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Google Android L Release Date for Nexus Smartphone & Tablet: 'Lollipop' 4.5/5.0 Improves KitKat's Battery Life, Rumored for Nexus 6 & 8

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First Posted: Jul 29, 2014 04:22 PM EDT
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The existence of the next Android version has been confirmed by Google at the company's I/O Developers Conference held last month. However, it still does not have its proper name of a sweet treat in the company's tradition but is simply being called "Android L," PC Advisor reported.

Speculations suggest that the name of Android's next version following Jellybean, Ice Cream and KitKat will be Lollipop. It is also unclear whether the new Andoid will be a 4.5 or a 5.0, but it seems like it would be the former, following the recent Chrome update with a build number of 4.4.99.

While the beta version of "Andoid L" has been released by Google and it can be installed on the Nexus 5 or the Nexus 7, it is not yet advised to do so especially if the device is your main smartphone or tablet. According to Google, it is merely a preview system image and is not yet a stable release.

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The beta could contain defects and errors that could damage devices, data and even the system as a whole. Fortunately, Android L can be uninstalled by reverting to the device's factory settings. Of course, it is recommended that users back-up their system prior to installing Android L and subsequently removing it.

Reports suggest that Android L is the biggest version of the mobile operating system, packed with more than 5,000 new APIs, and more could be included in the final build. There are also predictions saying that the full version will be unveiled together with the next line of Nexus devices, Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 8.

While it will be no faster than KitKat, Android L is expected to offer a remarkable battery life. Google released Android 4.4 KitKat last year in November, and the new OS is expected to roll out this fall around the October to November timeframe.

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