How to download and install the Android L beta update on your Nexus 5
posted by Daniel P. / Jul 01, 2014, 2:13 AM
In addition, Google finally overhauled the aging notifications and multitasking menu systems, boosting them with a Google Now-style cards, plus there are plenty of other visual changes to go around, marked by the new Material Design language that Google plans to use across devices - from smartwatches, through phones and tablets, to cars and TVs. The most delectable visual changes are the redrawn navigational buttons, PlayStation-style, and the color-coded interface sections, but we will also get new default apps, new battery management system, and true 64-bit compiler, named ART.
Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, are getting first dibs at the new Android version, but since the update is still not ready for prime time yet, it's not available as a finished OTA download, so the process of installing it is a bit more convoluted. Here's what you need to do, in order to install Android L on your Nexus 5:As usual, the Google Nexus devices, like
1. Needless to say, you have to have a rooted Nexus 5, with recovery, like TWRP or CWM, installed. If you don't know how to do those, go here to root your Nexus 5, and here on how to to install custom recovery on it.
2. Boot into recovery, and unmount system, then choose the option to wipe the system, data, Dalvik, and cache - you will definitely need a completely clean install, if you are going from Android 4.x, to the new Android L, as we are getting a brand new 64-bit compiler, and tons of changes under the hood that have nothing to do with all versions so far;
3. Flash the customized Android L ROM from recovery;
4. Flash the modified kernel that let's root in, the SuperSU mode, and a new radio - all these are optional, but we'd advise getting them, in order to make your life with the phone easier after the L install;
5. Reboot your Nexus 5, and you are done. Be patient, as the first loading of Android L will take a while, but afterwards you can tinker and play around with it to your heart's desire.
Google Nexus 5 OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4 View Full specs
- Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
- Storage 32 GB
- Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)
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Works with MultiROM as well!
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 2:21 AM 2
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custom root flash suu muu tuu puu bla bla bla... you can install iOS8 Beta to iphone in one click ... :)))))))))
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 2:25 AM 4
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Yah so easy - especially when you get one ore more of these errors trying to update/restore the iDevice. http :// support.apple.com/kb/TS3694 So many vague causes I would rather just do the two commands adb reboot bootloader ./flash-all much easier... even if you have success with iOS still have to click the device, click restore iphone/update click next, click agree, and pray...
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 3:20 PM 0
Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013
Nope. This tutorial taught how to upgrade from existing kitkat OS, so the data wasn't deleted. But remember in Android, there are many CHOICES,(unlike iOs) to do this upgrade. This morning, I flash it using my computer in single one-click (flash-all.bat), but the whole data was deleted. Single one click same as iOs 8 beta. Because you had pulled me in this thing about the beta version installment, I'm sure you upgraded your iPhone/iPad unofficially by using the iOs 8 IPSW so you could bypass the UDID developer account check. The illegal way doesn't count.
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 3:10 AM 0
Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013
what is the essence of one click in installing the beta version of OS? if you talked about the simplicity, let's talk about the data transfer. How much clicks do you need to transfer your songs using iTunes when you could do it only by copy-paste?
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 4:21 AM 4
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LOL... Have you ever had an android device? So many times I've upgraded my Note 2 from Jelly Bean 4.1 to 4.2 to 4.3 to KitKat with one click and without data loss too. Now I'm waiting for Android L update from Samsung. Does iOS have a sub $100 phone for developing countries? I'm still waiting the day when Apple can make a brand new sub $100 phone.
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 4:37 AM 1
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the status bar icons on the preview are a bit different with images from Google, aren't they?
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 3:07 AM 0
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It's a DEVELOPER PREVIEW!
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 3:41 AM 0
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