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What's in the next version of Android (aka L)? All this stuff

Google took the time to explain a few of the major features we'll come to love in the next version of Android — still known only as "L" — during this morning's Google I/O keynote, but there were a great many that didn't quite make the nearly-three-hour address. They did, however, make it onto a slide during the presentation.

Here, now, is everything listed on that slide:

  • Burst-mode camera APIs
  • H.265
  • NDK media APIs TV input framework
  • Low latency audio recording audio patch panel
  • Improved AV sync
  • USB audio
  • Cast receiver hardware assisted hot word
  • ART
  • 64-bit trusted execution environment
  • Volta
  • Improved battery stats, predicted time remaining
  • Battery historian
  • Time to charge time on lock screen
  • JobScheduler
  • Multi-network
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • BLE central & peripheral modes
  • HFP 1.6 SAP
  • Multi HFP
  • Map Email
  • Open GL ES 3.1 & Android Extension Pack
  • Personal unlocking
  • Enterprise
  • Lock to app APIs
  • Document-centric multi-tasking
  • Lockscreen notifications
  • Heads-up notifications
  • Do not disturb
  • New quick settings
  • Phone rotation lock
  • Improved game controller support
  • Closed caption
  • Color inversion
  • Color space correction
  • Improved text rendering
  • Material theme
  • Activity transitions
  • View shadows
  • View elevation
  • RecycleView
  • CardView
  • Path animations
  • Color extractor
115 Comments
  • Dang! Posted via Android Central App
  • The note 3 had burst mode already right? And will it get ART in an update? Posted via Android Central App
  • Burst mode was from Samsung Posted via Android Central App
  • Shame that any or most of these features will not come to the LG G2 :( Posted via Android Central App
  • How do you know that for sure? Posted via Android Central App
  • I have a feeling that the G2 will definitely get 5.0. It's a very popular phone. Posted from my BLU Life Pure XL :)
  • Root, install custom recovery and you'll have it next week. Well.....maybe not next week. Posted via Android Central App
  • Haha, but a lot sooner than usual though! Brought to you by the Nexus M8
  • Three quarters of the list is in Chinese... Don't know what anything is
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm won over. Without any reservations. Also, USB audio! It's about damn time. Google delivered today. Posted via Android Central App
  • What is USB audio good for?
  • I'm wondering the same. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'll be 3rd with that I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • charging docks ... and may be in car audio
  • It bypasses the digital audio processor on your device. This is useful if you want to use an external DAP, like to connect directly to your car stereo through USB or for recording programs for musicians.
  • Basically it allows access via USB/USB-OTG to USB audio devices like Mics, Speakers, and high-quality DAPs. This is necessary for any good Audio manipulation on the Android OS. So far, app makers that wanted such abilities had to code the drivers themselves and build them into their apps(like this one: https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... ). Coding drivers from scratch and supporting them is cost prohibitive for most Devs, causing iOS devices to surge ahead of Android in this app category.
  • Higher fidelity audio.
  • Allows apps to send the digital audio data out over the USB, rather than "rendering" the audio internally and then sending out that stream. Similar to the difference between using an S-Video cable (HQ analog signal) and HDMI cable (pure digital signal) in your home theater.
  • So, in theory, I could pay Spotify in my car through the USB port? In the same way that it can currently be played via AUX or BT?
  • yes
  • Not so much for the USB port that may be in your car, more for the one on the phone. You could plug in a single USB cord to your phone, that would provide both power and audio output (higher quality than BT audio). You would still probably use your car's aux in Port.
  • With the upcoming Android Auto initiative, this will probably be used to play audio to car stereos, using the USB connection. Some car stereos also have USB ports with the capability now. My JBL car stereo will actually do this with iOS devices.
  • USB audio was the first thing I noticed. I hope they implement it universally on all Android devices. The purpose is to use an external USB DAC so that you can bypass the internal DAC on the phone, which can improve the quality of the audio.
  • Didn't we already have this too an extent tho? I've seen more than a few DAC that claim Android support? Is it like native now rather than requiring 3rd party apps/drivers or something?
  • Card View? I wonder if this is similar to WebOS cards? If so, I'd prefer that over the current method of switching between / discarding current apps. David
  • I thought the same thing.
