Google has introduced Android L, although it won’t release the new version until the fall. However, developers who already have a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7, can already install Android L using the tutorial that we are going to talk about next. If you are not a developer, you can also install the new version, the only essential thing is to have a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7.
In order to install Android L on the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, it is necessary to have the drivers installed so that our Windows computer can recognize the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. Download the drivers and install them if you don’t have them.
You must also have Fastboot and ADB, which will be the tools that will allow you to manage your smartphone or tablet from your computer. Download Fastbook and ADB on your computer, and unzip the folder in the root folder of your hard drive.
Of course, you must have the new version of Android L. Download it and store it in the folder that you have unzipped where Fastboot and ADB are located.
1.- Start the command prompt
To start the command prompt, you must go to Run … and then enter the text “cmd”. In Windows 7 you will find this option in the Start Menu. In Windows 8, this option is when using the right mouse button on the desktop.
2.- Access the folder where Fastboot and ADB are located
To access the folder where Fastboot and ADB are located from the command prompt, we must write “CD /”, and press Enter. Thus, we will be in the root folder of the hard drive. Now, you have to access the folder where Fastboot and ADB are located, we should have moved it to the root folder of the hard drive. To do this, you have to write «CD Android», and press Enter.
3.- Restart the Nexus in Bootloader mode
Now, we are going to restart the Nexus 5, or the Nexus 7, in Bootloader mode, in order to install Android L. To do this, first we turn off the Nexus 5, or the Nexus 7. If it is the Nexus 5, to start in Bootloader mode, you have to press the volume up and down keys and the power key at the same time. If it is the Nexus 7, you have to press the volume down key and the power key.
4.- Check that the Nexus is connected
Before starting the Android L installation process, check that the Nexus is connected. To do this, you only need to type “fastboot devices”, and press Enter. If the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 is connected correctly, then a reference will appear.
5.- Unlock the bootloader
In order to install Android L, it is necessary to unlock the bootloader. To do this, just type “fastboot oem unlock”. On the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 you will have to confirm with the volume key.
6.- Install Android L
Now, we only have to install Android L on the Nexus 5 or Nexus 7. We must write “flash-all.bat”. When the process is complete, we will have Android L on our Nexus 5 or Nexus 7.
Keep in mind that this version of Android L might not work perfectly, as it is a version for developers. However, they will update it and include some improvements. In any case, it is possible to install Android 4.4.4 KitKat if we find that Android L does not work well. You can already see the operation of Android L on a Nexus 7.