Google’s I/O 2014 keynote certainly had its ups and downs earlier this week, but the clear highlight as far as we were concerned was Android L. Google’s next Android build, likely named Android 5.0, will feature a number of key changes. For one thing, there are some huge performance enhancements coming in the next major release of Android, though we’ve already told you how to get many of the benefits on your phone right now.
Android L also includes a big user interface redesign that focuses on Google’s new “material design.” It’s a fresh new look for Android that most users will never get to fully enjoy thanks to vendor customizations like Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC’s Sense, but it’s beautiful and well designed.
Google won’t release Android L to the general public for some time yet, but the developer preview is already available and thanks to some handiwork from the hackers on the XDA Developers forum, anyone can install it right now.
All you’ll need is a rooted Nexus 5 and some time on your hands. You’ll also need to be somewhat savvy — this procedure is not for beginners and missteps can end up doing real damage to your phone.
Still interested? Phone Arena has a good guide along with links to all the files you need, and their post is linked below in our source section.