Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 Android L Update: Should You Download the Early Developer's Preview or Not?

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | June 30, 2014 3:53 PM EST

The Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 Android L update is now available and here is how to download and install but should you download the early developer's preview or not?

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A Google Android figurine sits on the welcome desk as employee Tracy McNeilly smiles at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012.

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An early developer preview release of the Android L update was unveiled for Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 users. Along with 5000 new APIs, the Android L is now available giving developers chance to start building the Android version right away.

The latest version of Android OS is called Android L, rather than Android 5.0 Lollipop but thus far, it does not have a proper name just yet. Google might have adopted this as new naming convention or the tech giant might refer to it as Android L once it actually launches.

At this point, the Android L update preview for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 devices will be available as factory images on the Web site. Everyone will likely be able to download it since download has never been restricted to developer's accounts only but is it safe for non-developers to download and install the Android L developer's preview?

The Android L is truly enticing to users as it is dubbed as a complete reimagining with its bolder graphics, more tactile surfaces, and more fluid motion. However, if you've never done a manual install before, early installation of the Android L is not recommended as it involves going into bootloader and using fastboot similar to every factory image.

It is unclear if the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 (2012) devices will get the Android L update preview as well. But it must be noted that Google is committed to provide at least two years of updates for the Nexus devices, so hopefully other Nexus devices will also get the Android L update.

The Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 Android L update preview is a chance for Nexus owners to take a peek at Google's new design language, Material Design and features and capabilities that Google revealed like battery historian, job scheduler, Project Volta and performance boosting features that Google promised.

Aside from the aforementioned, it appears that there will be new features for game developers with the Android Extension Pack, Bluetooth low energy peripheral mode, new camera API and multi-networking.

Those are just some exciting features and it will be interesting to see what developers can bring with such. Anticipation and excitement build until Google offers the finished product this fall.

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(Photo: Reuters / Mark Blinch)
A Google Android figurine sits on the welcome desk as employee Tracy McNeilly smiles at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012.
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