Will Verduzco · Jun 24, 2014 at 01:00 am

Snapshots of Android “L” Found in Chromium Issue Tracker

Android "L" Leak Quantum Paper

Google I/O 2014 is a mere 35 hours away, and many of us are hoping for the release of the next major version of Android, thus far only known as “L.” Whether or not Android “L” makes its appearance at I/O, we already know quite a bit about it.

At this point, we have a few relatively concrete details about the upcoming Android “L” release. We know that Dalvik will soon be shown the door in favor of ART, and we know that quite a bit of emphasis has been placed in the 64-bit codebase. And through rumors detailing the new Quantum Paper UI paradigm, we also have a good idea of what the next major version of Android will look like.

Now thanks to an issue posted to the Chromium issue tracker that was discovered earlier today by redditor Doopl, we have an even clearer picture of what L may look like. The issue itself (now-removed issue tracker entry 382592) is of little consequence itself, but it deals with Chrome’s layout not observing screen orientation changes. Although the issue tracker entry itself has been made private or deleted, information on the now-fixed bug can still be found on Google Groups:

Comment #1 on issue 382592 by aruslan@chromium.org: Upgrade screen should   
respect screen orientation 
http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=382592 

The following change refers to this bug: 
https://chrome-internal-review.googlesource.com/166975 

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Updates: 
        Status: Fixed 

Comment #2 on issue 382592 by aruslan@chromium.org: Upgrade screen should   

Note that due to the necessity to fit the header and the buttons, the   
scrolled area has been expanded to contain the text in the bottom. 

Attachments: 
        3u-tablet-portrait.png  347 KB 
        3u-tablet-landscape.png  154 KB 
        3u-phone-portrait.png  160 KB 
        3u-phone-landscape.png  168 KB 

In addition to the portrait layout shown above, the issue tracker also showed a screenshot displaying the issue above when in landscape mode:

Android "L" Leak Quantum Paper

Both screenshots come in at 1280×768 resolution and feature software navigation keys, which means that this is likely a Nexus 4. In the screenshots, Chrome Browser isn’t shown to be running full screen, which jives with earlier rumors of a redesigned cards-based multitasking system, and the app itself also features Quantum Paper-like design elements.

Also of note in these screenshots is a big L icon, which is likely the tentative USB debugging symbol for the upcoming L release. In addition, there is a silenced alarm icon, whcih likely indicates some kind of built-in quiet hours functionality. Finally, it appears as if Android L will do away with KitKat’s status bar gradient in favor of a flatter look.

What are your thoughts on these unintentionally discovered screenshots? Are you a fan of this potential new look, or do you think that the move towards this cards UX metaphor is less than ideal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

[Many thanks to everyone who sent in the reddit link!]


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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