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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 23, 2014

Android L to Be Called Lemon Meringue Pie After All?

Android L's official release is growing closer with each passing day. But despite how close we are to its official release, two preview releases, and a limited source code release, we still know relatively little about Google's next OS. The codename still remains unknown, and this has lead to quite a bit of speculation regarding the next sweet treat to emerge from Google's Android bakery. One thing is known: It will start on the letter L. Lollipop, Lion, Lemon Pie...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 8, 2014

Android L Preview Images Updated! CyanogenMod 11 M9 Released with Support for Xperia Z2 and HTC M8 – XDA Developer TV

The Android L developer preview images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 have been updated!! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of CyanogenMod 11 Milestone 9 being available for supported devices and be sure the check out the article talking about bringing Android Aut- like functionality to your device with Digital Car! That's not all that's covered in...

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egzthunder1 · Jul 24, 2014

Immersive Mode on Unrooted Devices with GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode

Everyone likes screen real estate--no question about that. The sole idea of having more space available for your clutter of icons, widgets, and so on is what has fueled phone manufacturers to come up with screens so large that they barely fit in our pockets anymore. We do, however, always look for more, and one sure thing that many people could (and do) away with are the soft buttons (for devices with no hardware buttons) and the status bar. There are...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 18, 2014

HenryMP Gives Apollo Music Player a Material Design Makeover

The recently unveiled Android L has changed quite a few things related to user experience, as well as some interface design nuances. Google presented its new design language, Material Design, which will soon replace the good old Holo in the majority of future applications. Material Design is currently available only on Android L, and some lucky testers can try it out on the Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7 (2013). Developers have quite a bit of homework to do, as apps will eventually need to be...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 18, 2014

Nexus 5 Receives Android 4.4.4_R2? XDA Root Directory, DevCon Speaker Updates – XDA Developer TV

Live from New York, its the XDA News Update hosted by Jordan Keyes! Ok, so maybe it's not live, but Jordan does review all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of the Nexus 5 receiving Android 4.4.4_R2 in selected countries and be sure the check out the announcement of the XDA Root Directory! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on  XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 14, 2014

Android L Ported to HTC One M7, Proposed Android L Features Under Consideration – XDA Developer TV

Android L Developer Preview has been ported to HTC One! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is how Google may consider changing the SD Card access rules in final Android L and the story about enabling Chromecast mirroring from Any Device! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 11, 2014

Android L Developer Preview Ported to HTC One

With each passing day, we grow closer and closer to the eventual release of Android L. We could just sit around, waiting for Google to release the source code and system images, but waiting for an official release is far from being fun. XDA members love porting fun, and custom ROM development provides the required dose. The Android L port for the Google Nexus 4 was more or less expected, and came relatively shortly after Google released the developer preview images for the N5 and N7-2013. Not...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 10, 2014

Google Considering Customizable Quick Settings for Android L

Quick--without thinking too much, come up with a short list of your five to ten favorite features found in custom ROMs. Chances are, one of these is the ability to customize your Quick Settings toggles. I'd even be willing to argue that for most people this is near or at the top of the list--aside from root access, of course. Just two days ago, we talked about how Google was considering the possibility of changing the way external SD cards are...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 8, 2014

Google to Consider Changing SD Card Access Rules in Final Android L Release

With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google introduced a few changes that impacted the way in which SD cards are handled. As a result, user-installed applications are not longer allowed to access the entirety of your SD card partition. Instead, user-installed apps running on KitKat are only given full access to files and folders of their own creation. The change in SD card behavior in KitKat was a very deliberate one--and one which was aimed at improving both security and overall SD card...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 7, 2014

Nexus 4 Gets Android L Port, Jolla Phone Launcher Ported to Android 4.2+ – XDA Developer TV

Android L has been ported to the Nexus 4! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of OmniROM landing on the Sony Z Ultra GPe. And in other porting news, the Jolla Phone Launcher has been ported to Android devices! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on...

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Faiz Malkani · Jul 6, 2014

Nexus 4 Users, It’s L-Preview Time

  During the I/O 2014 keynote, Google unveiled Android L. Shortly thereafter, the Developer Preview was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013, leaving owners of other Nexus devices with just screenshots and second hand impressions. Then, a glimmer of hope came as Google released the GPL mandated code for currently supported Nexus devices. All eyes then turned towards the development community. Would they come through with a port? Sure enough, expectations were met and XDA Senior Members sykopompos and defconoi came through with a port of the...

