Android L preview factory images arrive for Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi and Nexus 5

June 26, 2014

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Android L is a major change from previous Android builds, in that they are not only are they waiting months after announcing it before they ship the final version, they are also introducing a developer’s preview. Yesterday we were promised that the preview would arrive sometime on June 26th, and now the moment we’ve been waiting for is here! The Android L factory images have touched down for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi, and you can get them now by visiting Google’s developer page.

Before you start downloading, keep in mind that this is a PREVIEW, and that means there are bugs and other issues present. There are also likely missing features that will end up in the final L release this fall. Bottom-line, proceed at your own risk. For developers, the Android L and Android Wear SDKs have also gone live! You can get more information about that by clicking here.

Comments

  • Gil Alexandel German Zorrilla

    Please Show me a preview, I Do not have a Nexus 5 or 7.

    • Jayfeather787

      I have a Nexus 5, and I will try to post screen shots as soon as I can. Really excited!

    • MasterMuffin

      Youtube will probably have a lot of videos soon

  • MasterMuffin

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES x100

    • Jayfeather787

      That’s rape but YES I agree!!!

      • MasterMuffin

        Shift button never knew what hit it

        • Jayfeather787

          Race you to install the images! :P

          • MasterMuffin

            I just got on my computer, not fair! Should have started the download on my phone :)

          • Jayfeather787

            Flashing it now!!!

          • MasterMuffin

            You win. I hope it’s bricked ;P

          • Jayfeather787

            Finished! Woah!! The boot animation is awesome!!!

          • Jayfeather787

            I think it might be in a bootloop.

          • MasterMuffin

            Schadenfreude is strong :P

          • Jayfeather787

            Never mind just finished boot

          • Jayfeather787

            It’s so sexy!! The animations are beautiful!!

          • TDioWS

            No youtube videos yet D: Please submit one!

          • Jayfeather787

            I will post screenshots.

          • TDioWS

            Well, It’s something. Thank’s!

          • Jayfeather787

            ok, just got 10

          • Jayfeather787

            Volume

          • Jayfeather787

            App drawer

          • Jayfeather787

            App drawer page 2

          • Jayfeather787

            Quicksettings

          • Jayfeather787

            Settings

          • Jayfeather787

            Recents.
            That’s all for now

          • MasterMuffin

            Just the lock screen made me so happy

          • Jayfeather787

            Oh I havent even seen that!! Just went straight to home screen. Just saw the lockscreen. This is incredible

          • Jayfeather787

            Volume panel

          • Jayfeather787

            Lock screen

          • Jayfeather787

            Phone dialer

          • Jayfeather787

            Android easter egg. Have no idea what it is.

          • Elbert Jann Demasu-ay

            It’s Webdriver Torso :D Google it and you’ll be surprised

          • MasterMuffin

            What the hell :D

          • TDioWS

            First thing that came to my mind. Seems like Google is trolling us again :D

          • TDioWS

            Aw man, now I’m curious if one of those auto-generated videos have the name of the dessert or something.

          • Elbert Jann Demasu-ay

            LOL :O Just subscribe to WebDriver Torso so you’re up to date :P

          • TDioWS

            And get to see a new video of red and blue rectangles every 2 minutes? I prefer to continue believing that it will be named Lava Cake :D

          • Desintegrator2

            Can you tell us if Whatsapp is working? If so, i might consider flashing it. Thanks :)

          • Jayfeather787

            Ther is no reason why Whatsapp would not work.

          • Desintegrator2

            Last time it had problems with ART, i just thought with the Updated ART there could be some of the problems back.

          • Jayfeather787

            I don’t know and I really dislike Whatsapp, but I think that they fixed the compatibility with ART. Should work fine. Might install it later.

          • Desintegrator2

            Okay, one last question, is german language included? :D I might expect too much from a dev preview but yeah, it would be nice.

          • MasterMuffin

            It is

          • Jayfeather787

            Just tried, it works fine.

          • Jayfeather787

            Just launcher

          • Jayfeather787

            developer options

          • Jayfeather787

            More insteresting developer options

          • Jayfeather787

            developer options 3

          • Jayfeather787

            developer options 4

          • asd

            Does it come with a night theme because id hate to have the white background constantly

          • Jayfeather787

            doesnt look like it

          • Jayfeather787

            keyboard

          • Jayfeather787

            Nova launcher

          • TDioWS

            New video player on the way? huuuum

          • Jayfeather787

            wifi settings.

          • Jayfeather787

            And on a Nexus 7 2013.

          • TDioWS

            Wow, everything looks really nice! Thank’s for the screenshots! :D

            (My only hope is that they update all the icons soon!)

          • mayank baluni

            what is incredible?

          • Jayfeather787

            EVERYTHING!!!!!

          • Jason Kim

            New UI looks like that of LG G3

          • TDioWS

            The quick settings look pretty neat!

          • Sachin

            That Setting icon is hideous.

          • MasterMuffin

            Antutuuuu

          • MasterMuffin

            Quadrant

          • Jayfeather787

            no

          • Jayfeather787

            This is a little strange.

          • MasterMuffin

            I always get the devices with the slowest silicon :'(

          • Jayfeather787

            Maybe later

          • MasterMuffin

            I posted a picture, it shows after you update the page :)

          • Jayfeather787

            oh didnt see that. And the quadrant. Sorry

          • MasterMuffin

            The scores are pretty low (my s3 gets 21000 in antutu and 8000 in quadrant), but this is a preview and ART has always given lower scores than Dalvik

          • Jayfeather787

            yep. Even if the benchmarks are lower, this feels a lot faster and better than kit kat and jellybean.

