Developers with Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 device can now install a preview of the latest version of Google’s operating system, Android L. This means if you use Nexus 5 phone or Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi tablet, you can download the relevant OS file from Google servers and install them on your device. The whole process is not all that simple for normal users. In other words, Google doesn’t want non-tech users to use preview versions of Android. These versions are meant for developers. However, if you are curious about Android L and wants to try it out, follow the below steps to get this version of Android that most of the users will only get by the end of this year.
Installation Of Android L On Nexus 5 From Windows 7 PC:
1. Download the relevant Android L OS file.
2: Go to developer options on your Nexus 5 phone. Go to Settings -> About Phone and then tap on the build number 7. Once that is done, you will find developer options in your Settings menu.
3: Open developer options and ensure USB Debugging is ticked.
4: Check if your computer has the relevant drivers required for Nexus 5. If not, download the drivers.
5: Ensure that you have ADB and Fastboot Installed.
6: Connect your phone to computer and open ADB. Type adb reboot bootloader. Your phone will go into recovery mode. Check the screen and see that for Bootloader status it shows unlocked.
7: Probably your phone will have the locked bootloader. In order to unlock it, type fastboot oem unlock. Follow instructions on your phone screen. This will unlock bootloader and do a factory reset of the phone.
8: Disconnect and reconnect your phone to PC. You can to go settings again, check developer options and choose USB debugging.
9: Unzip the Android L file you had downloaded. Create a new folder with a simple name like Android and put all the files in it. Place this folder into Minimal ADB and Fastboot Folder available in your computer’s program folder.
10: Hold SHIFT key and right click on the Minimal ADB and Fastboot folder. From the menu, choose “Open Command Window here”.
11: With your phone connected, type adb reboot bootloader.
12: Navigate to the folder where Android L files are stored.
13: Type flash-all in the command window.
If you’ve carefully followed the above steps, Android L will be installed on your phone. It will take up to 10-15 minutes.
Note: The preview versions are likely to have bugs, so once you install the Android L you may find a few things not working in your phone. Installing Android L may delete all your data on the phone. Take a back up of your photos, music, files or any other data before installing the new OS.