Leak: Screenshot Shows Build of Android 'L'
June 24, 2014 1:32 PM
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Minor graphical revisions are observed in leaked image
It's not much of a revelation, but a new leak reveals a handful of details about Google Inc.'s (
) upcoming 'L' build of Android, which may be released either at
Google I/O 2014
(which starts tomorrow, running June 25-26).
Redditors spotted a screenshot
in the Chromium Issue Tracker, which showed a mysterious 'L' in the upper left-hand corner. Notably, past debugging versions of Android carried a symbol in the upper left-hand corner, such as this pie-slice icon (with antenna) for Key Lime Pie:
The debugging symbol for Key Lime Pie[Image Source: Phandroid]
Here's the leaked image in Portrait Mode vs.
Android 4.4 "KitKat"
Leaked shot of Android 'L' (left); Nexus w/ stock Android v4.4.2 "Kit Kat" (right)
[Image Source: Chromium via Reddit (left); Wikimedia Commons (right)]
Here it is in landscape mode:
...adding to the belief that it might be authentic,
the images were taken down
shortly after being posted, as the Reddit thread picked up steam. Note, the bug being reported was the app (Chrome, it appears) not properly switching to landscape layout when the phone is held in landscape mode.
A few things to take note of:
Subtle border around app to give it a "floating" look
Icon for https has flattened, been made darker
New icon for mute, adopted from the Chrome browser's bell icon
Navigation Soft Button Bar
Floats over active app
Has black back, which crops your background
Some of the names proposed for Android 'L' include:
Lemon meringue, etc.
The fact that there's such a basic bug in Chrome and the fact that there's no wireless indicator (which implies the screenshots may come from a Wi-Fi only test platform device or even an emulator build) suggests that we may not actually see Android 'L' at Google I/O. Previous rumors had pointed to a Q4 2014 release, so don't get your hopes up.
Last year's Google I/O event saw
no new release of Android
, breaking of run of releases at the event in previous years (e.g.
Android "Jelly Bean" (4.1) at Google I/O 2012
). Android KitKat (4.4) launched in Oct. 2013. Google is rumored to be preparing a flatter icon pack for the GUI in its upcoming Android 'L' release. That pack is
rumored to be codenamed "Moonshine"
Chromium Issue Tracker
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6/25/2014 4:20:11 AM
gosh I hope they haven't added a chrome border like that.
We already have websites generating mobile pages with 1/4" borders on left and right (because we assume you're on tablet!), doing it around Chrome would be just too much
6/25/2014 4:21:20 AM
I wonder if there is any UX reasoning behind the UI updates, or if it's typical half baked "someone thought it looked better this way even though it looked this way 2 versions ago and we changed away from it last version" and "it's 90% complete, ship it" behavior we keep seeing from Google
Who cares about minor things like icon looks and borders?
6/25/2014 4:47:23 AM
The huge thing with the next version of Android is that they are supposed to be replacing the Dalvik runtime with something that doesn't suck. If that is true, there may be a huge performance increase coming soon.
chrome screen shot
6/25/2014 9:49:00 AM
Thou not very clear that chrome screen shot looks alot like windows 8 and windows phone 8 which makes clear that google just copies everyone and microsoft is the current inovator leader
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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