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

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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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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20 Responses

  1. dando says:

    ‘tang ina, parang playstation ang on-screen buttons

  2. Yousef says:

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

  3. deviljhun says:

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

  4. Easy E says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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. Pipoy says:

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

  8. BENCHMARK says:

    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. ned says:

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

  10. lol says:

    Nagsearch ng ‘SCANDAL’ hahahaha

  11. rjp913 says:

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

  12. Dan says:

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

  13. Patrick says:

    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 says:

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

  15. tony says:

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

  16. Joshua says:

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

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