Eight-minute video shows next version of Android on Samsung's flagship phone
As we approach the anticipated launch window for Android L, it's not unexpected that major OEMs might have their hands on pre-release code for the next version of Google's OS. What's a little more unusual is seeing one of these unreleased builds being laid bare online, and that's exactly what we're seeing today courtesy of Samsung fansite SamMobile. And on the whole we're witnessing a surprisingly comprehensive overhaul of Samsung's TouchWiz UI, mostly thanks to Material Design.
The publication has published screenshots and video from Android L build LRW58J for the international Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F), showing some significant design changes to the TouchWiz UI reflecting Google's new Material Design language. In contrast to the dark teals shades of old, TouchWiz on Android L incorporates lighter colors — including a lot of white, surprising for a SuperAMOLED device due to the high battery consumption of that color.
Floating circular buttons are also present throughout the UI, and the new design language appears to have touched every corner of Samsung's software, including the Settings pane. The redesigned notification shade and lock screen are also present in this early L build, matching what we've seen in the earlier developer previews.
It's unclear how complete this build is at present; aside from a few performance hitches everything seems to function as expected in the video. SamMobile describes it as an "alpha" though, suggesting there's much work to be done before OTAs start rolling out. Nevertheless, it's a tantalizing look at a work-in-progress build of the next version of Android.
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