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Android L is irrelevant for your phone, as KitKat teaches us

Android L is irrelevant for your phone, as KitKat teaches us

As we’ve learned from the past several releases of Google’s mobile operating system Android, "Android L" will barely touch your smartphone. Today we’ll use Android 4.4 KitKat as an example of how little Google’s changes affect the wide world of Android smartphones and tablets. To do this, we’ll have to remember October of 2013 when we released our SlashGear 101: Android 4.4 KitKat guide to what’s new.

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Here’s what Android L will look like

Here’s what Android L will look like

Google’s mobile operating system Android has been given an upgrade this week, moving from codeword "KitKat" to Android "L". Today we’re exploring what’s involved in Android L, showing especially what this new version of the software will look like to you, the end user. Android L is built with a new Google-made aesthetic called "Material", this replacing the "Holo" aesthetic present in the last several versions of the software.

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Android L release today: developers first

Android L release today: developers first

This week Google has announced the L Developer Preview. This is the next generation of Android, coming with a "fresh, bold, and new look." This system was announced by Matias Duarte of Android for Google, coming with a look that’s made for mobile, desktop, and beyond.

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Android Wear video asks why Wearables exist

Android Wear video asks why Wearables exist

A Google Developers video made for Android Wear has been revealed this week, the newest and probably last to be released before Google I/O 2014. This video asks the question - what couldn’t we do on the smartphone that we can now do on the wrist? Placing icons on a smartwatch, for example, is not the solution Google is looking for.

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Web predecessor Xanadu may one day replace the PDF

Web predecessor Xanadu may one day replace the PDF

It would appear that one of the strangest predecessors to the World Wide Web has finally been revealed after 54 years of development. You read that right - this software’s development started in 1960, and its creator now has a working model for users to take a peek at and interact with. Ted Nelson’s creation is a computer interface project, one also known as a universal library.

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Apple WWDC 2014: we’re here with the big black banner

Apple WWDC 2014: we’re here with the big black banner

The ominous big black banner looms overhead as we prepare to enter the 2014 WWDC keynote presentation for Apple. This year’s event is sure to bring on some big updates in the software world for Apple’s various mobile and desktop machines, with at least one new name coming in hot. That’s what black banners are for, after all.

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