A visual history of Android
From The Verge:
With the release of Android 4.4 — KitKat — on Google’s new Nexus 5 smartphone, we wanted to take a look back through the years at how Andy Rubin’s brainchild has evolved into the industry titan that it is today. What’s changed? What has (sometimes stubbornly) stayed the same?
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Evolution of Nexus.
The Nexus 5.
- Burst-mode camera APIs
- NDK media APIs TV input framework
- Low latency audio recording audio patch panel
- Improved AV sync
- USB audio
- Cast receiver hardware assisted hot word
- 64-bit trusted execution environment
- Improved battery stats, predicted time remaining
- Battery historian
- Time to charge time on lock screen
- Bluetooth 4.1
- BLE central & peripheral modes
- HFP 1.6 SAP
- Multi HFP
- Map Email
- Open GL ES 3.1 & Android Extension Pack
- Personal unlocking
- Lock to app APIs
- Document-centric multi-tasking
- Lockscreen notifications
- Heads-up notifications
- Do not disturb
- New quick settings
- Phone rotation lock
- Improved game controller support
- Closed caption
- Color inversion
- Color space correction
- Improved text rendering
- Material theme
- Activity transitions
- View shadows
- View elevation
- Path animations
- Color extractor
Android L style
One of the main features of Android L is Google’s complete design overhaul of the operating system’s user interface. Android L is peppered with Material Design elements that make it come to life in a more playful manner, and hopefully they make it even easier to use as well.
The Android L Developer Preview build, which is already available for the Nexus 5 and second-generation Nexus 7, has been ripped apart by developers, who managed to offer KitKat users access to various apps and other Android L features including wallpapers and boot animation.