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July 07, 2014

Nexus Devs get Early Access to Android L

Good news for Nexus users! Android L – the new Android release due to hit smartphones later this year – has been confirmed for roll-out on Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices after Google released the source code to developers.

Touted as a major update, Android L will feature a brand new design, much greater interaction between apps and will be all-round faster, slicker and more battery-efficient thanks to Project Volta, Google’s power-saving technology – which it’s been suggested could extend battery life as much as 30 per cent on some devices.

The release means Nexus developers can already get their hands on Android L, although it won’t be available to the general public until the fourth quarter of 2014. Google hasn’t mentioned anything about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S just yet, so it’s unclear whether handsets that originally launched with Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread will receive the update.

There’s also little news about non-Nexus devices, although it’s believed HTC is on board as the company has committed to updates for the HTC One and One M8 handsets within 90 days of the Android L launch.