Android phone owners can use the latest versions of the operating system for the first time since the iPhone’s introduction, and for the very first time with a new phone that can be used to run Android apps on an iPhone.
The new software, which Google has dubbed Android L, is available in a handful of countries as a download-only release.
Here’s what you need to know.
What is Android L?
Android L is the latest version of Android, the operating-system version that was first released in January.
It’s the successor to the popular Android operating system, which is available on almost every Android smartphone, tablet, and PC, as well as some Apple iPhones and iPads.
It offers a few major new features over Android L1, including better performance, more storage space, a new user interface, and better security and privacy settings.
Google announced Android L in October 2015, and Android LL was available in Google Play, the Google Store, and the Google Play Music Store before it was officially released.
How does it work?
Android phones are essentially Google’s version of iOS.
Unlike iOS, which allows apps to access the same services and content that apps on iOS can, Android phones use an app store to provide the apps that you’ll find in Google’s apps, such as Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos.
To download Android L for the iPhone, you need an iOS device with iOS 6.1 or higher, and you’ll also need to download a free app called Google Play Services.
For the latest update to Android L on Android phones, you’ll need to use the Google Android app and download the update from Google Play.
Android L isn’t available in all countries.
It can only be downloaded in the United States and Canada, where Apple and Google have both announced plans to make Android L available.
What do I need to do to install Android L L?
Once you download Android Le, you can install it to your device as a regular app.
You’ll need a device running iOS 6 or higher to install it, so you’ll have to sign in to the Google account that you’re using.
Then, open the Android app on your iPhone or iPad.
You should see a notification that your phone has been installed and you can then install the update.
When you do, you will be prompted to install the new version of the app.
It won’t work on older iPhones and tablets.
What apps can I use Android L with?
If you already have Google Play apps, you’re not going to need to install them, but if you want to install new Google apps, the update will work with them.
For example, if you already own Gmail, you may need to upgrade the app to use Google Photos for your photos.
The only exceptions to this are Gmail, which only supports Gmail on Android L. Apps that you don’t own will not work with Android L and will need to be installed separately.
In other words, if your Gmail account already has Gmail, but you don “own” a Gmail account, you don, too, because Google will no longer offer Google Photos on Android Le.
Android Le is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 5.0 and later, and works on both iPhone and iPad.
In addition, the phone version of Google Play has been updated to support Android L so you can use it with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Google Play will continue to support iOS, Android, and Windows devices with Google Play services.
The Google Play Store is also compatible with Android Le and the Android Play Store for Mac.
What if I lose my phone or tablet?
Android Le won’t delete your phone or device, but it won’t be able to install a new version.
Instead, Android Le will delete your files and apps, and if you delete those, you won’t see the old version again.
For this reason, it’s best to wipe your device before installing the new update.
Google also recommends backing up all your data, as wiping a phone or deleting a large number of apps could damage the data and potentially cause your phone to stop working.
You can find more details on this on the Google support site.
Can I still use the old Android L version on a new device?
Yes, you should still be able use the older Android L software on an Android device running Android 6.0 or later, but the older version won’t run apps that are compatible with the new Android L feature.
For more information on Android devices, read our article: How to install and use Android apps in the new iPhone.
Is there a way to get Google Play on an iOS phone?
You can use a phone running iOS 4.4 or earlier to get the latest updates to Android, but that only works with iOS versions that support Google Play content.
For iOS versions on older versions of iOS, you still can use an iPhone running iOS 3.2 or earlier, but those devices won’t have the latest Android L updates.
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