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Last week at its I/O conference in San Francisco, Google announced Android L — which it pegs as the biggest update to the OS ever. Yes, even bigger than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with which Google finally started taking design and UI performance seriously.

In its 3 hour keynote, Google explained all the new features that Android L packs including Project Volta, a new Material Design, a faster and more efficient runtime and more. However, even apart from the above changes, Android L includes a lot of new goodies, which Google did not mention at its keynote, probably due to the lack of time.

Worry not though, as we list down five such features below, which will greatly benefit the end users once Android L lands on devices later this year.


Google’s stock Android Email application, which comes pre-installed on Nexus devices and allows users to access third-party email services like Outlook and iCloud, is now available to download from Google Play. The release will enable users to get their hands on updates and new features faster than before, but it’s available only to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices.

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Smartphone cameras have improved tremendously in the last couple of years but low-light photography still remains their achilles heel. While OIS has helped improved matters drastically, the overall images in low-light from smartphone cameras are still only barely usable.

Sony now in a bid to improve low-light imaging performance of its sensors has created a new curved CMOS sensor via its proprietary “bending machine” that looks like a human eye and which in turn allows it to take in more light.


Google is rolling out another new update to its stock Camera app to add two new panorama modes, 16:9 capturing, and a self-timer. The version 2.2 release comes less than a month after Google Camera received the ability to capture photos while recording video.


Last night, LG unveiled its flagship handset for 2014 — the LG G3. When it finally hits the shelves later next month, the G3 is bound to battle it out against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and the Xperia Z2 for the best smartphone of the year crown.

Compared to its competition, the G3 does have some unique and innovative features up it sleeves that makes it the number one contender for the best smartphone of this year including a sexy design, the relative lack of bezel around its display and wireless charging.

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