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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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Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung's Gear Live was a surprise addition to the Android Wear lineup at Google I/O 2014, but with its roots firmly in the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Neo it's no great stretch for the Korean giant. As with Motorola and LG's watches, Google and its partners are playing things close to its chest when it comes to actually playing with the new smartwatch platform, but that doesn't mean I couldn't draw some early conclusions from my hands-on time.

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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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