Google paves way for 64-bit Android apps with new Android L developer preview

Google plans to launch the next version of its Android operating system this fall. Code-named Android L (at least until Google comes up with a good dessert name starting with the letter L), the operating system will feature a new design language and improvements to the lock screen, quick settings panel, graphics performance, and more. […]

Possibly coming to Android L: Quick Torch, customizable Quick Settings

Google may have released a developer preview of Android L this summer, but the operating system won’t officially launch until this fall. So while developers dig into the preview to make sure their apps are ready to take advantage of the new design and other features, developers at Google are busy killing bugs… and adding […]

Report: Google takes over Samsung Knox security development

Samsung Knox is a security platform that, among other things, lets people use their own smartphones for both work and personal purposes. That’s because it allows you to maintain separate and secure work and personal profiles so that your boss won’t see your personal Gmail messages and your top secret blueprints from work aren’t available […]

Lilbits (7-03-2014): Meet Automotive Grade Linux

Android’s headed to the dashboards of cars thanks to the new Android Auto initiative. So’s iOS, thanks to CarPlay. But these two smart vehicle systems aren’t the only game in town. The Linux Foundation is sponsoring a new operating system called Automotive Grade Linux which is a Tizen-based OS aimed at vehicles. It has a […]

Google releases Android L preview source code for Nexus 7 (2012) and later

Google has added code for the Android L developer preview to the Android Open Source Project, and that includes code for all recent Nexus devices including the Google Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 editions, the Nexus 10, and the Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones. This follows the release of factory images for the most recent Nexus 7 […]

Lilbits (6-30-2014): Google’s first social network is shutting down

Before there was Google+ there was Google Buzz. And before Buzz, there was Orkut — Google’s first attempt at a social networking site. Orkut never really took off in the US, but it was big in Brazil… So good news for Brazil: Your country is in the international spotlight thanks to the World Cup. Bad news: […]

Google brings low latency audio processing to Android L

Android phones and tablets already make pretty decent portable media players. But some of the best mobile apps for recording or creating audio are still iOS-only. That’s at least partly bbecause Apple’s smartphone and tablet operating system supports low-latency audio processing, something that’s been missing from Android… until now. The next version of Google Android is […]

Lilbits (6-27-2014): Android L keyboard runs on Android K (and older) phones

The next major version of Android isn’t due out until this fall, but now that Google has released factory images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 as well as a software developer kit, it’s possible to try it out. That’s great news for developers… but casual users might want to wait a while. Android […]