  • It's just the cards UI like in google now. But available for all developers through an official API
  • :-(
  • OK man...bury webOS already! Its gone! Well, unless you have an LG TV! Brought to you by the Nexus M8
  • Hey, WebOS had some great features. Just because it's long gone doesn't mean some of what it had going for it couldn't be implemented & improved on.
  • Maybe that's why he mentioned LG TV. :/ Posted via HTC One on Sprint
  • I wonder what happened to Android silver. Maybe there will be a New Nexus this year! Brought to you by the Nexus M8
  • There was very little chance that they were going to go into Silver at IO.
  • It's been branded as "Android One". Here: http://www.androidcentral.com/google-pitches-android-one-google-play-edi...
  • Except that the silver rumours pointed to high end devices... Posted via my sixth Sense HTC M8
  • Except for the Nexus that IS high end...lol. Just kidding...the Android One and Silver are two different things.
  • No Nexus. No Peace. Know Nexus. Know Peace.
  • This! That is deep! Brought to you by the Nexus M8
  • Yea, but that's for emerging markets. That solely to reach the next billion people. Android silver was rumored to be a Nexus replacement program. Brought to you by the Nexus M8
  • This is more software related, that is a whole new hardware platform. I would expect that later in the year
  • Whatever. If Android Silver does not come to life non of this will matter. I don't wanna be the only one walking around with a Nexus device. That's no fun.
  • Why does it matter that anyone else owns the phone you do? From my Moto X+1 running Android 5.0 in the world's worst dummy case
  • Your signature is hilarious.
  • Shoot. Sign me up. I feel like I'm the only one walking around the Nexus, and when people ask what kind of phone it is, it gives me a chance to "enlighten" them! Brought to you by the Nexus M8
  • This! Haha
  • That will be later in the year I would guess...
  • My hunch is that "L" is just the code name being used; the helps keep everyone guessing as to what the release name will be, etc. Winner of the OnePlus Storm of Invites contest thingy... °Sony XPERIA Z2 white
    °LG Optimus G Pro white
    °LG Optimus L70 black
  • I don't think they even know what the final release name is yet Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks Sherlock Posted via Android Central App on the Nexus 5
  • Its amazing how few people know about ART runtime being available on KitKat under developer settings Posted via Android Central App
  • What?! You're telling me many in the general public don't know about a "feature" that is hidden in the developer menu and not officially supported? SHOCKING!
  • Hahahah. I see your point. Most people dont even know what an operating system is Posted via Android Central App
  • Please do tell Posted via Android Central App on the Nexus 5
  • Don't forget removed on most Branded devices Your dumb if this makes you mad.
  • pretty sure thats wrong
  • No option for it on my Note 3. I checked. I've heard the same from other Samsung owners, so I believe at least Sammy is removing the option from their devices. It's also entirely possible that the carriers in the US are the ones removing it. Makes sense, since they don't want to deal with people changing the setting and then calling into their carrier's help desk complaining that their phone isn't working correctly.
  • ART is not available on the note 3 Posted via Android Central App
  • ART is only available on Nexus and Google Play devices running 4.4 and higher. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's available on the Galaxy S5 at the moment. Private more doesn't seem to work when it's enabled though.
  • I use ART on my Verizon Moto G
  • Would it be to much to ask for better battery saving without having to lose functions? I want stuff blazing on my nexus and still use very little juice. Everything else does not matter. I love my nexus and KK 4.4.4. Just save my juice when I turn the screen on. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's impossible. That's like saying "I want to drive my car at full speed but not use as much fuel as I currently use" performance will always suffer when saving power Posted via Android Central App
  • Not if you make the car more aerodynamic or the engine more efficient:)
  • Part of making them efficient slows them down. Posted via Android Central App
  • Ever wonder how a big ol 350 sucks down gas and makes less than half the horsepower of modern engines half the size Posted via Android Central App
  • Ah...but the torque.
  • I think you're all missing the point upgrading the car is out of the question. If we take that into account with a phone then we could just put in a bigger battery and problem solved. That's why upgrading in any way shape or form ruins the whole argument Posted via Android Central App
  • Aerodynamics does not.
