Google: New version of Android is called ‘L Preview’ for now

Posted Jun 25, 2014

Google Android head Sundar Pichai announced at the I/O conference that the next version of the Android mobile operating system is known as “L Preview” right now. The Android L Preview is based on “Material Design,” Which is an idea that pixels and interface elements reach to your touch intuitively, just like materials in the real world.

Developers can define the motion and depth in their apps to respond the way they want them as users interact with the interface. The L Preview interface is flatter in individual elements, but the interface as a whole shows more depth. The buttons have more subtle animations.

L is launching with over 5,000 new APIs and will be available for I/O attendees on development devices later today. The consumer release is expected this fall.