Yes! The “Clear All” Notifications Button has Returned in the Latest Android 5.0 Build

That’s right, in the latest Android 5.0 “Lollipop” preview build that went live today, Google brought back the “clear all” notifications button. If you weren’t running either of the previous Android L previews, then you likely do not care at all. However, if you did, you already realize how big of a deal this is. Having to individually clear away 10+ notifications after not looking at your phone for a lengthy period of time is not fun.

Thank you, Google. Thank you for bringing it back.

Screenshot in Chromium Issue Tracker Suggests the Next Version of Android is “Lollipop”

The designer of the Googleplex Android statues trolled Google+ yesterday with licorice. Developers contributing to AOSP have for months been referring to the next version of Android as LMP, presumably “Lemon Meringue Pie.” In light of a new accidental leak, though, both references to possible Android L names appear to have been red herrings. Before being promptly removed, a device screenshot posted by a Google developer in the Chromium issue tracker revealed a lollipop-shaped debugging icon.

That likely settles it, then: Google will probably reveal Android L as “Lollipop” tomorrow, and commemorate it with a new lawn ornament.  (more…)

Check Out These 3 New Android Ads, Starring Androidified People and a New Slogan

Android L, which we believe will be called Lollipop, will likely arrive on Wednesday along with a massive marketing campaign to help promote the platform. From what we can tell, that marketing campaign will feature Androidified people of all types, coupled with the slogan “be together. not the same.” Clearly, Google wants the world to know that everyone can use Android, not just nerds or elitists or hipsters or the rich or poor. It’s a platform with devices for everyone.

Ads for this new campaign began surfacing tonight, with a number of reddit users finding the individual video files and posting them for the world to see. We have included all three that are currently known below.

Let us know what you think!  (more…)