The release of a preview version of the next version of Android – Android L – has set in motion a very promising new way for Google to seek out and destroy bugs before a full launch of a new version is released to the wider Android community. Google Developer Rich Hyndman has spoken about the Android L Preview in a Dev.Bytes video released on the Google Developers YouTube channel.
The video takes you through some of the features included in the L Preview. The L Preview is of course available from the developer.android.com/preview website for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013).
The video focuses on some of the more flashier big name features of the Android L Preview :
- Material Design (which replaces Holo)
- ART (Android RunTime) including 64-bit support
- Project Volta
- New UI elements
- Camera APIs
- Connectivity which includes updates to Bluetooth LE
It’s an interesting video for developers to get a quick look at the L Preview. Very much worth a watch :
Developer Michael Panzer saw the video and shared it on Google+ asking if we would be seeing any updates for the Android L Preview. Host of the Dev.Bye and Googler Rich Hyndman actually replied on that thread :
So, apparently there won’t be any updates to the Android L Preview, at least in the short term.
It would be certainly beneficial for Google to fully adopt an iOS like approach of releasing incremental updates to the next version of Android as we approach the official launch date. But, this is Google’s baby, they have however responded fairly well to public criticism and suggestions in the past. Until we see new images available however, it’s best not to hold your breath.