Step-wise tutorial to install Android L Developer Preview

Curious to know how to install Android L beta on your Kitkat device even before the official release of latest Android L OS? Want to know the process of Google Android L installation? Kindly read further to check out the step by step tutorial to install Android L on Nexus devices. Here, you will understand how easy it is download Android L on Nexus 5, Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 devices.

Yes, it is finally here. Android addicts around the world gave a huge shout of joy when they heard that the beta version of Android L had released earlier this month. Though the official release of Android L will happen later this year along with launch of Google Nexus 6 smartphone, the beta version (Android L developer preview) is out there for all Android fans. The L Preview can be installed on Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7, but it would not be advisable unless it's a spare phone or tablet as yet. The reason behind this is because it is not a stable release yet and there might be errors still present in the operating system that could cause some serious damage to your computer system and the data.

So, before anything else, let's warn you that there could be damage by installing the Android L preview but the great news is that everything can be set back to the earlier factory settings. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that you take a backup of the data so that you don't lose anything. To help you install and enjoy the features of the new Android OS, I have listed a step-by-step guide to download Android L in this article.

Steps for installing Android L beta version on Nexus devices

  1. The first thing you need to do is download a 2MB installer that has the Android ADB and the fastboot tools, this forms the XDA thread that is absolutely essential to download the Android L image. Plus, this is a lot safer and easier than taking the entire Android SDK – it's huge in size and not really necessary if you want to install Android L beta version. When you download the files, don't bother changing the location of the file. It will install right and you should be with a command prompt window.

  2. Installing Android L for Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 is quite simple. Based on your device (Nexus 5 or Nexus 7), download the OS beta version. You can find both versions at Setting Up Preview SDK

    Android Preview SDK Setup

    Apart from this, you also require a utility file like the 7 zip that can pull or extract the files from the .tgz format. Keep in mind that you need to extract the files twice, as a .tar file the second time. Once you have the files extracted, store them in the same ADB and fastboot folder. If you haven't got the location, here it is c:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Then go to the 'About phone' section in the settings of the phone. Tap the build number options 7 times and this will unhide the developed options. I f you are on Android 4.2 or ahead. You would not get this option; you would have to enable USB debugging. You can then download the Google USB driver and extract the files from Google USB Driver Package

  3. Your Nexus would be connected to the USB and would be switched on, go to the devices and printers tab on the control panel of your laptop. Your phone would be listed as an MTP (under multimedia devices). Go to the properties, the hardware tab and then choose Nexus 5 in the options, and update the driver to the same folder. You must allow USB debugging again.

  4. Restart the phone while connected to the USB in the fastboot mode. The lock state can be opened in CMD prompt by 'fastboot oem unlock'. You can erase the device by selting the option (using volume button).

  5. You can complete the Google Android L installation by typing flash-all. Once complete, lock bootloader and start the device in the fastboot mode. Your phone would be in the state as in step 4, unlock similarly. Remember that you stand no risk in losing data when you lock the device, but only when you unlock the device.

If you do not wish to download this Android L beta update, you can even install the latest Nova Launcher with Android L features to get a feel of the Material design OS. For further details about how to get this Nova Launcher, please refer Android L features with latest Nova Launcher

Read Nexus 5 Android Lollipop update reviewed here

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Author: Sudhib Balakrishnan02 Aug 2014 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 0

Good One :)

Author: Ramchandra15 Feb 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Nice information shared in this article about how to install the Android L developer software but I think that this software will not be easy for common users to operate on Android device as it may damage the default software in the device if operated wrongly.

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