Google previewed its new Android L release on stage during the Google I/O keynote today. One feature everyone noticed, but Google didn’t talk about was Android L’s new keyboard. The UI has been overhauled to match Google’s new Material Design.
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Android L is Google’s next major version of Android. It is a complete redesign, and features Google’s new Material design guidelines. The L version is set for public release later this year.
Hidden in the Google design guidelines for L is a screenshot of a text field featuring the new keyboard. It appears that similarly to Apple’s iOS 7 keyboard, it can change color according to the app. This is because on stage the keyboard Googlers were using was a dark themed keyboard, but in the screenshot the keyboard has a light theme. That isn’t the only thing that’s changed, the text selection handles are circular rather than rectangular. The cut/copy/paste appears to be different, showing up above the text, instead of in the action bar.
I’m sure we’ll find out more about Android L tomorrow, when the factory images get released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.