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Android ‘L’ Developer Preview

Last week at their I/O conference Google showcased the next major Android version.  In the ‘L’ Android release Google has completely redesigned the interface and how some base functionality will operate.  The new software version will be officially released this fall at a specific date TBD.

As a self-described Android fanatic, I couldn’t be happier with the changes and additions Google announced at their annual I/O conference last week.  I currently use a Nexus 5 so I was thrilled to see Google make the ‘L’ version of Android available as a developer preview for the first time.  There is so much that Google has changed that I couldn’t resist the temptation to try it out.

After a couple days of using Android ‘L’, I’m in love with the new “Material Design“.  Along with the preview Android build, Google provided extensive documentation around their new design framework.  This is the most striking design work that I’ve seen from Google in their history.  Material Design represents the first real emphasis on design and its affect on overall user experience.

To me, the most noticeable changes in the developer preview are to the way Android handles notifications and multitasking.  Notifications will now be presented in a card-like design.  Anyone who has used Google Now will feel comfortable with the new look of notifications.  In addition to the design, notifications will now be present on the lockscreen and will be immediately accessible.  As for multitasking, more cards that stack instead of the previous vertical list.  The recent apps cards are more condensed, but still just as quick to switch back and forth.

Alas, I had to revert to Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) due to stability issues.  These issues are to be expected.  After all, Android ‘L’ has only just been released in developer preview.  I look forward to seeing how the system will evolve with greater developer involvement than ever.

These other blogs have even better writeups of all the new features of Android ‘L’:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/26/5846824/android-L-preview-first-impressions-video-photos

http://lifehacker.com/updating-all-the-new-stuff-in-androids-l-release-prev-1595928268

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/25/io-2014-google-io-day-1-roundup-android-wear-android-l-android-tv-and-more/

Greg Stinton

Lead Web Software Developer
Center for REALTOR® Technology
National Association of REALTORS®

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Comments
  1. Fred D.

    Respectfully, instead of the continuous bias, promotional blogs from CRT regarding Google products, something regarding Real Estate Technology would be great. I can jump online and see google ads anything I want. I cannot however fain valuable tools into technology tools and trends for Realtors from google. Sorry, just speaking it the way it is. The google promotions are worthless and the google glass blog read like bragging rights ‘wee look at me! I have google glass!’.
    CRT is looked up to for tech advice, but it never comes, and you sir, have the gavel and could do some much good with your blogs!.

    I am honestly not trying to be rude or insulting, but the buck stops at NAR, and CRT being the tech division for NAR could sure help Realtors, whilst google, I am afraid albeit one of the world’s three leading tech corps, technology innovate, does not sell houses or streamline brokerage workflow.

    Please keep the blogs coming, but please share your knowledge of technology in regards to the housing market and Realtor practices.

  2. Greg Stinton

    Appreciate the comment. The article represents my personal feelings about Android and the developer preview. We at the CRT strive to cover a vast array of technology topics and mobility is always a popular topic.

    According to our recently published technology survey, 93% of respondents use some form of smartphone. Of those respondents 36% use an Android phone. This post should serve as a quick glance at what’s to come for those using or soon to be using Android devices.

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