feature Spotlight: You Can Finally See The Frequency Of Your Wi-Fi Network

Android's upcoming L release, currently available in developer preview form, has a lot of improvements to its networking and Wi-Fi capability. One of the smaller additions that will nonetheless make a few people very, very happy is the user-facing reporting of Wi-Fi frequencies. Translation: you can finally see whether the Wi-Fi network you're connected to is using the 2.4GHz band or the 5GHz band.

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Left, center: separate network frequencies in Android L (note the SSID).

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Android "L" Feature Spotlight: Multi-Networking Offers Seamless Network Switching, Easy Wi-Fi Accessories, And More

Android "L" Feature Spotlight: Multi-Networking Offers Seamless Network Switching, Easy Wi-Fi Accessories, And More

If it's not already completely obvious, the L Developer Preview is shaping up to be an absolutely massive sea change for Android. While we've been treated to an entirely new design language called Material, a redesigned Recents screen, huge performance improvements, and over 5000 other new APIs and features for developers, it's easy to overlook plenty of exciting improvements that aren't quite as flashy. One such change was briefly mentioned by Dan Sandler during the "What's new in Android" session: Multi-Networking, the capability to maintain multiple network connections simultaneously.

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Chainfire Updates SuperSU To Work Properly On The Android L Developer Preview

Chainfire Updates SuperSU To Work Properly On The Android L Developer Preview

There are always some bumps along the road when a new version of Android comes out, and this one isn't even technically done yet. Nevertheless, Chainfire has tweaked SuperSU to enable root access on the Android L developer preview. This man works fast.

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Android "L" Feature Spotlight: The New "Document-Centric" Multitasking Interface Finally Makes Sense

Android "L" Feature Spotlight: The New "Document-Centric" Multitasking Interface Finally Makes Sense

We had a little early information on the Project Hera task switching system before the announcement, but now things are becoming clearer as Googlers chime in with the specifics. At the I/O keynote, Google showed Chrome adding multiple tabs to the app switcher, but that's just the start of what's going to happen in Android L's multitasking.

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Android "L" Feature Spotlight: The Keyboard Selector Has Moved From The Notification Area To The Navigation Bar

Android "L" Feature Spotlight: The Keyboard Selector Has Moved From The Notification Area To The Navigation Bar

Android L has brought a new version of the Google Keyboard with Material Design and an optional white KitKat theme, but if you're an avid fan of Swiftkey, its predictions, and themes, or any other third-party alternative, you will notice that the option to select your keyboard is now down in the right corner of the navigation bar, instead of the notification drop-down.

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The new placement makes a lot more sense, because keyboard selection isn't a notification, is it?

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[Weekend Poll] Which Has You More Excited - The "L" Release, Android Wear, Android TV, Or Android Auto?

[Weekend Poll] Which Has You More Excited - The "L" Release, Android Wear, Android TV, Or Android Auto?

Another Google I/O has passed, and with it, a slew of Android-related announcements and reveals we've only just scratched the surface of at this point. This year was all about platforms: phones, tablet, watches, TVs, and cars - Google wants Android on all the things in your life that should be smarter (well, at least some people think they should be).

Which, though, was the showstopper for you? What are you waiting on more than anything else at this point?

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Quick Twitter Beta App Update Adds Support For Android L And Heads-Up Notifications

Quick Twitter Beta App Update Adds Support For Android L And Heads-Up Notifications

Let's be clear about this: developers don't have any kind of obligation to update their apps for the Android L preview release. It's a preview - by definition, it's not ready for prime time, and developers shouldn't have to immediately treat it like consumer software. That said, it's nice to see that some have already begun to prepare for the full Android L release later this year. Even relatively large players like Twitter are getting in on the action.

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Android "L" Feature Spotlight: Accessibility Gains Color Inversion And Color Blindness Compensation

Android "L" Feature Spotlight: Accessibility Gains Color Inversion And Color Blindness Compensation

Perhaps you don't wander into the Android accessibility settings very much, but some users will be very happy to see what's going on in this menu as of the L release. Literally, they will be happy to see it. Android L has support for color inversion and correction for color blindness.

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