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    does Android L = Android 5.0?

    just wondering
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    Well L is after K and as Android goes they name it after a candy in alphabetical order. But it doesn't mean 5.0 yet. ICS JB and KK were all 4.x versions. Likely just Android 4.5
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    Quote Originally Posted by centerwaters View Post
    does Android L = Android 5.0?

    just wondering
    Nobody knows for sure, but probably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Briggs View Post
    Nobody knows for sure, but probably.
    So far, with the exception of 1.x to 2.x, each integer increase has represented a spread to or change in the handling of a device type. 3.0 was tablets only (later used on Google TV), 4.0 unified tablets and phones, 5.0 would make sense with the spread to wear and the car. It begs the question of what 6.0 might spread to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    So far, with the exception of 1.x to 2.x, each integer increase has represented a spread to or change in the handling of a device type. 3.0 was tablets only (later used on Google TV), 4.0 unified tablets and phones, 5.0 would make sense with the spread to wear and the car. It begs the question of what 6.0 might spread to?
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    To drastic of a change to be a point release. I say it's gonna be 5.0 Leinenkugel.

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    after seeing i/o i def think its going to be 5.0
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    I think the OP asks because the Roman numeral "L" is 50.
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    I agree with Jerry on the rationale that since L is 50 in Roman numerals, we can probably expect Android L to be 5.0. This is a UI redesign, so wouldn't it also make sense for it to move to a new integer, similar to how Ice Cream Sandwich's UI redesign moved Android from 2.3/3.x to 4.0?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdot104 View Post
    I agree with Jerry on the rationale that since L is 50 in Roman numerals, we can probably expect Android L to be 5.0. This is a UI redesign, so wouldn't it also make sense for it to move to a new integer, similar to how Ice Cream Sandwich's UI redesign moved Android from 2.3/3.x to 4.0?
    So far (since 2010) moving between integers has represented expansion to new platforms. I'd be very surprised if this wasn't 5.0, but I have no idea what the L and 50 would have to do with anything... since that wasn't used in any letter combination so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    So far (since 2010) moving between integers has represented expansion to new platforms. I'd be very surprised if this wasn't 5.0, but I have no idea what the L and 50 would have to do with anything... since that wasn't used in any letter combination so far.
    Agreed, and L also follows K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    So far (since 2010) moving between integers has represented expansion to new platforms. I'd be very surprised if this wasn't 5.0, but I have no idea what the L and 50 would have to do with anything... since that wasn't used in any letter combination so far.
    Not that it has any serious effect on the nomenclature, but it seems to be a natural thought, at least to me. I think this is a major enough update to warrant a move to 5.0. I hadn't considered the point about new platforms but that all but certifies it IMO.
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    They said it's one of the biggest Android changeover since it was launched...

    I think it's definitely 5.0 this time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by helspawn View Post
    They said it's one of the biggest Android changeover since it was launched...

    I think it's definitely 5.0 this time!

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    Most of the changes with Android L are cosmetic. The added APIs and new features are numerous but none of what KitKat changed and brought to the table are being changed. You could literally take the KK and L updates and bundle them and neither would conflict. So to the user L seems huge so it is an easy point to embellish but KK was a much larger change to the inner working of the OS.

    Not sure about most of you but the look of Android is not the most important element for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    Most of the changes with Android L are cosmetic. The added APIs and new features are numerous but none of what KitKat changed and brought to the table are being changed. You could literally take the KK and L updates and bundle them and neither would conflict. So to the user L seems huge so it is an easy point to embellish but KK was a much larger change to the inner working of the OS.

    Not sure about most of you but the look of Android is not the most important element for me.
    Google is telling us that L is the largest change to date. Of course, they're not going to mention if it's the 2nd or 3rd biggest change, etc they have to sell it a little.. but just curious why do you think it is not that big of a change?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    Most of the changes with Android L are cosmetic.
    WHAT???!!!!
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    I think it will definitely be 5.0. The redesign, new features and expansion to new form factors, I think, should make this a full point release.
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    Don't know for sure, but I think it will be.

    Android 2.0 brought design changes to Android, as did 3.0 and 4.0 (even though both 3.0 and 4.0 were based off the holo theme). However this new L release looks like again a big visual change from the previous versions. Enough to warrant it the 5.0 label.

    But who knows. Google might come out and just label it as 4.5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    Google is telling us that L is the largest change to date. Of course, they're not going to mention if it's the 2nd or 3rd biggest change, etc they have to sell it a little.. but just curious why do you think it is not that big of a change?
    To me it seem more like Google took a massive Android update and cut it into 2 parts KK and L. Which is probably the safe way to go but I would only consider each update very large just not one of their biggest.

    After reading the whole thread I do agree L is likely 5.0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    Most of the changes with Android L are cosmetic.
    These don't feel cosmetic:
    Burst-mode camera APIs
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    NDK media APIs TV input framework
    Low latency audio recording audio patch panel
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahaxton View Post
    These don't feel cosmetic:
    Burst-mode camera APIs
    H.265
    NDK media APIs TV input framework
    Low latency audio recording audio patch panel
    Improved AV sync
    USB audio
    Cast receiver hardware assisted hot word
    ART
    64-bit trusted execution environment
    Volta
    Improved battery stats, predicted time remaining
    Battery historian
    Time to charge time on lock screen
    JobScheduler
    Multi-network
    Bluetooth 4.1
    BLE central & peripheral modes
    HFP 1.6 SAP
    Multi HFP
    Map Email
    Open GL ES 3.1 & Android Extension Pack
    Personal unlocking
    Enterprise
    Lock to app APIs
    Document-centric multi-tasking
    Lockscreen notifications
    Heads-up notifications
    Do not disturb
    New quick settings
    Phone rotation lock
    Improved game controller support
    Closed caption
    Color inversion
    Color space correction
    Improved text rendering
    Material theme
    Activity transitions
    View shadows
    View elevation
    RecycleView
    CardVie
    Path animations
    Color extractor
    No but if you would of read even the next sentence "The added APIs and new features are numerous..." you of noticed I acknowledged the unseen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    No but if you would of read even the next sentence "The added APIs and new features are numerous..." you of noticed I acknowledged the unseen.
    Indeed, and I don't think it's a criticism of you, but to clarify at I/O they were very specific that this was the largest change in terms of APIs introduced, etc. Sure, there are a ton of cosmetic changes too, but they've been reinventing Android at a very low level to make it better while simultaneously changing the UI to not only make phones and tablets better (they presume) but also work on TVs, cars, and watches. I don't know if they can pull it all off or not, but it feels to me like by far the largest update they've ever done so it must be a new point release, even before realizing that "L" = 50 (FWIW I've been watching since 2.2).
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    I guess it is the words being used that are making this confusing. Let me clarify what I mean alittle more. Android L has alot of new APIs and feature that are the largest "additions" to Android but the "changes" are mostly cosmetic.

    To me "changes" are taking something that was there and changing it. Like how KK changed SD card access.

    Maybe my understanding of "changes" and "additions" differ from the rest.
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    Yes it is, but we are not 100% sure. We have to wait for announcemet of Google to clear the same thing.
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