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Android L’s official release is getting closer and while some tech enthusiasts are tinkering with Google’s latest mobile operating system, OEMs are already preparing their hardware for Mountain View’s new software. Quite possibly the busiest of the bunch, Samsung appears to be testing Android L on its Galaxy S5 and the folks at SamMobile have managed to get their hands on a rough build of the forthcoming software.

Sharing a glimpse of what’s possibly on the way to GS5 and future Note 4 owners, the publication published a lengthy video of what was referred to as Android L build LRW58J in action. Purists beware, this software is far from vanilla, as it’s weighed down by a new version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Not a complete mess, Samsung’s refreshed Android skin appears to take its cues from Google’s new Material Design language.

Improved presentation aside, this is reportedly an alpha build of Android L with TouchWiz, so try not to look too deeply into those performance hiccups.

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