Google has today released the updated Android L system factory images for the Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 (2013) tablet, which adds Google Fit compatibility. The end user build of Android L set to roll out this fall, seems that the Big G is working actively to ensure all of the features are in place.
The release of the latest updated factory images for the developer preview of Android L, primarily bring support for the flagship Nexus 5 smartphone manufactured by LG, version number LPV81C also supports the most recent edition of the ASUS-built Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 (2013) slate introduced last year. Support for the company’s health-tracking platform, Google Fit gets a minor tweaks upgrade.
The new release bumps-up the version from LPV79, aside from Google Fit got a couple of minor tweaks and it’s unlikely given the incremental bump in build numbers from LPV79. The search giant also rolled out the preview SDK to help developers build health and fitness apps for Google Fit on Thursday.
Although, the Google’s Developer Preview page lists the new factory images for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013) and says that it brings Google Fit support alongside the Google Fit preview client library.
Google has detailed that there are three sets of APIs designed to meet specific developer needs.
Sensors API provides high-level access to sensors from the device and wearables-so with one API your app can talk to sensors, whether on an Android device or a wearable. So if you’re making a running app, you could register it to receive updates from a connected heart rate monitor every 5 seconds during a user’s run and give immediate feedback to the runner on the display.
Recording API allows apps to register for battery-efficient, cloud-synced background collection of fitness data. For example, a running app could ask to store user’s location so it can map the run later. Once it registers for these data types, collection is done by Fit in the background with no further work needed by the app.
History API allows operations on the data like read, insert and delete. When the exerciser finishes her run, the running app can query the History API for all locations during the run and show a map.
The major focus that done to bring with the Android L was been the design, ‘Material Design’, as Google calls it, will give the OS a layered, animated feel, and having already checked out the numerous previews and screenshots floating around the Web. Trying it out when it becomes ready for the prime time, is what many are waiting for!
Obviously, Google as usually hasn’t put any time frame on the end-user roll-out of Android L launch, simply adjuring that it’ll hit the download channels in the Fall. Notably, the Android L system factory images are not available for other Nexus devices and the Developer Preview 2 images are not available as an over-the-air (OTA) update, which means users have to manually flash the Android L supported device, if not, that will lead to loss of the sorted data on the handset.
Remind you: The default Chrome browser has been also upgraded on Android L. For the new OS, Google also ditched the Davlik runtime and introduced ART for 64-bit, which eventually allows apps to run faster. Now the Android devices can be expected to address more RAM configuration than the 32-bit limit allowed.
Rumored: Expected that the Nexus 6 smartphone to be among the first devices in receipt of the software
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