At the I/O Developers Conference, Google took the opportunity to unearth several new products, and among them was Android L, the next major release of the company’s flagship mobile OS. Much was made at the time, and since, of the so-called ‘Material Design’ that would see the the interface overhauled from the ground up with layering and other effects helping to make the operating system feel more alive and active. The UI, it was also said, would be a lot more clean, and below, you can catch a pretty decent glimpse of how some of the search company’s own apps like apps like YouTube, Gmail and Maps may eventually look.
Of course, given that Android L is still very much a work in progress, it would be naive to suggest that anything that can be dug up at this point in time is necessarily representative of the finished article. However, the folks at Ars Technica have done some digging and piled together a dossier of visual evidence based on leaks and Material Design guidelines from Google, and as you can see, there’s plenty to go on even at this point.
With iOS 8 also arriving later on in the year, we’re very keen to see what Google has in store, and although these images are only to be used as a guideline, it’s fair to say that Android L will be among the most significant updates that the OS has seen in its time.
After Project Butter with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – a point at which Google well and truly upped its game in the ongoing battle with Apple’s iOS – the focus on seamlessness this time around should see the user experience once again taken to new heights, and having checked these mockups out, you’re probably as eager as us to test out the finished version.
Although, naturally, Sundar Pichai stopped short of offering any release dates, it’s fairly safe to presume that we’ll be seeing Android L at some point in the fall, and as and when we encounter any further tidbits relating to this release, we’ll be sure to have all of the details covered right here at Redmond Pie.
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