Android L set to drastically improve battery life, according to initial tests

For each Android release, Google likes to have a “Project” that picks an area of weakness and focuses on tuning the whole OS to fix it. In Jelly Bean we had Project Butter, a concerted effort to make Android’s UI animations run at 60fps. In KitKat there was Project Svelte, which aimed to get the OS running on only 512MB ... Continue Reading →

No Custom OEM skins on Android Wear, TV or Auto

Google engineering director David Burke confirmed that all of the new Android initiatives announced at the keynote this week—Android Wear, Android Auto, and Android TV—will have user interfaces and underlying software that is controlled by Google, not by the OEMs. “The UI is more part of the product in this case,” Burke said to Ars ... Continue Reading →

OK Google Hotword detection now available to any screen [with APK Download link]

Not only is Google announcing all sorts of stuff , but it’s also updating a slew of its apps. The latest Google Search update brings a huge improvement: “OK Google” hotword detection to any screen…even the lockscreen. This lines up with the earlier rumor that it was coming eventually. Once enabled (Google Now ... Continue Reading →

Android L factory Images live for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google has released the Android L factory images for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, allowing those with either device to install a preview of the latest version of the OS. To install the factory images, you’ll need ADB and Fastboot properly installed, and the process will wipe your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 clean. If you’re really hankering for ... Continue Reading →

Confirmed: Google to Reveal Next Version of Android Today at the Google I/O

Google normally saves its big Android releases for the fall, but this year Google is following Apple’s style of giving a hint of what’s coming.Today we’ll get a sneak peek of the new operating system during the company’s I/O conference.Bloomberg Businessweek confirmed this news in a profile of Android and Chrome head Sundar Pichai on ... Continue Reading →