Google SVP Sundar Pichai has just announced Android L developer preview at Google I/O 2014 event. Android L is the name for developer preview i.e. SDK will be available for developers only for the time being to build apps while the next version of android OS will be launched later. Final android L release date and name is still not mentioned by Google.
Many new things like redesigned UI with more lively animations, Android Runtime getting default runtime in next android release, Project Volta coming as improved battery saving feature and a batter way to handle push notifications now even through lockscreen is seen. Android L release running was also shown live on LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.
Xperia Phones with Android L update
Android L developer preview will be available for download on 26 June via Google Android Developer site. HTC has already promised to give Android L update to HTC M8 and M7 within 90 days of Android L code getting released to OEMs. In all these scenarios where do Sony Xperia devices stand ?If we go back to last year, 3 Sep 2013 Google launched Android 4.4 KitKat OS and on 2 Nov 2014 Sony announced its plan for launching android 4.4 KitKat on its Xperia lineup. Sony has already updated its whole Xperia “Z” series on KitKat update while other Xperia devices are still waiting for it.
So how long this time we have to wait till Sony comes up with official statement on android L update release timings.With the upcoming android L update, we are soon expecting Sony to release it plan for rollout of it. We are expecting that Sony will be giving android L update to Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet, Z1, Z Ultra, Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, T2 Ultra, T3, M2.
As Android 4.4.2 KitKat is still under investigation for Xperia devices like Xperia SP, L, M, C; we have a doubt that Sony may not release android L update for them ( even for Xperia E1 ).Sony has already discontinued android support for devices like Xperia P, U, S, SL, Acro S and Ion so any updates for these devices is out of question.
What we can expect is that as CyanogenMod and FXP team have already come up with android 4.4.2 ( i.e. CM 11 ) build ROMs, so soon we will be seeing android L ROMs for Xperia devices also ?
What do you think guys which Xperia devices will get Android L release update. Let us know. Drop your comments below.