Google from time to time has released several versions of its Android OS, but the release of the Android L operating system is different from the release of previous versions of the OS. It is the first time when the company is offering developers a preview version as well as a subset of the source code with the system software.
Its now easy for developers to come up with alterations to Android that include Android L’s material design principles for the user interface. Also, as part of Project Volta the company planned to improvise the battery by giving it a longer life. There are also various other fine tuning and adjustments made to the interface to augment its functionalities.
There is an Android L operating system’s source code for a variety of Nexus devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 but the availability of developer preview firmware was limited to Nexus 5, Nexus 7 WI-fi 2013 edition devices.
According to developers the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 gap was abridged enabling users to play with the new but the incomplete operating system. Reports suggest that there were WI-fi issues and other bugs with the first and second builds of the preview Android L for the Nexus 4 and it is because of this that a new update termed as Beta 3 Preview was released. The latest update is known to have addressed all the issues. Other issues that developers are still working on include problems with camera, lock screen, LTE, as well as tethering defects. Users using the Android L find that many apps here are broken. These apps do not open with the OS. Many of these apps are being developed so that they open with the system software. The best Android phones have almost all features and properties that provide full satisfaction to the users.
Though there is the avaiability of the port for the Nexus 7 2012, but expert opinion suggest that its useless as a number of key features do not work. Since the Android L is a recent development, therefore it is early to predict the nature of devices that uses the OS but the release of source code for all the existing Nexus devices gives a hint that the update for the OS will arrive shortly.
A post by Chandrasekhar Bhattacharjee. 28th of July, 2014.