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 4, 2014

HTC Roadmap for Android L and 4.4.4 Updates Leaked! SuperSU Updated to Support Android L Preview – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.4 roadmap from HTC for their device updates has been leaked! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of SuperSU being updated to root Android L developer preview. Also be sure the check out the story talking about what the Android L developer preview really is and what it all means! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 3, 2014

Browse the New AOSP Code Commits in Android L Developer Preview

It's been just one week since Google introduced Android L to the world at the Google I/O 2014 opening keynote. In the time since, we've gotten our hands on the developer preview release and even managed to root it. Then in a surprising move, Google decided to open source part of the Android L codebase in limited capacity. We don't yet have the complete L source code, and likely won't until its official release in the Fall. However, the fine folks over at FunkyAndroid have...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jul 3, 2014

Make Your Current OS Match the Android L Style with Xposed

Unquestionably, many have grown to like Android L since its official unveiling. Since then, we've seen users come up with random application ports, ringtones, and other goodies from Google's latest work in progress OS. We are all waiting for the official release, so why not give our current OS builds some of L's graphical style? Not too long ago, we talked about a theme that changes your UI to look like that in Android L. Unfortunately, however, this only works on ROMs with CyanogenMod's...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 1, 2014

Limited Android L Developer Preview Source Code Now Available, Support for Current Nexus Devices

Update: As pointed out by XDA Forum Member a3361035 in the comments below, this isn't a complete release just yet. Rather, these are just a few GPL projects for the L-Preview release, and not a full platform update. __ As we mentioned earlier today, the Android L Developer Preview is exactly that--a developer preview. However, many users understandably want to taste the future of Android today. As such, quite a few Nexus 5 and 7 owners have ventured to install the Android L...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 1, 2014

Don’t Expect Developers to Update Apps for Material Design Just Yet

During the Google I/O 2014 opening keynote, we caught our first glimpses of the radically different Android L. And when Google made an early developer preview available, many end users went ahead and installed L on their own devices. Unfortunately though, intrepid users were quick to find that the developer preview didn't feature all of the UI goodies that we saw in the Android Design Guidelines and event keynote. While part of the disconnect between expected and actualized features is due to the incomplete nature of the developer preview,...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 1, 2014

SuperSU 2.01 Lets You Root the Android L Developer Preview the Right Way

Last week during the Google I/O 2014 opening keynote, Google unveiled the much anticipated and radically different Android L release. The very next day, Google made an early developer preview available for users to get an early taste of what L will eventually be like. Many end users rocking the Google Nexus 5 or 7 ended up flashing this update, and this in turn lead users to want to root the update. But unfortunately, SuperSU was not yet compatible with Android...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 30, 2014

Android 4.4.4 Hits More GPe Devices, Rooting Android L On Nexus 5 and 7, Nexus Line Not Going Away! – XDA Developer TV

Android L developer preview for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) can now be rooted! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is Android 4.4.4 hitting more Google Play edition devices and there is an article about how the Nexus line is not going away! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure the check out the other videos released...

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Tomek Kondrat · Jun 30, 2014

Change Your Navigation Bar to Look Like Android L with Xposed

Android L is a big thing. And in many ways, it's perhaps the biggest release since Ice Cream Sandwich, as it brings tons of new API and end user changes under the hood. Android L is already available to download as a developer preview for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) users, and it should be ready for the public in the Fall. But in the meantime, you can enjoy bits and pieces from the developer preview ported to other devices with KitKat, Jelly Bean,...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 29, 2014

Leaked HTC Update Roadmap Shows Android 4.4.4 Rollout Starting in July, Android L Under Evaluation

While quite a few of us here on XDA have long since forgotten about OEM firmwares and updates in favor of aftermarket development efforts, many still prefer the additional value-added features found in stock-based ROMs. And for those who remain on stock or stock-derived firmware, it's always nice to have an idea about upcoming Android releases. Thanks to famed leaker and XDA Recognized Contributor llabtoofer, we now have a better idea of HTC's upcoming update roadmap for several devices including the HTC One M8...

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