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Top Android L Features Developers Should Know


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There are plenty of cool new features introduced by Google in Android L, including a revamped interface, better battery life and performance boost. Here is everything that Android developers need to know about Android L and its features.

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Top Android L Features Developers Should Know

  1. 1. What is Android L?  Android L is an upcoming release of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google.  Android L was first unveiled on June 25, 2014 during a keynote presentation at the Google I/O developers' conference.  Under the hood in Android L are dozens of new features and over 5000 new APIs that developers can plug into as well.
  2. 2. Android L Features 1. Material Design  The biggest user-facing Android L feature is Material Design, a complete UI overhaul that introduces many new 3D and textural elements into the Android interface.  It’s made to run on multiple types of devices, including everything from your Smartphone and tablet to your laptop and TV.
  3. 3. Android L Features 2. Enhanced Notifications  A new notification style will pop up at the top of the screen no matter what application you're in, letting you respond or dismiss it.  Notifications won't clutter up your lock screen, either, with only important ones showing up there.  There's a new class of notifications in Android L called "Heads-up Notifications“.
  4. 4. Android L Features 3. New Lockscreen  Part of the Android L redesign is a new lockscreen which will show you notifications.  You'll need to swipe up to unlock (if you don't have a lock pattern or other unlock method) but you can also swipe right to launch the dialer or left to launch the camera.
  5. 5. Android L Features 4. Quick Settings  In Android L, there’s no need to use two fingers or tap an icon to access your quick settings. All you need to do is to swipe down from the top of the notification panel while it’s already open (the same gesture to open the panel in the first place).  It's a big improvement that will make it easier for casual users to find these settings.
  6. 6. Android L Features 5. Battery Saver  Android L is expected to bring some serious battery improvements to your mobile devices via Google’s Project Volta.  Featuring a built-in battery saver that detects when your handset is low on juice, the app can automatically reduce CPU load and display brightness.  Google's "Project Volta" helps developers build apps that are much more aware of battery usage.
  7. 7. Android L Features 6. Recent Apps  The Recent Apps menu also gets a significant makeover with Android L.  The new recent apps section of Android L brings a Google Now card style layout. The open apps flow on a sort of carousel and can be swiped off to either side to close them as before.
  8. 8. Android L Features 7. Personal Unlocking  A new feature will enable users to unlock their Smartphone when physically near enough a device like an Android Wear Smartwatch. 8. Performance  Android L officially switches old interpreter to the new "ART," a more efficient compiler which should improve both performance and battery life.
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