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How to install Google’s awesome Android L update right now

Zach Epstein
June 27th, 2014 at 10:20 AM
How To Install Android L

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.

FROM EARLIER: How to give your phone the huge performance boost coming to Android L

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.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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