  • What's a colour extractor? Posted via Android Central App
  • Simply put, it takes the color out of the phone Posted via Android Central App on the Nexus 5
  • It's probably the synopsized single color for an image. In the keynote video showing Google Now, there was a showing of a Gallery, each painting's card had a border/frame of a single color that sort-of matched the painting. Android Central might not have a snapshot up. Posted via Android Central App on my HP TouchPad (Schizoid PAC-ROM 4.2.2)
  • I was confused for a second when I read "Multi-metwork", until I realized it was a typo.
  • USB audio? I didn't think this could get any better. Also, I'm wondering why they didn't mention this during the Keynote. From my Moto X+1 running Android 5.0 in the world's worst dummy case
  • I take it apple will invent the smart watch in a month or 2,lol
  • Yea.....and also say how much better their users lives are who switched from Android Wear.... Brought to you by the Nexus M8
  • Ate they out of ideas or something? Posted via Android Central App
  • Sounds like Android is maturing even further to me. We're already at a point where these mobile devices are crazy powerful. Good to see Google add some "polish" to all the existing features, IMO.
  • I hope my Verizon galaxy nexus can mirror screen on chromcast.
  • Burst-mode camera APIs!!
  • Nothing in there about being able to block numbers? WTF, Google? Hopefully this will be apart of the do not disturb mode, or something.
  • I know this isn't being able to block a number but... On a nexus 5 anyway, there is a checkbox available under each contact number to send all calls directly to voicemail. As I says, isn't being able to block... But better than nothing, for now Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm running KitKat 4.4.3(slimkat rom) on my lgG2. In the call settings there is the option (blacklist) to block all the numbers that you put on the list, all private numbers, and all numbers not in your contact list. It's a great feature.
  • Unfortunately, I'm on a carrier-locked Moto X, which is a work phone where I need this the most, so custom roms aren't really an option :(
  • Avast has a block feature but its limited to a certain amount until you pay. Its worth a look though Posted via Android Central App
  • Check out "Mr Number" from the Play Store. Provides call block features, and even does an internet lookup for numbers not in your contact list so it can tell you if it's a telemarketer or bill collector or whatever before you answer the phone. https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • Mr Number can't block the 'you have won a free gift card' text messages with Android 4.4, so then you're forced to download TWO separate apps in order to have functionality that should've been there since v1.0. Perhaps when they get done with auto awesome and making the UI widgets do jumping jacks, they'll finally have time to put in this very basic feature.
  • Yeah, I saw in the description that it can no longer block SMS in 4.4. Maybe they'll find a way to fix that. Your carrier might have a "block" feature, too. I know Sprint does, but it requires you to log into your account and add a number to the list, which is not nearly as convenient as being able to do it from the device.
  • Hmm, that's good to know. I'm on AT&T... will look into it :)
  • Wow no HTML5 again :(
  • html5? like for the chrome app? or like webapps? that has been implemented for a while.
  • thanks for the reply i will check that i havent know that info
  • Low latency audio recording patch panel..... Let's see how well that works! :) Posted via Android Central App
  • The only thing I care about: can we install apps in the microSD again or not? If not, then to me the L will not stand for Lollipop nor Lime Pie, but for "Lame". And therefore I will keep using WP because at least there I can do that.
  • :O Posted via HTC One on Sprint
  • Are you perplexed WP can do something Android no longer can? Yeah. So was I when I was told the unfortunate news.
    Luckily I hadn't pressed the "buy" button on the Z1 Compact yet. And now it seems I'll keep not doing it...unless, of course, Sony starts shipping their phones with 32GB minimum with microSD.
  • I'm not perplexed. Sorry for the misinformed sarcasm. Posted via HTC One on Sprint
  • I wouldn't put money on Google ever bringing that feature back officially, since it reduces the performance if the device and they're trying hardcore to get away from the stigma that "Android is slow" because your average user doesn't understand what they're really doing when they move apps to the SD card.
  • My Gs5 already has burst mode camera, and heads up notification for incoming calls (only that though), plus power saving mode (not to mention UPSM), blocking mode. Still looking forward to "L" and the new card notifications and lockscreen notifications and new notification shade.... hopefully Sammy doesn't kill those features with TW!
  • You're right about your S5 having those features, but only because Samsung modified Android to include them. This is about getting those features built into Android itself, which will mean more devices have those features, and there will be less "modification" of Android by the OEM's which will (hopefully) mean faster updates.
