Android L is closer to release than ever and now we even have access to a 64-bit emulator image destined to Intel’s x86 architecture. The Native Developer Kit (NDK) is now updated to revision 10b and developers can start getting their apps ready for devices that roll on Intel’s 64-bit chips.
Recently, Intel has been working on promoting its architecture to Android developers (they released emulator images with Google APIs for KitKat and partnered with various game developers) and it appears that Intel and Google are working on strengthening their relationship, which can only mean that in the near future we will see more Atom/ Bay Trail chipsets.
The available NDK is destined to native apps and those with Java will not be compatible.
A recent Android L build was freshly seen on Chromium issue tracker and it seems it has new status icons and tweaked navigation features. The UI seems more refined, especially in the Bluetooth settings screen.
Some of the visual changes in Android L are the status and navigation bars which look more solid and bold. The navigation buttons are more spaced and smaller, and the top is accompanied by a usual clock with a bolder Roboto icon. In the video below you can see Android L running on a Nexus 5 and you can draw your own conclusions as you watch.
These are still just details that can change until the final release of the OS. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long before we can try the official Android L release!
Google is trying to release the most stable Android version yet, and L just seems to be that thanks to the early access given to third party developers and enthusiasts who work day and night to find and fix all sorts of bugs. Issues seem to be reported each day and, two weeks after the last big update, 18 more bugs are marked as fixed.
Among the usual fixes we can find protocols related to wireless and networking, visual tweaks and sensor-related problems. The interrupted tethering (Bluetooth, WiFi and USB) issue seems to be fixed along with issues regarding routing traffic through proxy servers. Among the fixed issues are Firefox crashes and WebView app crashes when Bluetooth permissions are set and virtual keyboard issues. You can find the detailed list HERE.
At the current time there are around 1100 reported bugs found on Android L’s dedicated issue tracker. Of those, around 60 have been fixed so far and a bit over 200 are marked closed, done, invalid or “wontfix” for certain reasons.
It seems that the much rumored Nexus 6 is closer to becoming exposed than ever. AndroidPolice says they have new information regarding the Google device, information that confirms recent rumors and leaks. The newest Google smartphone will have a 5.9” screen as previously stated, and, if we take the information we have for granted it really is the Motorola Shamu we previously told you about.
Liam Spradlin has created a rendered image which shows the new device in all its splendor and it really can’t be that far from reality, right? The device looks like a bigger Moto X similar to other rendered photos found online. Nexus 6 has front speakers and its power and volume buttons are located on the side of the device.
Under the hood you will find a quad-core Snapdragon 805 64-bit Chipset running at 2.7 GHz accompanied by dual-channel 800 MHz 64-bit LPDDR3 RAM. This means that the device is almost 40% faster and better when it comes to GPU performance and memory bandwidth.
It seems that the smartphone will have a 13 MP OIS shooter on the back with a dual-flash ring configuration while the front snapper has a 2 MP sensor. The 5.9” screen has a QHD resolution at 496ppi. It will come equipped with Android L (possibly renamed Android 5.0).
The device is powered by a potent 3200+ mAh batteryaccompanied by the turbo charger feature which allows super-fast charging – Motorola claims 15 minutes of charging represent 8 full hours of continuous usage.
Most standard apps have revamped icons, including Play Store, Gmail and the Play Apps or Google. The new status icons for cell signal, battery and WiFi are solid and a bit changed for the recent release.
Some media outlets now ponder over the fact that Shamu really could be Nexus 6 or Google may keep a smaller device under wraps altogether.
Project ARA is making progress and its next step seems to be using a modified version of Android L which supports hot-swapping all modules except for the Screen and CPU ones. Google is trying to make the impossible possible and does not give its LEGO smartphone project go away. New details were released recently by project head Paul Eremenko who says the module can be taken apart while it is active.
Project ARA is, in essence, the perfect phone made out of modules you can add or replace as you want. Those who want a better camera, a better screen or more storage space and add better modules can give up other modules which represent features they don’t usually need.
Eremenko says that Ara will function on a modified Android L version which enables modular hardware to be used and interchanged. The device should allow module swapping while the phone is running – only the CPU and screen cannot be exchanged in this instance. RAM can’t be changed all at once and the main storage will not be able to be swapped while the device is running either.
In order to make project Ara reality, Google is working with Linaro, an open source engineering firm, to design the Android version needed by the device. It appears that modules will be sold in online stores where customers will be able to create the phone they want as they go. The first working version of the Ara device could be shown in December, at a dev conference, and the product may become viable on the market in 2015.
Nexus 9 is closer to reality than ever and, even if we don’t know exactly when it will launch yet, we do know that the newest Google tablet is made by HTC! The device could be revealed on October 16th, but that’s only speculation so far; the fact is that the device is confirmed by officials and some leaked hardware specs make it a wanted handset already!
Rumored hardware construction:
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Denver 64-bit processor
9” IPS LCD 1920x1200p resolution screen
32 GB storage space
MicroSD up to 128 GB
8 MP Sony back camera
1.6MP front camera.
If you find the specs similar to something, but you don’t know what yet, we shall reveal that the specs are similar to NVIDIA SHIELD tablets.
The tablet will most probably have frontal speakers with BoomSound tech and a keyboard folio could be included in the business plan as well.
It is possible that the new tablet will be officially announced by Google on October 16th, on the official Android L release event. Don’t forget about the Nexus 6 smartphone either, as it is bound to come from Motorola sooner or later.