          • MasterMuffin

            And looks amazing (mandatory picture)

          • Jayfeather787

            You posted that in the live blog thing, and I was… perplexed. That blog was not fun for me. The moderator didn’t seem to like me. Mostly because I was cursing Zomer out, but I think it was personal as well.

          • MasterMuffin

            From one of my favourite animes :’) Yea I saw him saying something about spam, but I didn’t see what it was about. I think it was Hindy BTW

          • Jayfeather787

            Wow. Scores are indeed lower.

          • TDioWS

            I was expecting new icons for everything, but maybe later this year :D

          • Gil Alexandel German Zorrilla

            Is the Developer Preview man, I Hope!

          • Jayfeather787

            Nexus 7 2013

          • Jayfeather787

            Settings

          • Jayfeather787

            Maybe video later

          • MasterMuffin

            I wonder if flashing TWRP would work and then rooting. I’d take video (I know you can do it through ADB but it’s not the same and only 30sec :/)

          • Jayfeather787

            dont know

          • AndroidBoss

            Look up droidlife he has a walkthrough of Android L.

          • TDioWS

            Yeah, already watched it :D

        • Guest

          get a room… :)

          • MasterMuffin

            Too busy testing everything :D

      • Melad360

        does your camera take pictures?

        • Jayfeather787

          Let me check. Haven’t tried it yet.

          • Jayfeather787

            It’s working fine for me.

          • Melad360

            weird, mine freezes as soon as I press the shutter button :/

          • Jayfeather787

            Try wiping the camera app cache. It’s in settings>apps>camera and click clear cache. Reboot and try again.

          • Melad360

            I fixed it. enabling the nuplayer in Dev settings causes that to happen. you can reproduce by enabling it then trying to take a picture (you might have to reboot, idk). to fix, just disable that option and reboot. first major bug I’ve seen in L, as well as the graphical glitches in the google keyboard with the floating preview for gesture typing :p

          • Jayfeather787

            Ok great you got it fixed. I also noticed the floating preview for gesture typing bug.

          • Melad360

            yeah I was about to switch back to kk lol. I posted the 2 issues in the google bug tracker thing so if more people see the problem they can star it

  • Phil Rigby

    How’s the stability so far (after an hour of using it :-) ) Does Chrome seem snappier? (iPhone/iOS pun)

    • Jayfeather787

      It’s okay so far.

    • MasterMuffin

      I had to reboot because the set up crashed. After that Google Play tried to restore my apps but crashed and I had to force close it and now I’m downloading my apps. No major problems

      • Jayfeather787

        That didn’t happen to me.

        • MasterMuffin

          It could be triggered by anything. Different language for example

          • Jayfeather787

            Yep. It has happened on other devices on jellybean. Very common,

  • Phil Rigby

    Installing it now. Feels like Xmas :-)

    • Phil Rigby

      Dammit. Stuck on “Google” power-on screen…

      • Phil Rigby

        Weird. Got into Fastboot, 443 wouldn’t work either, got 442 back on, phone booted, updated to 443 then 444, tried again, same thing. Looks like I won’t be having any L goodness for a while…

        • Jayfeather787

          Are you flashing using Linux or Windows?

          • Phil Rigby

            Windows. I ended basically extracting all the files and running each line of flash-all by hand. Then it worked perfectly. Loving it – although both Twitter and TweetCast Pro FC immediately on opening. Google+ has FC’d on me a couple of times too after being in Photos… but hell, it’s alpha/beta so who cares! :-D

          • Jayfeather787

            :)

    • Melad360

      you have to flash userdata too

      • Phil Rigby

        Owe you a beer

  • http://droidcent.com/ Marsel

    I’m sorry but am I the only one who thinks those are some ugly navbar buttons, why Google whyyyyy. Should of maybe modernized them a little but left them somewhat the same those are hideous.

    • MasterMuffin

      I also think they don’t look that good, but I don’t care because I’ll change them as soon as I get root :)

      • Marco Lancaster

        Maybe google has made root process more complicated with L, but let’s wait DEVs with his hardcore powers of rooting.

        • MasterMuffin

          This will be rooted tomorrow. Or at least by sunday. I guarantee it :)

          • Jayfeather787

            I wonder if I can just flash TWRP on this and then try flashing the SuperSU.zip by chainfire. Hmmmm. Going to try that tomorrow. Still enjoying the speed and beauty of L.

          • MasterMuffin

            Not going to work, but great news, multirom works with L and the dev has also provided flashable zip of L release with working root http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2571011

      • http://droidcent.com/ Marsel

        Yea I feel you, also I’m sure any custom Android L rom will feature an option to change the image’s as almost every custom ROM’s have done in the past.

        • MasterMuffin

          I’m sure that there’ll also be even more flashable modded key zips than now, because it seems many people don’t like them

  • Melad360

    anyones camera not snapping pics on L?

  • smokebomb

    Anyone know if there are available custom builds for note 3, moto x etc.?

  • Kyle Kennedy

    So will this not work on the LTE variant of the Nexus 7 2013?

  • Rohan Kale

    The new ui is so simple and cool
    …. now i have to w8 for the update to hit my moto g

  • Phil Rigby

    In case anyone wants to root their Android L install – http://forum.xda-developers.com/google-nexus-5/general/how-to-root-android-l-t2796419