Android L Developer Preview goes live in AOSP for Nexus devices


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Heads up Android developers: the source code for the Android L Developer Preview is now available in AOSP (well, populating anyway). While the kernel source and drivers weren’t provided, we’re sure Android’s community of developers are already chomping at the bit to sink their teeth into this.

Of course, only the Nexus devices are supported with code for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (WiFi and LTE), Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi and LTE), and Nexus 10. What can you do with this? Not much unless you know your way around Android code. Expect an influx of custom ROMs to hit the forums in the coming days — especially for devices like the Nexus 4 and 7 (2012) that we don’t expect will officially see Android L roll out over-the-air.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Why wouldn’t nexus 4 or 7 receive Android “L”?

  2. I’d love to see this roll out OTA personally.

    1. That is not going to happen until “L”s actual release, this is for people to test and debug the software, so that will happen sooner.

      1. This release means we’re close. Once they announce what desert treat it will be named, and put the little android guy on the front lawn, then we’re within a month of OTA.

  3. This news makes me happy, now I know that my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012) are more than likely to receive the “L” update.

    I am looking forward to compiling this and testing it on my device.

  4. Lol, the code is not complete, as far as I’ve seen they only checkout master gerrit branches and added few commits. Nothing great or final enough to build L for any device…

    EDIT: Seems some repos are even behind master and don’t include any private commit.

  5. Support for older phones, FTW! My grouper and mako sing praises.

  6. I wish my screen wasn’t cracked on my Nexus 7. Wouldn’t mind playing around with Android L.

  7. Well,
    I prefer to wait for its official launch, rather than this preview version. I
    have Nexus 5 on which I recently updated the latest 4.4.4 Kitkat version. Now after
    fully charging my Nexus 5 on wide qi wireless charger, it runs throughout the
    day with normal use. I could say that it is the best Smartphone I have ever had
    till date.

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