Motorola Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9, and Android L to be Unveiled Tomorrow?


We know that rumors can grow tiresome after a while, and there have certainly been quite a few surrounding the upcoming Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9 releases. Now, there’s a new set of rumors that place both of these releases, as well as the official release of Android L, tomorrow.

The plot thickens after Forbes magazine announced that Google will release at least one of its devices tomorrow or Thursday (October 16), which means that we may likely be only hours away from seeing both of these devices in action. Earlier today, we also saw mentions about the next codename, Licorice, and the sculpture makers are now preparing a place for the upcoming figure. According to Forbes’s source, the new Nexus . . . READ ON »

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Will Android L Be Called Licorice?


Google’s lawn sculptures have become quite famous over the course of Android’s existence. They visually represent a particular Android version’s logo, and after they are erected, Google usually announces the official name of the corresponding OS version. The company that makes sculptures for Google, v, has begun some maintenance work and will more than likely place a new figure for Android L very soon. It seems that the newest Android won’t be called Lemon Meringue Pie like we once thought. According to Giovanni Calabrese and his teases, the Android L will stand for Licorice.

Calabrese mentioned licorice multiple times on Google+. He mentioned traveling with boxes of licoric. . . READ ON »


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Motorola Nexus 6 “Shamu” Goes through CPU-Z


A rather important moment for Android fans is about to pass. Android L will soon be released and the new, rumored Motorola Nexus 6 is perhaps the hottest topic of the last few weeks. Every day brings some new information and leaks regarding the new phablet device from Google. The latest leaks from the popular benchmark application CPU-Z give us a deeper insight about hardware and software specifications of the device codenamed shamu.

The device will ship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC, which features a 2.65GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU and Adreno 420 GPU. Combined with 3 GB or RAM, this SoC achieves an admirable score of 3199 points in the app’s benchmark–in other words, more than the iPhone 6 a. . . READ ON »

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Google to Release a New Android L Preview Very Soon


Google has sent some clear signals that a new developer preview of Android L might be right around the corner. There has been some recent activity in the issue tracker that might indicate that this new release will be available for download very soon. After analyzing the tracker, we can say that Google’s focused on fixing things rather than adding new functions like the highly requested custom Quick Settings seen in custom ROMs.

The number of issues is still overwhelming, since the tracker has over one thousand entries with bug reports and feature requests. Among many fixes (they are still ongoing) we can see some refinements in the networking, sensor, and visual departments. The mos. . . READ ON »


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Project Ara: Modified Android L and Hot Swapping


Project Ara is a very exciting topic–both for hardware and software enthusiasts. The modular smartphone idea looks like a mission impossible, but Google is determined to make it a reality pretty soon. Paul Eremenko from Project Ara team has shed some lights on the project’s status and we now know that Ara will have a modified version of Android L on board.

It was pretty easy to predict that Google would select Android as the operating system for Ara. The more interesting part is that users will be able to replace some elements of the device without powering off the phone (i.e. they will be hot swappable). The only exceptions are CPU and display, for obvious reasons. It remains unknown whether t. . . READ ON »

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Android M Mentions Spotted in Android Code Review


While we are still waiting for Android L to be officially released, the first mentions of Android M have been spotted in the Android Code review discussion group. Google looks to be continuing its Android naming scheme, and M seems to be the future successor for the yet unnamed Android L.

Android L was officially announced at the Google I/O 2014 Keynote, which took place back in June. The official release date and even the full codename remain unknown, but multiple reports claim that we should expect Android L in less than one month.

The functionality discussed in the code review link above may be useful for developers. Google developers have been discussing the possibility of adding the colored output for Logca. . . READ ON »

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Flyme OS Ported to the Google Nexus 5, Android L Will Have Default Data Encryption – XDA Developer TV


Flyme OS has been ported to the Google Nexus 5! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of Android L having Data Encryption turned on by default and be sure the check out the article talking about how to compile your own kernel! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Newcomer droidmodd3rx released a video reviewing the WowWee MiP. Then Newcomer Jared showed you some great battery saving tricks. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nv. . . READ ON »

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Android L Will Have Data Encryption Turned On by Default


Android L, once it is eventually released, will feature data encryption turned on by default. This information has been revealed by Niki Christoff, spokeswoman for Google. And in doing so, the Mountain View company is joining Apple in the battle for user privacy and security.

Data encryption is nothing new in Android, as it has been available on certain Android devices since 2011. With the upcoming Android L release, which should happen next month, Google will add procedures to make the encryption automatic. This means that only those users who enter the device password will be able to listen to music, watch videos, or see the pictures on the device when it is connected to a computer or accessed ma. . . READ ON »

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Try Out the Android L Lock Screen on Your Device

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Android L is shaping up to be one of the most important releases of Google’s ever so popular mobile OS. Many components have been rewritten, and the OS has gone 64-bit. Some system applications designed specifically for the latest developer preview version of Android L also work on previous versions, but the majority of them need to be ported. You can get some from the system dump that we talked about a few weeks ago.

The recently announced Material Design UI paradigm changes the look and feel of the OS greatly, and many design elements have to be rewritten from scratch. One of elements that was totally reworked is the lock screen. The one available in Android L is totally different from the lo. . . READ ON »

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