As promised, Google has finally released a developer preview of Android L. Unlike previous Android releases where Google instantly made Android updates available for download after they were announced the Google IO event, this time Google has pushed a developer preview instead.
This is actually a good decision since this will developers to optimize their apps until the final version is rolled out to the public later this fall. Android L, which as announced a few days back in the Google IO event, brings over an entirely new user interface to Android with its new “ Material design “ theme. The demos shown at the Google IO event were impressive and right now we can’t wait to try it out ourselves.
Unfortunately the developer preview of Android L is only available for the Nexus 5 and the WiFi version of Nexus 7.
Since this is only a preview version of Android L, you are definitely to experience a lot of bugs and errors, which is why we won’t advise everyone to try this out on their phone. The developer preview is only meant for developers, however if you have a spare device with you, feel free to try out the Nexus L developer preview on your own risk.
The Android L preview image can be downloaded from the below links.
- Download Android L preview image for Nexus 7 “ Razor” (Wi-Fi)
- Download Android L preview image for Nexus 5 “ Hammerhead “ (GSM/LTE)
Once you have downloaded the above images, you can follow the instructions provided here to flash the Android L preview image on a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 WiFi model.
To know about what’s new in Android L, head over to this article : Android L announced at Google IO 2014 , here’s what’s new.