Early Android L build for Galaxy S5 leaks on video

When we’ve been talking about the refreshed new look for Google’s mobile platform coming with the release of Android L this fall, we’ve largely been approaching the question from a pure Android perspective: how things on devices like the Nexus 7 or Nexus 5 will differ from previous Android versions. But there’s a whole world of Android out there beyond Google’s gates, with OEMs endeavoring to give their phones their own unique looks – well, to the extent that Google lets them. So what’s Android L going to spell for the likes of the Senses and TouchWizzes out there? Today we get some hints, with the release of a lengthy video detailing an early build of Android L for the Galaxy S5.

How early is “early?” Well, this release is described as being so slow and bug-ridden that SamMobile decided against publicly releasing the firmware – it’s just that dissatisfying of a user experience. But even in this very rough, unfinished state, we can still see a lot about where Samsung seems to be headed.

As of now, there are signs of a shift into a new neutral color palette (away from so many blues), as well as updates to Samsung’s suite of apps to include Material Design influences. Not all the OEM-specific changes are good, and Samsung’s desire to deliver a more eye-pleasing lock screen has resulted in the sacrifice of it not being able to display as many notifications as stock Android L can.

Considering all the work left to do, we shouldn’t consider any of this the final design Samsung will deliver to GS5 users when it ultimately makes the phone’s Android L update available, but it’s the best preview we’ve seen to date. Check out the full clip below.

Source: SamMobile

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