Android L vs Android KitKat (Video)


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.

This video doesn’t show off the new keyboard, but you can see that in our previous video.

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!

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.