  • so many people here attack people who comment logical things and lots of you reply saying things like ''wow nice work sherlock'' on things that 90% + never knew in an effort to make yourself look more knowledgeable. if you do that you are pathetic. stop trying to impress people. you are ruining this site
  • +1
  • Yet, we still don't have a stock way to show the battery percentage. I use the "kit kat battery % "hack"" app on the play store to enable a halfway decent one now but I wish that something basic such as this would show up. It's very annoying not knowing what my battery is on... (the kkb% app only really shows you below 50%). I know Galaxies and Sense 5+ has it as an option but I like the current half baked implementation on my Moto X. I don't want 10% of my status bar taken up by my battery percentage like they do.
  • Am i the only one immensely proud of how far android has come?
  • I don't know about "proud" since I didn't really have anything personally to do with it, but I definitely understand and agree with the sentiment :)
  • I was waiting for such thing as changing the whole look of the Android menu look thing, I am an owner of Note3 and the phone is a kick ass phone so i said they had to change the look of the menu and now it's coming with L Wounder if N3 will get it
  • The Note 3 will most likely get "L". It will barely be a year old when L comes out, and the carriers have all pretty much agreed to support devices for at least 18 months.
  • HELLO! (I just happen to get up at 4:52 A.M. this morning, and I MUST tell you; THIS MADE MY MORNING READING Android L (Lolipop): 5.0 !! ...) I am definitely fully awake! I'm trying to see if I could get the Android Preview SDK mentioned that is going to be at developer.android.com starting later today (Thank Goodness for that, that's for sure!)! I read three articles so far that happen to mention Android 5.0... I just recently happen to get a new smartphone near Early April, and I later found that Android 4.4 Kit Kat was what my operationing system happened to be running from (I thought it might have been one of Android's more main and general functioning ones were. After all,... It was even mentioned recently... It must'be been the one.) ...
    I like the 4.4 Kit Kat for what I need the busier aspects of my schedule supposedly, would probably need. ... But I read that features that will be anticipated on Android L will almost do it with a sense of "fluidity", AND almost seemingly totally "SWALLOW" up the more "bUSIER!" areas of my schedule (that would also conjunctionally, use a smartphone). I want to see if I could get Android Preview SDK at developer.android.com to see if I could symbolically stiill get it. I was told on my smartphone recently that when the update area would learn of the new material that would be released following Android KitKat, that they would automatically obtain it and put it over in the updates area of the Mobile phone ( It was a good bit of days before this report concerning Android "L", or "Lolipop", had been released. Oh, well! ... I sure wouldn't want some one to miss this ANDROID L debut! ... So, maybe if you'd have a few moments of time BEFORE your morning part of the day, would REALLY GET started; go over to the Android.com website, in its developer area of it and go check that out. Andrea L. **
  • Will it be available for nexus 4?? Posted via Android Central App
  • Still no camera RAW support and full manual controls. ;(
  • There was talk of bits of support for this being baked into (I think) 4.4, so it may still be part of the final OS release. Even if it's not, I'll bet some OEM's (or dev's) find a way to make this possible, assuming it's actually working when L is released.
  • Well, I guess iOS 8 required some kind of answer, but this is like slamming a nail with a sledgehammer. Go Android!
  • I for one am very pleased to see usb audio. But sadly the first thing that came to mind was Apple execs throwing hissy fits and filing another "you copied out product" lawsuits and all the ios sheeple slagging android off more than they already do.
    Props to Google for what's sounds like a great android update.
    Just hope the carriers don't drag the release out like usual.
    Posted via Android Central App
  • USB audio existed for years on PC before iOS, I doubt Apple would have a leg to stand on there.
  • What's "Document-centric multi-tasking"?? Is that code speak for apps like Chrome being able to split their tabs into multiple entries within the task switcher? I thought Andrew mentioned something like that in the L hands on video... Would be nice for other apps, but for Chrome it sounds horrible. I'm usually at 25+ tabs which would make a mess of my app switcher. Did you know Chrome's tab counter button turns into a happy face after 99 tabs btw? Keeps running amazingly well even at 150+ too (better than on some laptops even).