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Android L coming to Google Nexus 4 and original Nexus 7

Sam Loveridge

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Google has confirmed that the Google Nexus 4 and the original Nexus 7 will be getting the Android L update in the autumn.

Android L, the brand new mobile operating system, was announced during Google I/O in June and will bring a new “Material” design and exciting features to the Android platform.

During the annual developers’ conference, Google announce source code for the Google Nexus 7 2 and the Google Nexus 5, but didn’t mention any older devices, leaving many questioning whether the new software would be compatible with them at all.

However, Google has now released developer source code for additional Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 9 and the Google Nexus 10.

The code supports both the Wi-Fi and cellular version of the tablets, making sure that all versions are covered for Android L later in the year.

It looks like Android L won’t be coming to the 2012 smartphones the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Google Nexus S though.

Android L is the biggest Android update we’ve seen for a long time and one of the main changes is the new Material interface, which makes use of layers, shadows and block colours.

Another new feature is increased coherence across Android platforms, whether that is tablets, smartphones or Chromebooks.

Following in Apple’s footsteps a bit, Android L aims to offer a more consistent user experience across all platforms, like what you get with iPhone, iPad and MacBooks.

You’ll also get interactive lock screen notifications, revamped Gmail app, enhanced Google searches, 64-bit CPU support and other brand new features when Android L is released at an unspecified time in the autumn.

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Jordan

July 2, 2014, 10:44 am

I was hoping the L stood for 'Light' as my old Nexus 7 V1 is dog slow now! It really needs a stripped down OS, or Google need to release a new 8"/9"/10" tablet so I can consider it a worthy upgrade to replace it.

mothergoose85

July 4, 2014, 9:57 am

Same here buddy! The 2013 N7 was a good increment on the 2012 model but not worth buying over the original variant.

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