Android “L” vs Android KitKat – visual comparison of UI

There are a lot of new things to watch out for once the new Android L update rolls out. We have been promised of a performance boost and better battery life, but one of the aspects that’s going to get a major facelift is its layout design. You have an idea on what the new UI would look like and we’re sure you’d want to see it compared with the current Android KitKat. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two.The images on the left are the ones from the new Android L, while on the right are Android KitKat’s.

New Settings Menu
More attractive Calendar
Calendar events
Simpler Search function
Google Keep
Sliders across the board have been redesigned
People (contacts)
Google Hangouts
App settings
The stock Android Email app sees some changes, too.

As you’ve noticed, the upcoming Android L works closely with more colored panels rather than the existing OS. Indeed it is more eye-catching and inviting for the user while having a simpler and cleaner layout. Icons are also smaller and are stacked up neatly. They are also flatter and resemble tile-like shapes seen on Windows 8.

How do you like the layout so far compared to Android KitKat? Are you ready to jump in when this update officially launches or would you rather prefer KitKat’s mostly monochromatic design?

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20 Comments on this Post

  1. ‘tang ina, parang playstation ang on-screen buttons

    • yun din ang una kong napansin! dapat nga nilagyan na nila ng close button yung apps, tapos X yung icon, para kumpleto na ang buttons ng Playstation.

  2. Yousef

    Nice article! Thank you, Google! Guess I’ll be sticking to Android for now.

  3. deviljhun

    nice! Question lng po does it have a dark accent theme? napansin ko kasi puro white accent lng ung screenshots.

  4. Easy E

    Glad to see that in ‘People’, there are more options what to do with a certain contact other than to call and send a message. And the dialer is not integrated to ‘people’. HIndi lang talaga ako marunong sa android k. Pareho ba ang android one at android L? Katamad magbasa sa net.

  5. berkano

    Their web-app for note taking, has actually followed the design language for quite a while and no one has noticed its connection to Material Design. A proof that only a few people use Google Keep.

  6. evollove

    Love it or hate it, flat, minimalist UIs are here to stay. After Win8’s Metro and the current web design trend, it’s been seeping into other areas as well.

  7. nice UY. The icons shoud also be changes. if none, its like google fasten the released.


    it looks like MS nga…well I don’t know but I still prefer the black back draft…hinde masakit sa mata and medyo tipid ata sa bat yun…sa idea ko lang ha.

    Also it looks like the gmail built in email app…which I somehwhat hate.

  9. White/gray background for keyboard? Am I right to say that white(light) colors consume more battery than black (dark) colors.

  10. Nagsearch ng ‘SCANDAL’ hahahaha

  11. rjp913

    its a clear rip off of IOS7!
    shows why google and samsung goes well together.

  12. Wow. Android, iOS and WP are starting to alike!

  13. Patrick

    It’s almost like the current iOS design. Ano ba Android when will you have a stable UI? it’s like Android is changing every version, parang wala Ng identity and halatang derived from the two other OS’s. Android changes versions to get more sales and for people to buy and replace their old ones, not to improve and enhance performance. It’s a bad gimmick, look at Windows Phone, its update is regular and it is future-proof, makes sure it lives up to what users need.

  14. qwerty

    wtf all WHITE?! but im a night owl! there must be an option for a black background theme or else..

  15. ginawang makulay talaga. mukha na talagang ios! tsaka ang pangit ng on screen buttons…

  16. Somehow, its like the ZenUI from Asus to me. (Zenfone5 user here)


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