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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

Set to arrive on smartphones and tablets later this year, Google's Android L OS promises a whole suite of features, options, and developer tools. Android fans have a lot to look forward to.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

Animations and new design elements that make common tasks more obvious? Yes, please. See that bright blue "plus" button to compose a new message? That's what I'm talking about.

Best yet, Google is carrying this design language across other Web apps, so they all look and behave the same way on your phone, tablet, and browser.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

Rumor is, Android L could support multiple user profiles, say one for you, and one for your kids. That means you won't have to worry about another person getting into places you don't want them to be. Ditto if you're the type who'd rather keep work and personal accounts separate.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

A smarter, more social lock screen in Android L means you'll be able to see and respond to notifications without having to first unlock your phone. Android will safeguard your more sensitive information and will only deliver the most relevant alerts.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

More chilled-out notifications are also on the docket. Android L will prioritize alerts for you, and use the cool "card" look of Google Now to pop up phone calls and more.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

Cascading cards show you your recent apps, which not only looks cool, but also lets you see multiple instances of open apps, like separate Google Drive files and websites. All this leads to faster navigation as you switch tasks.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

Between support for ART and 64-bit architecture, Android L improves the overall performance, yet still promises to still play nice with your battery. A built-in Battery Saver mode can also turn off unnecessary system functions.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

This one's a boon for smartwatch owners, among others. Instead of entering a PIN on your password-protected phone every time you start looking something up on your watch Android L will let verified hardware bypass security to get you in faster.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

A long time ago we tested an app called Divide (originally Enterproid), that easily created work and personal profiles. Well now Google bought it, and Android L smartphones can benefit.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

Shhh! Silencing your phone overnight or for a short while or when certain people call will now be included Android. The customizable settings make it a simple way to avoid interruptions without totally silencing your phone.

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Look out for Android L

1. Cool new Material Design interface

2. Support for multiple users

3. Smarter lock screen

4. Better notifications

5. Faster multitasking is in the cards

6. Faster performance

7. Awesome device shortcuts

8. Separating work from play

9. Do Not Disturb

Even more L

There's no set arrival date for Android L yet, but diehards can see for themselves in the Developer Preview version available for the Nexus 5 and 7. In the meantime, get to know Android L even more in our hands-on preview.

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