We can now stop hammering the F5 now! The final APIs for Android 5.0 is now live! Google has provided system image for the Nexus 5(Hammerhead) and Nexus 7(WiFi) (razor)! The Android build is LPX13D. Alright, enough talking, the link below will lead you to the download page!
UPDATE : As promised by Google and mentioned on our previous post, the final developer preview system image is here. We expected it to come, our device and our body is ready to flash this system. What’s good and what’s not so good inside? Stay tune as we are going to provide a little knowledge from our test drive on this new Lollipop preview release, the LPX13D. Before that, don’t forget that the latest Android 5.0 SDK is also released. Start your SDK Manager and make some cool stuff for Android world.
To be honest, we did keep on pressing the F5 button but sadly we refreshed the wrong site. Luckly, XDA Developers user, fosser2, provide us the right link and we straight away download the latest system image named hammerhead-lpx13d-preview-f7596f51.tgz around 366MB. You read it right, ‘preview’. Many people didn’t know that the latest release is just another preview release. But this time, it’s almost finish. The bad thing is, most google apps are not included. We were shocked when the dead AOSP browser is included instead of Google Chrome and the old messaging application is also in the system image. Google Play Music is not there. Instead, Google put the old gingerbread music player which it’s really weird in our opinion. The only Google Apps included are Google Camera, Google Keyboard, new Google Now Launcher and other system applications which comes with material design like the calculator and clock and few others.
This time, system settings are fully redesigned to Material Design. Previously, some may notice that some settings menu are still holo-ish. Status bar and quick tiles are polished to something more powerful. You can now clear all notifications with one click. While on the quick tiles, flashlight toggle is now there to serve us some bright path while in the dark. Too bad, still not mobile data toggle on quick tiles.
Did you ever noticed that on Android L, the user profile is now on the status bar? Now it’s even better. You can click the user and it will bring you to another menu where you can manage user like adding another user or guest. This is really useful, if you share your device often.
Sound management is hauled with some nice additions. You will now see 3 options to choose from. None, Priority or All. In None, all notifications will not disturb you, even the alarm. While in Priority, only prioritize applications can notify you. You’ll notice in Priority mode, a star will appear on the status bar so you can easily know that your phone sound is on Priority mode. To back to normal, choose All. In Sound & Notification settings menu, you can also manage each application notification permission easily.
Now we move on to another cool feature on Android L. Battery Saver. We know, it’s not that ‘shocking’ feature. But if you’re really active on the phone, making phone calls, having this feature will give you up to 90 minutes extra time while your battery running low. You can ‘automagically’ set it to turn on if th battery drop below 15% or 5%. Or you can always turn it on, thus you will get even more battery life for the cost of device performance. Your choice. Well, if you don’t know, Android L comes with the new Project Volta where Google focus on improving the battery life. No deep information about it yet, but for sure, it will work like Google intended it to be, just like Project Butter.
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