Google unloads 64-bit Android L devices

Finding and catching up with Apple, Google is setting the stage for device makers release a 64-bit smartphones and tablets with the Android L operating system.

Google’s 64-bit compatible Android L can be found for download as a builder preview, and mobile devices must be available by year-end after a final version of the OS will be released.

Based on historic developments, tablets and smartphones with 64-bit Android may even arrive as soon as October, said James Bruce, lead mobile strategist at ARM, whose processors are widely-used in most mobile devices.

Android tablets with 64-bit chips may be first out of your gate, followed by smartphones, ARM’s Bruce stated.

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Nvidia adding 64-bit support, too

On the ARM processor side, Nvidia is bringing Android L support to its 64-bit Tegra K1 chip, which will be in mobile devices during the second half this year.”There is one version of L. It supports both 32 and 64 bit processors. We are already working on L with Tegra K1 64-bit,” Nvidia spokesman Ken Brown said in an email.

Qualcomm, whose chips go into most smartphones, has also announced 64-bit ARM-based chips, but did not immediately respond to a request for comment about support for Android L. On its part, MIPS said it will bring Android L support to its chips.

Users should care, since Android L and 64-bit chips will combine to bring faster performance to smartphones and tablets, Brookwood said.

Sixty-four-bit improvements will make games look better, and devices will be able to decode and encode high-resolution video faster. Algorithms for facial recognition and speech interaction will be able to take advantage of 64-bit processing.

Intel has been testing 64-bit chips with Android in its labs and has seen performance benefits in graphics, data encryption and decryption, decompression and applications with large data sets. Mobile devices will be able to have more than 4GB of memory, and “fewer trips to the memory” will be required to process applications, said Doug Fisher, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Software and Services Group.

Intel is working with Google to made kernel-level changes for Android L, and will make an x86 distribution available at a later date.

Improvements in Android L also will help improve mobile device battery life, Insight 64’s Brookwood said. In addition, the notification and application launching mechanisms have been revamped in the OS.

Android L supports ARMv8, which is ARM’s 64-bit microprocessor architecture. Meanwhile, industry consortium Linaro is working on a 64-bit version of the mobile Chrome browser.

Google has said that Android applications will run two times faster on ART, the new Android 64-bit run-time environment for application execution. Android developers won’t have to make many code changes to move to ART from the Dalvik runtime, Brockwood said.

Ultimately, Google’s move will spur a larger number of applications written with 64-bit and larger memory addressing in mind, Brookwood said.

Android L Features in a Image Gallery

Google’s big new operating-system release, Android L, has a huge volume of fresh features. Developers get the code today, and we’re sure to see about dozens of new capabilities that will filter into Android mobile phones over the next year or so. (I’m not including Android os Wear or Android Automotive here. )Google gave a high-level presentation of Android L during the Google I/O keynote on Wednesday, including what that calls Material design.

Though all previous versions of Android experienced a candy-themed name, this version is definitely “L” – for at this point. Google flashed bunch regarding Android L features on the screen towards the end of its presentation, but that surely only scratches the top. Some changed look at first like bigger deals as compared to others, though. Here are 10 that in some way excited our imaginations.

Have a Nexus 5 or new Nexus 7? You can get Android L now

Unlike in the past when Google used to release the finished versions of Android, now Google is releasing beta versions called developer previews. The company announced Android L – for now it is called L but in a few months the name could change to something sweeter like Lemon Cake or Lollipop or Ladoo – at Google I/O two days ago. The developer preview of Android L is now available for download for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

This means if you have a Nexus 5 phone or Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi tablet, you can download the relevant OS file from Google servers and install them on your device. Sounds simple enough? Well yes. But still the whole process is not all that simple for average consumers. The complexity, we suspect, is by design. Google doesn’t want less tech-savvy users to use preview versions of Android. These versions are meant for developers.

But if you are curious about Android L and wants to try it out, follow the steps here to get this version of Android that most of the consumers will only get by the end of this year.

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How to install Android L: The method tested using Nexus 5 and Windows 7 PC

Step 1: Download the relevant Android L OS file from Google site (http://developer.android.com/preview/setup-sdk.html)

Step 2: Open developer options on your Nexus 5 phone. These options are hidden. So go to Settings > About Phone and then tap on the build number 7 times. Once you have done that, you will find developer options in your Settings menu.

Step 3: Open developer options and make sure USB Debugging is ticked.

Step 4: Check if your computer has the relevant drivers required for Nexus 5. If not, download the drivers from here and install (http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html)

Step 5: Make sure you have ADB and Fastboot Installed. For this, follow the steps from here (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2317790)
Step 6: Connect your phone to computer and open ADB (it will open in a command window). Type adb reboot bootloader. Your phone will go into recovery mode. Check the screen and see that for Bootloader status it shows unlocked.

Step 7: Most likely your phone will have the locked bootloader. To unlock it, type fastboot oem unlock. Then follow instructions on your phone screen. This will unlock bootloader as well as do a factory reset of the phone.

Step 8: Disconnect and reconnect your phone to PC. You may have to go into settings again, reveal developer options and select USB debugging.

Step 9: Unzip the Android L file you had downloaded. Create a new folder with an easy to type name like Android and put all the files in it. Then put this folder into Minimal ADB and Fastboot Folder which is in your computer’s program folder.

