Android Nougat, the 14th release of the mobile operating system, marks a decade of Google’s foray into the smartphone industry. Nougat builds upon the drastic changes that Lollipop (Android 5.0) and Marshmallow (Android 6.0) introduced and championed, by focusing on user experience and convenience. The key areas that Nougat focuses on are notifications and multitasking with other improvements to virtual reality support and gaming performance.
Google I/O brought with it the latest preview release of Android, L and some new Android goodies such as Android Wear and Android TV. However, Google laid a special emphasis on interface design this year. It wanted interfaces to be scalable, imaginative and layered. So, it went forth and released a completely new design guideline for Android and Web alike and showcased the ‘paper and ink’ inspired, ‘Material Design‘ to the world.
About two weeks back, Google unveiled the latest and greatest of its mobile platform – Android. It has been touted as the biggest release in the history of Android by Google themselves, Android L brings many changes to the operating system, both cosmetic as well as functional to make this version of Android truly stand out. Google did the unthinkable and in a way similar to Apple, they released a developer preview of their new operating system for select Nexus devices. This preview image was intended for developers to test their apps and update them with the latest libraries and design language for more cohesiveness when the public build finally comes out sometime in October. I have been running this build for about a week now and this articles highlights my experience of using it so far. But first, here are the major changes Android ‘L’ brings over its predecessor Android Kitkat.