Google accidentally posts images of next version of Android

A couple of screenshots of what is purported to be Android 5.0 have appeared online. The unannounced update will be the next major edition of Google's mobile operating system as the recently-seen 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 versions are small incremental versions bringing only bug fixes and subtle changes.

Android 5.0 is generally expected to contain some radical new UI changes. This is confirmed in the screenshots which show a redesigned status bar with the same transparency as the homescreen. Gone is the subtle gradient that makes the status bar background slightly darker than the rest of the UI, seen only since the launch of 4.4 KitKat.

Interestingly, two new notification icons are present. The unidentified 'L' is widely thought to represent a new method of displaying important heads-up notifications in a flat card style familiar to Google Now users. The bell icon in the status area is also rumored to be linked to 'L' and indicates that L notifications are disabled or muted.

Also of note is that what appears to be a new redesigned version of the Chrome web browser with a flatter UI is present in the background of the images. The foreground is filled by an all-new, simpler Google account login dialog.

The images are 1280x768 resolution which hints that they were taken on a Google Nexus 4 device. They were posted by Reddit user Doopl who found them on the Chromium Issue Tracker. The page has since been removed by Google which further suggests that they are authentic. We will have to wait to learn more about these screenshots although of course it is possible that we will see more of Android 5.0 and 'L' at Google IO 2014 tomorrow.

Source: Reddit

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In testing, KitKat USB Debugging was just represented with a K icon. It can still be seen in the Easter Egg from tapping the Build number in About. I'm fairly certain the "L" is merely the interim USB Debugging icon for the L release, before they reveal the dessert name. Not sure how you could read into it otherwise.

osm0sis said,
In testing, KitKat USB Debugging was just represented with a K icon. It can still be seen in the Easter Egg from tapping the Build number in About. I'm fairly certain the "L" is merely the interim USB Debugging icon for the L release, before they reveal the dessert name. Not sure how you could read into it otherwise.

Exactly. The "L" is the release indicator for the build when debug is on. The bell is audio notifications.

SpeedyTheSnail said,
"Accidentally"

When I read that, I actually thought about the last Star Trek movie. When Spock was the captain and the Enterprise was falling out the sky and ten all of a sudden they got power back and everyone who wasn't dead already was saved. Someone shouted "its a miracle" and Spoke says "there are no such things".

Accidents don't happen, they are cause. I don't know who came up with the word accidents, but it should be eliminated from all languages.

I've had three accidents at work, almost cut my throat open with an exploding piece of metal because I didn't use a clamp (Sprained both of my hands and cut my ID card clean in half), crashed a truck because I turned too soon to park (Turned into another giant fuel truck), and then got hit by a fueler who asked me to fix something (I'm a mechanic), at which point when I am in front of the truck and he almost runs me over (literally). There are no accidents.

SpeedyTheSnail said,
I've had three accidents at work, almost cut my throat open with an exploding piece of metal because I didn't use a clamp (Sprained both of my hands and cut my ID card clean in half), crashed a truck because I turned too soon to park (Turned into another giant fuel truck), and then got hit by a fueler who asked me to fix something (I'm a mechanic), at which point when I am in front of the truck and he almost runs me over (literally). There are no accidents.

A piece of metal exploded from a machine because you didn't place a clamp. You admitted such, which means you caused what happen next.

Car and trucks don't get into accidents, the people who drive them cause them to get into accidents. The human is the cause, cause if you don't put a human behind the wheel the car/truck can't get into an accident.

Since everything happens for a "reason", accidents are simply an impossibility.
When a plane crashes and people die, we see it on the news as an "accident". But the NTSB investigates into the "cause" of the accident. I mean, if it was just an accident, what is there to investigate?

Not trying to be difficult. Just think about what I am saying and why I draw this conclusion.

Microsoft starts using a design that's ugly as hell, people complain about it, and then Microsoft's competitors start to copy that design. Go figure.

Everyone tries too hard when it comes to design. We're anti-conformist. Forget the gradients, forget three dimensional shapes, and forget rounded corners. All we need are boxes with text in them.

#hipsterglasses #savingart #metroRulez #EatThisiOS #ThingsToBlogAboutLater

Looks like a UI skewed toward running multiple apps side by side etc or any position on the screen
Kind funny considering Windows 8.1 beat Android and iOS there

swanlee said,
Everyone love to hate on Microsoft but everyone loves to copy Metro.

Meanwhile, 3 people have already expressed their annoyance with the way this looks. Apparently, it doesn't matter if Microsoft has their name on it. Ugly is still ugly, how about that.

swanlee said,
Everyone love to hate on Microsoft but everyone loves to copy Metro.

Metro/flat look is not anything MS created. Lots of apps had the flat look already.

dead.cell said,

Meanwhile, 3 people have already expressed their annoyance with the way this looks. Apparently, it doesn't matter if Microsoft has their name on it. Ugly is still ugly, how about that.
Can't be to ugly if OEM's are making use of it...right? What's so funny is Apple criticizes MS the most, yet were the first to copy and make a flatten UI.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
Can't be to ugly if OEM's are making use of it...right? What's so funny is Apple criticizes MS the most, yet were the first to copy and make a flatten UI.

Why not ask for the opinions of those around here who expressed their displeasure of the flat boring look? I merely pointed out that it wasn't exclusive to Microsoft. Take your disagreements up with them.

techbeck said,

Metro/flat look is not anything MS created. Lots of apps had the flat look already.


Correction: Metro is something MS created. Flat look isn't. Metro isn't just flat. There's a whole lot more to it, especially tiles. These photos have no tiles. iOS 7 has no tiles. They're really different.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
Can't be to ugly if OEM's are making use of it...right? What's so funny is Apple criticizes MS the most, yet were the first to copy and make a flatten UI.

it is UGLY both with WP and Android...

Flat look removes all the unnecessary crap and makes the UI functional.

"Ugly"? Open your mind, stop being stuck in the past. Elegance is beauty, not gaudy shiny crap.