Google recently released a Developer Preview of its latest version of Android: Android L. Though it’s not final code by any stretch of the imagination, we wanted to see how it compares to Android 4.4.4 KitKat – the latest official release of the operating system.
We headed over to Google’s “L Developer Preview” page, downloaded, and installed Android L build LPV79 to our Nexus 5 (there is also a build for the 2013 Nexus 7, though only for the WiFi version). From there we spent half a day using it as our daily driver, hunting through the various screens to try and find differences and similarities between it and Google’s latest official release: Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
What we found is that there are many more similarities than differences between the two, leading us to suspect Android L is much closer to what we’d consider “Android 4.5” than to what we’d expect out of “Android 5.0”. Whether or not that will be the version numbering when Android L is released later this Fall remains to be seen.
Nonetheless, press play to see some of the more notable similarities and differences between Android L vs Android KitKat.
What are your favorite new features in Android L? What did Google get “wrong”? Head down to the comments and let us know your thoughts!