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Samsung is implementing TouchWiz into Android L
At Google’s I/O conference this year, the company unveiled the next iteration of its Android operating system which they were calling the Android L. At that point in time the OS was still in its very early stages of development and hence we couldn’t get a detailed look at the new OS; there was merely a sneak peak for a few upcoming features. And as far as the name is concerned nothing has confirmed so far whether this would be the official name or not. According to our speculations, the L name is only being used for the current situation and no official branding has taken place as of yet. However, according to some of our sources, the OS will eventually be called Android Lollipop; the name which was also mentioned in previous rumors.
So the Android Lollipop hasn’t made it to the release stage as yet but according to our information, the OEMs get early access to the source code. From some sources, Sammobile managed to get its hands on an early Android L – LRW58J – test build for the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) and their first instinct was to make it available for all the Samsugn fanatics out there but testing it before doing that was a good decision. After it was tested for two days, the team decided that it wasn’t yet suitable for everyday use because there were tons of bugs and it was running extremely slow. This explains why the build wont be published online.
However, we have got ourselves a look at the new design and features of the TouchWiz-fied Android L and though the OS is in the early stages of being tested, Samsung is testing it for the Galaxy S5 and this is what makes the prospect all the more interesting. This means that will at least be able to get an idea on how Samsung is implementing TouchWiz into Android L but we should also keep in mind that a lot of things need to undergo major revamps due to new design guidelines from Google.
So moving on to the OS, it has gotten a completely revamped look from Google and this complete overhaul of the operating system is being called Material Design. The Material Design guidelines have been put in place to design the Korean giant’s proprietary system-apps – Dialler, Messages, Memo, Clock etc. The UI has been designed in such a way that it looks very fresh and feels very natural to touch. We can say that this is perhaps the best thing that has ever happened to Android. However the experience isn’t fully being utilized since the OEMs are still using their old interfaces on top of Android L. This kind of ruins the experience since they were designed using the old Holo design guidelines.