Screenshots of Android L release with new Chrome UI show up in bug tracker

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 24, 2014

Android l release screenshot (2)

The L release of Android (the successor to Android 4.4.x KitKat) is expected to launch at the end of the year, but we may have just got our first real look at it thanks to a couple of screenshots found in the Chrome issue tracker.

As first spotted by redditor Doopl, the screenshots were attached to an issue ticket that has since been removed.

The screenshots contain several clues that we’re looking at a completely new Android version. Starting with the obvious “L” icon in the left corner, that’s likely a placeholder icon for the USB debugging mode on the L release. The navigation bar and the status bar lack the subtle gradient that KitKat has, being flat-out transparent. The bell system icon likely belongs to a new do-not-disturb type feature, possibly the Heads Up notification mode that the CM team just uncovered in the Android source code.

Android l release screenshot (1)

Moving on to the dialog window, its styling is obviously different from the current implementation – there’s no holo blue, and there are no delimiting lines around the buttons. Moreover, the text of the “Settings” and “Ok, got it” buttons is in all-caps and the “You’re signed in” text at the top is in a larger font. The design seems a bit unfinished, with the unbroken white space and the misaligned buttons.

In the background, we see a slightly redesigned Chrome UI, with hints of elements we’ve seen before in the Quantum Paper leak. And, in the landscape screenshot, Chrome isn’t running in full screen, which corroborates with earlier rumors of a card-based multitasking mode coming in the next version of Android.

With Google I/O starting tomorrow, it seems a bit more likely that Google will at least preview some of the changes we can gleam from these screenshots. The perspective of a new Android version is exciting, but there’s a lot more to look forward to, and we listed everything in our Google I/O 2014 preview.

  • Ali

    I like the gradient notification bar.

    • Nathan Borup

      That is the wallpaper behind it….

      • mobilemann

        yeah, it looks like iOS now.

        • D’Ander McSullivan

          Man, Android has had that live wallpaper for years…

          • mobilemann

            Man… The menu bar, not the wallpaper.

  • Jayfeather787

    Aw man really excited for this shiz!!! Can’t wait!

  • MasterMuffin

    Slightly off-topic: I’ll be mad if Android gets 64-bit Chrome before Windows! Google finally managed to get a Canary build that’s 64-bit, but it’s really buggy :/

    • Juan A C

      Why do you need 64 bits? It complicates the development and there’s still way too many x86 out there, the benefit isn’t big enough yet.
      Mozilla has an x64 version of Firefox (nightly), in case you want to try it out.

      • MasterMuffin

        Why not? :) Actually Mozilla stopped doing 64-bit because they want to concentrate on the more important 32-bit browser. Waterfox is nice though, but I can’t leave Chrome, it’s just too good.

        • Juan A C

          Well that’s true, I can’t wait until x86 finally fades away. Nightly x86_64 is still in development, I’m writing from it right now, if you want to check it out go to:

          • MasterMuffin

            My bad, I forgot that they did continue it. I googled it, they stopped in 2012, but continued soom after. I’m living 2 years in the past o.O

          • Juan A C

            Yeah well, they discontinued the stable version. I’ve been using the alpha x64 for about 3 years now, never had a problem

    • Dwight Flakus

      Google canary is their 64bit version of chrome. Its in beta but its been available for download for a while and it works just fine

  • TDioWS

    Why is chrome not filling the whole screen on portrait? That’s odd :s

    • My Guess is that the app acts like a widget in this view. So you can interact with the app from a card-like deck of apps without opening it.

      • TDioWS

        Yeah, but in the other leaked screenshot the cards in the card-like deck were smaller… this one going till halfway the navigation buttons feels like it’s out of place :x

        Anyway, I end up liking everything Google does with Android, so it must have a good reason.

  • Elliot Derhay

    Always excited about improvements. What delicious dessert will the Android team share with us next?

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    What about the navigation buttons at bottom. It goes over the chrome window

    • mobilemann

      those apps don’t seem to be full screen i’m guessing? Something is off on both of them, as @tdiows:disqus pointed out with the wide screen shot of what looks to be chrome.

  • jules

    Looks disgusting to my opinion. Really hope making Android UI black via 3rd party will still be possible. Too much white gives me headaches. Every Android including stock in a perfect world should have light/dark switch for whole UI. As should every app.

  • Cao Meo

    Welcome to Android LOLLY