Updated 12:04 PM EST, Sat, Nov 27, 2021

Android L Update Release Date & Preview: Samsung Galaxy S5 & Note 4 to Get OS by November

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Samsung's home country will be the first to get its hands on the company's newest Galaxy Note 4. The device hits Korea on Friday, Sept. 26. China is also reported to get the phablet this month, according to PC Mag. The source advised that the rest of the world may have to wait until October.

While Galaxy S5 sits on its throne as a flagship smartphone and Galaxy Note 4 awaits release, Samsung is speculated to be pushing the Android L software update. According to Sam Mobile's insiders, the new OS could come late November or early December.

Android L was made accessible as a Developer Preview in June. Tech Times cited that the OS, also dubbed as "Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP)," was speculated by many to arrive in early October. The OS may possibly debut with Nexus' next-generation smartphones and tablets.

A next-generation smartphone from Nexus could be the rumored Nexus 9. The device might be unveiled on either Oct. 15 or 16, according to sources reported by Android Authority. The site added that a "new phone hardware" and a "new software initiative" could arrive with Nexus 9 - the latter of which, might finally refer to the updated Android L.

Meanwhile, previous rumors coined the update as "Lollipop." Known for its sweet-coded OS marketing antics, Google is also reported by PC Advisor to name the update "Android Lion." Recall that the company's partnership with Nestle had to rename the original 4.4 "Key Lime Pie" into "Android KitKat."

PC Advisor further noted that it is unknown if the new OS will be a 4.5 or a 5.0 version.

The Android L Developer Preview

The Developer Preview of the Android L is available at Android's official web site. Among the features provided by the preview include material theme, two new widgets (Recycler View and Card View), X, Y and Z shadow properties, new APIs that allowed custom animations, drawable tinting and color extraction library.

The experimental Android Runtime (ART) was optional in Android 4.4. For the Developer Preview, it became the default runtime. Major features include Ahead-of-Time (AOT) compilation, improved garbage collection (GC) and improved debugging support.

Notifications are visible in the lockscreen of the developer OS. Android informs that users have the option to select whether sensitive information may be allowed to be presented in this feature.

The preview also mentioned about "Project Volta," which Android noted to be its "effort to make the platform energy efficient and to give you more control over resource usage."

See more of the Android L Developer Preview here.

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