Matias Duarte talks Material Design

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Google’s Vice President of Design Matias Duarte sat down with Gizmodo to discuss the thinking behind Material Design. Material Design is the theme that will debut in Android L and is available to be previewed as part of the Android Developer L Preview.

Material Design came out of the mindset that Google wanted to create something that would work for all screen sizes like smartwatches, cars, the TV, and even Chromebooks / laptops. So you can see, it isn’t just about Android phones and tablets anymore. Matias said, “We wanted it to be a design system that anybody can use to really express their brand and their identity and their needs and capabilities.”


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HTC “plans” to update its flagship devices (M8 and M7) within 90 days of receiving Android L from Google

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So now that Android “L” has been officially announced (although we do have some big questions about it, still — including its real name), everyone is of course wondering when it’ll arrive on their devices after its released in the fall.

Well HTC doesn’t want to keep its customers waiting. The company has already updated its official upgrade process page with a note for all HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) owners, seen after the break.


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Google details what’s new in Android L preview, including new design language, performance improvements, and security features

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Google has finally taken the wraps off of what’s new in their Android L preview. You’ll see a new Material Design language that they’ve been hinting at with app releases over the past few weeks and other under-the-hood tweaks, including better graphics and battery performance, security enhancements, and ART becoming the standard runtime moving forward. This new preview comes with 5,000 new APIs for developers, full 64-bit support, and some new tools for web developers, to boot.
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Google issues Android 4.4.3 update for Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE

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While many Nexus devices are already receiving Android 4.4.4, Google is making sure one of its tablets don’t fall too far behind. The Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE is receiving Android 4.4.3. Google has posted the factory images and binaries, ready for your consumption. We do not know how far behind Android 4.4.4 is for this tablet, but we would have to assume it will not be to long. Just hit the links below to grab everything as the over-the-air (OTA) update has yet to go live.

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Sundar Pichai confirms Google will preview next version of Android tomorrow with a fall release

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In the past, major versions of Android have come in the fall rather than at other times of the year. Even at Google I/O, the company only introduces much smaller updates compared to the fall. Tomorrow, that changes. Sundar Pichai, Android and Chrome’s leading man, tells Businessweek that he wants “the world to understand what we are doing sooner.” Google is going to show what is has in store with Android ‘L’ tomorrow and launch in later this year. Along with this, Android Wear and presumably Android TV are on the table for showtime tomorrow.

This follows Apple’s pattern of introducing an update months prior to its release. Android and iOS will receive updates and fight for supremacy with consumers this fall with a slew of new features and user interface changes.

Source: Businessweek

Screenshots belonging to Android ‘L’ surface from Chromium Issues Tracker

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In less than twenty-four hours, we will be introduced to the next version of Android. It is now completely safe to assume that it will be Android ‘L’ thanks to the screenshot above that appeared on the Chromium Issues Tracker.

In the status bar, you see an ‘L’ representing the version of Android. Also, the time typically reflects the version of Android being run. And here we have the time as 5:28, meaning that Android 5.0+ will be given to Android ‘L’.


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Google adding native “help page” interface on its Android apps

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If you’ve ever needed to go to the “help” section in an Android app by Google, your usual course of action would be to head to the hamburger menu on the left side of the screen, and click on the “Help” tab. Once you tap on it, you are directed to a web page.

It’s a bit old-fashioned to be directed to a web page from an app, and it’s especially old-fashioned if Google is the company that developed the app. In an effort to update things, Google will soon direct users to a native help page within both the Google Wallet and YouTube applications.


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Sudden arrival of Android 4.4.4 pushes Motorola DROID line (2013) update 3-5 weeks

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Originally, the Motorola DROID line (2013) was set to receive Android 4.4.3 shortly after that version was announced. But due to a security vulnerability that was patched in Android 4.4.4, the company had to wait for the latest version of Android. David Schuster, a member on Motorola’s Software Product Management team, provided the explanation on Google+. Motorola took Android 4.4.4 to work on and it is is now expected that the software update will arrive in about 3-5 weeks.

Hit the break for Schuster’s full post.
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