Android L preview code hitting AOSP for current Nexus devices

While the Android L preview isn't intended for daily use, there are plenty of us who want to have a peek at the source code. In a few hours, we'll be able to as it's populating right now. You can check the list of devices on the Android Git repo page.

The devices currently with build targets are all Nexus devices — understandably — and include:

While most of us won't be able to do much with this, your favorite ROM developer will be able to. We'll be looking for more on that front in a day or two.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Insert cheers from all those crying nexus 4 users. Posted via Android Central App
  • and N7 (20212) users
  • Whoa. That's some Nexus you got there. That thing should be running Android 1000. NexusLogic - Working on his Nexus 7 in the Nexus Lab
  • I am from the future /All hail the great and powerful Nexus
    //Sorry, we only made it to Yule Log so far
    /// damn X.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x releases
  • Has FIrefly been rebooted by Michael Bay yet?
  • Michael Bay was executed after Transformers XXI caused widespread blindness and stupidity. Firefly never made it back, yet everyone on the neural-net brings it up all the damn time for no good reason. Posted via Android Central App
  • Those neural-net pop ups though... Feisty Posted via Android Central App on my N5 with Android L
  • You have to love implanted reality!
  • True. Forgot about 2012 N7s. Posted via Android Central App
  • And 2013 LTE
  • Well, I wasn't exactly crying about it. But this still makes me feel... Happy? No not that, but something positive. Posted via Android Central App
  • I was one of those N4 whiners - but truth be told, I was whining more about AC fans that thought it was just fine to dead-end the N4 after 18 months. It's not, and Google apparently agrees. For that I'm grateful - but seriously, until I started reading otherwise on AC, I assumed I'd get all updates that the N4 was physically capable of handling.
  • LOL so true! Posted via Android Central App
  • I know it's a beta of sorts, but is L even close to being stable enough to use as a daily driver?
  • I wouldn't. It is not jsut a question of stability, because it is not badish, but you do not know what the upgrade cycle is going to be like. How many times in the next 6 months are you willing to wipe your device?
  • Who says that's how it'll work? Or if there'll be updates along the way? Or if ROMs will be pushed out with any updates that come along? Posted via Android Central App
  • No one says it'll be like that, but it certainly could be. You'll probably be able to keep your data intact, but maybe not. It is a good idea to be mindful of these things. Posted via Android Central App
  • Well yeah that's true. But hey, I'm sure there's enough people with fairly unused nexus devices laying around that just want to use the latest and greatest. Posted via Android Central App
  • Your right I am giving worst case scenario, but it is a fair bet that you are going to have to wipe it at least once. I have no doubt at all that we will get updates along the way. Especially early on. Later they might want to keep some "new" features under wraps, but I can see an L.1 around August. Hockeyvette, that is what I put mine on. I do not use my Nexus 7 all that much since I got a Note so I put it there.
  • It'd be nice to have some updates along the way but I won't get my hopes up. And I'm planning on running it on my nexus 7 as well.
  • I've been running it since release day. Bluetooth connection periodically drops - you either need to restart bluetooth on the phone, or wait for it to reconnect, which can take hours.
    Some apps have broken design - I've only noticed Facebook so far with comments having no background, which makes them painful to read.
    Noticed a couple general UI quirks along the way, but nothing major. Still keeping it as a daily driver.
  • It's stable enough that I would recommend it for your tablet. Wouldn't trust my phone to it, though. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's not just being an alpha plus release being a reason for me not to use it as a daily driver, but having to wait for favorite apps to update to ART from Dalvik Opinions of this user may be biased due to being one of those Nexus people.
  • I might have to buy a used Nexus 4 to try it out since no doubt they'll be a AOSP release soon. Infact, due to the choice of included softwares, I tend to prefer the AOSP version over the bloated Google version.
  • So does this actually mean that my N4 will be updated to L? Or just wishful thinking?
  • that's exactly what it means :)
  • Google is testing the emotional impact of the L release on Nexus 4 users. Try to document the emotional ebb and flow you experience prior to and then following the confirmation of the news that your N4 device will be up-graded. We'll post it to your G+ page along with a relavent add for the appropriate mediating pharmaceutical.
  • Ha, nobody would ever do that. ;-)
  • Mako! Mako! Posted via Android Central App
  • I might give it a shot on my N4
  • I can't wait for OmniROM to get L up and going!!! Posted via My Nexus 5.
  • I doubt they'll build anything off of the Dev Preview. They'll probably wait until the fall when it exists preview. Posted via Android Central App
  • We need for Verizon galaxy nexus too!!
  • Cricket cricket
    Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5
  • That phone needs to die already. Sent from my Nexus 5
  • it is, people just won't let it rest in peace
  • It died on the point of the nexus 5. If it didn't get 4.4 why would (or should) it get l?
  • ^ Posted via my M9, XT912, N910, G906, D6653, D870, G4, or G Pro 3
  • The Verizon version didn't even get 4.3 Posted via Android Central App
  • Don't keep your hopes up. Posted via Android Central App
  • I still hate the fact that that phone includes the word 'Nexus' in its title. So un deserving of that name.
  • No Nexus 7 2012 LTE?
  • Not sure yet. Some files are there, but not everything needed
  • The 2012 Nexus 7 will not work with ART. Android L is all ART. I believe this is the problem. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wifi-only Nexus 7 2012 looks fully supported
  • Great! I have a 2012 and was worried it would not get L! Posted via Android Central App
  • Why do you say it won't work with art? Posted via Android Central App
  • Because the 2012 N7 hasn't supported ART since it was first released (4.3?). I'm guessing it works now because the new version of ART supports JIT compiling of apps... but that's a guess... I don't actually know what instruction set the tegra3 doesn't support which ART needs/needed. Or maybe the N7 2012 version uses dalvik. Posted via Android Central App
  • Huh did now know that... Posted via Android Central App
  • Or somehow they made ART run on it Posted via Android Central App
  • From what I read when it came up earlier, you hit the nail on the head. The Tegra3 is the stopping point there.
  • Super! Posted via Android Central App
  • A guy on XDA is already compiling for the Nexus 4. Posted via Android Central App
  • Link please? Posted via Android Central App
  • Is all the link you need. Posted via Android Central App
  • Nexus 4 general forum. The Android L news and discussion thread. Posted via Android Central App
  • I just hope it's as good as 4.3 Jelly Bean.
    For all I care Kit Kat is a huge fiasco.
    SMS-default was the only thing right with it; everything else was worse.
  • WTF are you talking about? Disaster? Seriously?
  • YES! NEXUS 7 2012!!! Don't judge me... I will update soon. Posted with my Nexus 7 2012 or Moto X via the Android Central App
  • Cant wait to have this on my nexus 4, i will flash it as soon as its out. Thanks for the great news
  • Can't wait for a ROM. I'd flash factory images if it wasn't for the fact that my old ass Mac is painfully slow and I hate using it. Would rather wait:) Posted via Android Central App
  • Just contradicted myself there... Posted via Android Central App
  • Yea I see lol Posted with my Nexus 7 2012 or Moto X via the Android Central App
  • I have the nexus 10! I'm happy.
  • Me too, yay. Posted via Android Central App
  • I wonder how soon there will be a Mahdi Rom for the G2 Posted via Android Central App
  • What, no Galaxy Nexus! Outrageous!
  • Please be a joke. Please be a joke. Please be a joke. Posted via my M9, XT912, N910, G906, D6653, D870, G4, or G Pro 3
  • I'm still on the Galaxy Nexus :'(
  • Its not even a finished product yet. It's a developer preview for a reason. Posted via Android Central App
  • Thank God for my Nexus 7 2012 Posted via Android Central App
  • It is good to know that the Nexus 4 will get this update. I figured it would, but it is nice to see it confirmed. Posted via Android Central App
  • Does this mean that google intend to officially update nexus 4 and 7 2012? If so that breaks the 18 months principle, which would be great news.
  • it does not break the nexus 4 cycle. its two years are up in november, thats prolly its last update
  • The Nexus program managers says that they will support Nexus devices as long as the chipset allows. I would imagine the quad-core Snapdragon in the Nexus 4 will be viable for at least another year or more.
  • I did not know that! Awesome! Thanks for the 411!
  • QHARTZ -Elegant, thin and portable. Never run out of battery power again.
  • WTF!! What about MOTO X?
  • I was also hoping the galaxy ace 2 would be on there... Posted via Android Central App
  • Moto X isn't Nexus. It will certainly get L though and probably about the same time as Nexus. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wait, does this mean its possible to get my 2012 Nexus 7 to receive the L Preview? And will it work with Multiboot?
  • This may give me a reason to dust off the old N7 (2012) Posted via Android Central App
  • really needs some refresh in these years...:-) Posted via Android Central App
  • Hi
  • Glad that the 2012 nexus 7 is getting L. I might want to pick up another nexus for 5 preview Posted via Android Central App
  • I have a Nexus 5 and tried L out... I love it but just not stable enough for a daily. I gave my nexus 7 2012 to my nephew but i still have my verizon galaxy nexus interesting to see if anyone tries lol
  • I am pretty sure they would end up with a brick if they tried...Stranger things have happened though.
  • N5 on AOSP is pretty stable. it kinda have an iOS look to it. constant updates by Google and to apps keep making it more of a daily driver than when it first came out. if rooted, SU just pushed out an update also.. I used the current Root Kit to flash Android L by the way. i just updated to Super SU L via TWRP and this N5 is rooted. Posted via Android Central App
  • What about the galaxy nexus? :/