Android L (lollipop?) – What do we know?

Apple has recently released its latest and greatest (literally!) iPhone, along with a brand new operating system called iOS 8 (that has already gone through a buggy update and a series of apologies from the creator). If you have imagined that Google will just stand aside and watch, you were wrong – it prepares its latest operating system upgrade, called Android L (and the L probably stands either for Licorice, or – more probably – for Lollipop).

Let’s see what we think we know about the latest Android operating system.

First of all, Google always releases its new operating systems with a new hardware platform to support them (much like Apple does, by the way). For this year it prepares a new mobile phone (the Nexus 6) and a new tablet (the Nexus 9) for its fans, and judging by the increasingly frequent leaks, these will be released pretty soon. The Nexus 5 was released on October 31st last year, and it came with the latest Android release (back then), KitKat. This year everybody expects a similar schedule. Some sources speak of mid-October, around the 15th or the 16th, as the probable release date for the new Nexus. We will have to wait and see.

The new Android version will only be available for a handful of devices on its release, and will be rolled out for older devices in a few weeks. Motorola has already confirmed that its latest release, the Moto X, will get the Android L update early, while Samsung users will probably have to wait longer (and the waiting will be even longer for those using lesser brands).

The most important update people are expecting from Android L is Project Volta, a feature set that will allow developers to build much more battery friendly apps. According to early tests, Android L has saved 36% more power than its predecessor. The secret behind the new OS’ power saving excellence is its increased efficiency – a more efficient use of the processing unit, housekeeping and the others.

Android L will come with an extra layer of protection, getting rid of the swiping on the screen or typing a pin to unlock the phone at the same time. According to rumors, the new Android will know where it is, and safely unlock based on nearby Bluetooth devices or even the voice prints of people around it.

Android L will be the first Google mobile operating system to support 64 bit hardware. This time it’s Google who follows Apple’s lead – the fruity provider has introduced 64 bit processing with its A7, launched in the iPhone 5. The new Android will make good use of the extra processing power of the 64 bit CPUs, improving the devices’ performance (especially in gaming). So, if you plan to view the latest casino bonus offers at or drive around in Need for Speed, the L will help you do it.

The release date of the new Android OS is drawing close. There will be no room for rumors very soon.

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