Android L developer preview available now

Google said it was coming: yesterday at the I/O keynote Google introduced us to all the new features arriving with its introduction of Android L, and while the formal public release (and updates for existing devices) won’t be arriving until the fall, Google told us that a developer preview would be coming out today. A little earlier the Android L SDK went live, and now it’s followed up by Android L system images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

If you’ve got a Nexus 5, you’re good to go, but the Nexus 7 build is only for the WiFi version of its 2013 refresh. Once downloading your respective image (available through that source link below), you’ll be all set to flash and start playing around with Android L. Keep in mind that this isn’t intended for public consumption, and there are likely to be glitches and headaches in store for you early adopters, but you can’t walk on the razor’s edge without hurting your feet a little, right?

If you’d rather not let loose a preview release on one of your own devices, you can always run the Android L preview in an emulator – and Google’s got tips waiting for you on how to go about setting that up.

We’re already downloading ourselves, so be sure to check back a little later on for some of our hands-on experiences with Android L.

Source: Google

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