The latest iteration of Android, the yet unnamed Android L, officially announced by Google earlier this year in June at it’s I/O developer conference. Since then, Android device manufacturers have been openly committing to update their flagship devices to the much anticipated Android L. However, there has yet to be any word from Samsung on device updates.
That is until now; according to some of SamMobile’s inside sources, the Galaxy Note 4 and the S5 are looking to be the first devices in Samsung’s arsenal to get the update. The Android L update should come by late November or early December. Keeping with Samsung’s update track record, that would mean that we can expect the update to come to Malaysia sometime in December, hopefully before Christmas.
The Android L update will bring with it a slew of new improvements for the Android Operating System. One of the more interesting updates which Google has announced is Project Volta which promises to extend battery life significantly. In addition, Android L also brings with it a whole new design language which Google’s designers call “Material Design”. This redesign of Android and its implementation as the design standard for Android was recently awarded an UX award for best contribution to user experience. The new version of Android also brings with it a change in the supported architecture in Android from the Dalvik System to the new Android Runtime (ART) in addition to support for 64-bit processing.
It will be interesting to see how Material Design and Android L impact Samsung’s design choices for its TouchWiz User Interface which ranks among one of the more polarising user experiences.