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Android L Preview Hits AOSP for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 (Updated)

When Google released the Android L Developer Preview last week to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), I can imagine that a number of you were disappointed – namely those with a Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) or Nexus 10. While Google still hasn’t released flashable images for any of those devices today, they have pushed Android L code for each to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which means that your favorite developer will likely having something for you shortly in the form of a ROM

Once that happens and you get to flashing, you may want to cruise through the substantial list of Android L features we have already covered in a number of posts. You will find overviews of goodies like the new Quick Settings Panel, multi-tasking,  managing notifications, Heads-Up notifications, an improved Android Beam, Do Not Disturb mode, and more. To catch the full list, you will want to start here.

AOSP Links:  Nexus 5 | Nexus 4 | Nexus 10 | Nexus 7 (2013) | Nexus 7 (2013) LTE | Nexus 7 (2012) | Nexus 7 (2012) 3G

Update:  As has been noted in the comments, this is not full source, so no ROMs just yet. Meh.

  • Shradhha Waikar

    Yes Here is the Video tutorial to Install Android L on Nexus 7 2012


  • Jeffrey Fazal

    Well, I will try to update this preview version of Android L on my Nexus 4 to experience it, once it get fully charged on wireless car charger dock. This is the only reason why I purchased Nexus series Smartphones over others because it comes with a guarantee of being upgraded to new versions of Android before other devices.

  • JP

    So they are killing the version numbers so people can’t see what versions they have? It’s a good way to hide security updates being so late and prevents Apple from rubbing their latest OS adoption rate in their face.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    I’m confused. Will it always be known as “L” or will it be given a dessert name eventually?

    • rodney11ride

      its a wild guess but maybe switching to “L” then “M” and so on… maybe “L.1”

    • TylerChappell

      In the Google I/O keynote, they trolled what the final name for L would be. So yes, as it has always been, there WILL be some sort of dessert/sweet/candy name for dare I say…Android 5.0? Since they did something new this year by releasing the developer preview, it was just best for them to call it “Android L” without spoiling any fun surprises for the official release in October (possibly October 24th since other screenshots had 10:24 as the clock time)

  • Arjit Mehra

    Cm team might not even release the ‘L’ Rom as it’s a dev preview and things might change.(Stated by koush on G+)

  • Justin

    Hey I got a question, I’m sort of a noob when it comes to flashing but I’ve done it a few times successfully back when I had my Droid X and also on my Razr. Anyway I want to try and flash Android L Preview on my nexus 7 2012 and when I click on the link above it brings me to a page with like 3 links “tree” “parent” and “parent” my question is which one do I click on/use if I want to put Android L Preview on my nexus 7 2012. Any help would be appreciated. thanks ….oh and if you know any How-To links that might help me that would be appreciated too. Thanks

    • Arjit Mehra

      Lol,dude,as the writer stated,no flashable images available as of yet.Read before commenting.

      • Justin

        sorry my bad lol I feel stupid now after reading the article again, like I said I’m a noob when it comes to this. But how do you get it on your device? Whats the correct way? Like if I want to put Android L onto my nexus 7 2012 how do I do it? thanks. any help would be appreciated.

        • Arjit Mehra

          Flash when Google releases the factory images

  • IheartVerizon

    No Galaxy Nexus?!? Damn you Verizon

    • JSo

      I’m pretty sure it was Google’s choice to stop supporting the Galaxy Nexus. But yeah, I agree, Damn you Verizon.

      • JoshGroff

        It was, the GSM model isn’t on the list either.

      • IheartVerizon

        I don’t need your rhetoric verizon! #FreetheGalaxyNexus

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        TI stopped supporting their chipset. The last “stable” drivers being for 4.1, which passably worked in 4.2 and 4.3, but are completely broken in 4.4. Reverse-engineering or hacking around a broken firmware is not something you would expect from a company like Google, and without anyone on-staff who completely understood the TI chip from top to bottom, getting spun-up on the development would have taken a pretty long time as well. So they did the prudent thing and cut their losses. Kind of like Nvidia hanging HTC out to dry with KK and the T3i chipset. If the chipset OEM doesn’t want to invest the money in updates, there is jack-all the ODM can do about it but suck it up, apologize, and move on.

        • akazerotime

          IDK, Shiny ROM has been really good on my GNEX with 4.4.4. It must be smoke and mirrors he is doing it with.

          • derk p

            my buddy uses that on his gnex as well… data seems flaky for him but its his daily driver

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    • Synacks

      Wow I have a friend with a GNex and I make it my duty to inform him that his phone is as old as dirt and completely obsolete every time I see him. Please just upgrade already.

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    • JunkoXXX

      Are you an idiot.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Sweet to know as a Nexus 4 owner. Perfect last update hopefully. Official anyway. Hoping it gets this update.

    • Eric R.

      It’s great for Nexus 7 owners too. I was worried I’d be stuck on Kit Kat less than two years later

  • mattdonders

    Bill Yi posted on Google Groups to point out that this was an update for some GPL projects, but it’s not a complete platform update. Subsequent comments revealed that an l-preview branch was created for many non-GPL licensed projects, but the contents of those branches match the current state of their related Master branch. There’s still a lot to be taken from this update, but full custom builds won’t be possible yet.

    • DanSan

      but i want custom romzzz!!

  • Scott Capodice

    Ok, so it’s “Android L”? Thats it? I’ve been reading and watching and waiting about the new version of Android, but we’re just going with a letter as the new name? No new sweet name? I thought key lime pie was better than kit kat, but whatever. I remember waiting for Gingerbread….now i wait for “L”…what’s the L for? LAME? Why the break in the tradition? Anyone know?

    • JSo

      They will most likely reveal the name when it is officially released in the fall. “L” is just a placeholder.

    • Raj Bhatt

      They haven’t decided what the actual name will be yet.

    • Dude, don’t get your panties in a bunch. This is a preview, the final software will be released, as usual in the fall with a dessert name.

    • Android L sounds fine to me. I don’t see why you have your panties in a bunch

    • joejoe5709

      I wish my life was as awesome as yours so that little details like this would matter.

      • Scott Capodice

        Wow… What an awesome community this has turned into. /sarc…. It was a question. My panties are not in a bunch. I don’t remember calling kit kat/key lime pie Android K. Which is why I asked. What I didn’t ask for was rude comments….

        • KingofPing

          …there was no preview for “K”…./smh

        • factsschmacts

          I wonder if they’re calling it L while trying to find a marketing partner, like they did with Kit Kat. Maybe they’re trying to strike a deal with Life Savers or something.

          • Scott Capodice

            You might be on to something there. Never thought about that. 😉

        • John

          Yeah, its the communities fault, not yours. /s

    • i dont like it either honestly

  • JSo

    I read it wasn’t the full source. So, most likely, no ROMs yet.

  • Still only a preview with a lot of things missing and changes to come. Nothing to get excited over.

  • Primey_
  • BiggiePhat

    …this is not full AOSP. Its missing kernel and binaries.

    • Updated.

    • Guy Pierce

      So no Paranoid on my G2? Sad day!!! I’m sure it will be ready in a week.

      • JSo

        Even if Google did release the whole source. The Paranoid Android team may chose to wait until the final “L” release” to start building with Android L. Cyanogenmod has already said they wont do anything with the preview build.

        • Guy Pierce

          Your probably right. Just super excited I guess!

    • Android_09

      Never go full AOSP!

  • Guest

    Gone? I can’t see any mention of Android L on the N4 page