Step 10: Hold SHIFT key and right click on the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder. From the menu, select “Open Command Window here”.

Step 11: With your phone connected, type adb reboot bootloader.

Step 12: Navigate (use CD to change directories) to the folder where Android L files are stored.
Step 13: Type flash-all in the command window.

Step 14: Sir back and relax. If you have done everything right, Android L will be installed on your phone. It will take up to 10-15 minutes though. The boot part especially takes a lot of time.

Warning: Installing preview version of Android L may void the warranty on your phone or tablet. Also, if something goes wrong during the installation process, we are not responsible. We have used the same method to install Android L on Nexus 5 successfully. And though chances are low, it is possible you may end up with phone that won’t boot.

Additional notes: The preview versions are likely to have bugs so once you install the Android L you may find a few things not working in your phone. Installing Android L will delete all your data on the phone, so back up or save photos, music, files or any other data before installing the OS.

 

Goodbye Dalvik. Hello ART.

Google is dropping the Dalvik runtime for ART, which will make the Android system work faster and become more energy efficient.

The runtime handles the decompilation of all Android apps in real time. Google introduced the experimental Android runtime, or ART, in Android KitKat 4.4, with the company explicitly stating that it will soon replace the old Dalvik runtime.

Tweaks to the open source code of Android that indicated the runtime change was spotted by developers. The Dalvik was previously the default runtime option with the ART as an alternative. The next Android update will likely have the ART as the default option.

Since the announcement of the runtime, Google has been dropping hints that ART will be replacing Dalvik as the default Android runtime in code commits and comments. However, code commits 98553 and 98618 confirm the pending change.

Google android 4.5 Lollipop – Amazing Features – Changing how we Interact.

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Newest Features

Using the Android Police, the new style is referred to as Moonshine. The pattern is more ripped and clean, almost exactly like the iOS 7 pattern. The icons tend to be flat, circular as well as colorful. This comes combined with current transparent reputation bar of KitKat type. The buttons regarding navigation are cleaner and provides a minimalist look, which looks less cluttered. The icons are a result of the online symbols of Google within a mock version with the latest Hera Gmail interface, 4. 5 type.

Tradition follows over

It seems like just some time back that individuals were feasting with Android 4. 4 KitKat’s sweetness and we’re already waiting for the next Android four. 5 Lollipop. The latest type of Android Lollipop will likely be released sometime inside the later part connected with June. Conventionally, all Android versions are named soon after some sweet inside the alphabetical order, including gingerbread, then glaciers cream sandwich and later KitKat. The letter L most likely stands for Lollipop.

Other notes to keep in mind

Several leaks also specify additional changes inside the design that can finally be built into Android 4. 5. The actual navigation bar, for instance, in the Google + is bright red and never grey. The menu background is usually in a crimson shade. Another change likely may be the change in the particular screen color each time a menu is increased within an app. At present, the screen driving the menu turns to some slight grey, to be able to draw attention on the main menu. In case of the Google+ software, this grey has changed to any bright red. Google may perhaps be working on this as well as some other tweaks for the new Android model. The Android Police also have revealed new onscreen buttons for navigation plus the home button is pushed on the curb. A new The search engines button will replace the house button. There is a slight change inside the design of the particular multitasking button too, which has recently been made hexagonal.

The next version of Android will enhance battery life, speed up apps

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Almost a year ago, Google added an experimental runtime choice to speed up apps in Android 4. 4 KitKat. A runtime, to the record, supports the apps running on the device — without it they’d be it will always be piles of useless code. Known as ART (short for Android Runtime), that same mode might be the default when Mountain View releases the following version of its operating method. Developers spotted tweaks to Android’s open-source signal indicating the upcoming change, and the update looks to be a positive one. Without getting bogged along in details, ART essentially makes apps run faster plus much more efficiently, with the downside being that they can take up slightly more space on the phone, as well as a bit longer install times.

ART will likely replace the existing app-running software Dalvik as the default on Android, though the latter option could certainly available. In addition to improving app performance, ART is asked slightly increase battery life. Even if the gains are small, that’s good news for anyone using typically the most popular mobile OS in the world. And with Google I/O simply a week away, we may hear about the next version of Android fastly.

Google Releases Android 4.4.4 Factory Recovery Images for Nexus Devices

Google within about two weeks of the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update’s release, has shared factory images of Android 4.4.4.

Google has posted Android 4.4.4 factory images of several Nexus devices – Nexus 4Nexus 5Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on its developer site. Notably, the developer listing at Google shows that an Android 4.4.4 build is not listed for the Nexus 7 (2013) 3G tablet.

The Android 4.4.4 comes with build number KTU84P and seems to be majorly for security fixes. Android Police cites Sprint’s community forums that list Nexus 5’s changelog and it only includes security fix.

XDA reports the Android 4.4.4 update has begun rolling out over-the-air (OTA) for the Nexus 5, and should gradually become available across regions soon. Other Nexus users can install the factory image themselves – note, a backup of all data is recommended before using the factory image, as it resets the device. Waiting for the OTA update to arrive is the wisest option, and we can expect it to roll-out to the other Nexus devices within a few days. Further, Google Play Edition devices can also be expected to receive the Android 4.4.4 update soon.