Introducing Android L To Your Nexus, Step by Step Procedure of Installation Using Fastboot Method

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During ?Google I/O 2014, Google introduced a surfeit of goodness which is quite remarkable; from Android TV to Android Car to Android Gear. They have one thing in common, Android.

Since we are talking about Androids, Google also introduced its developer preview of the latest version of Android OS. And I’m pretty sure that most of us are thrilled to have this greatest and latest version of Android.

So, let’s get started!

It’s fortunate that Google has made a developer preview for Nexus 7?2013-edition and Nexus 5, and here’s how you install Google L for such devices.

To start off, make sure that your device is unlocked or rooted. You should also download ADB and fastboot in order for you to flash Android L.

If you are not familiar with ADB or Android Debug Bridge, this permits you to send terminal commands like Linux shell to your phone whether it’s turned on, booted or in a recovery mode.?On the other hand, fastboot is a tool you need when you want to modify your phone’s firmware.

These tools are extremely large downloads, so if you know how to flash a ROM on your device, then that would be a great help.

If you only need to download ADB, here’s your 15 seconds ADB installer.

For ADB and Fastboot plus screenshots, download it here.

For ADB, Fastboot and Android SDK, download it here.

Warning: Before proceeding please make sure to back up all your data.

Let’s now proceed in installing your Android L.

  1. Download Android L factory image here. Download the necessary .tgz file for Nexus 7 or Nexus 5.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file and place it to your Desktop for ?easy access and name it ADT Bundle.
  3. Connect you Nexus device to your PC via USB. Make sure that debug mode is enabled. If you’re not familiar with it, ?go to Settings?->?Developer Options -> USB debugging?should have a check mark.
  4. Open command line for Android Debug Bridge(ADB) and access your device’s bootloader by ?entering adb reboot boatloader
  5. Navigate to the factory image folder which we named ADT Bundle.
  6. Enter flash-all ,this would run the installation script.

The installation script may take a moment to run and same with your device ?on boot activity.

Once your Nexus boots, log in and you’re good to go!

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