The next major version of Android isn’t due out until this fall, but now that Google has released factory images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 as well as a software developer kit, it’s possible to try it out.
That’s great news for developers… but casual users might want to wait a while. Android L is unstable, pre-release software and some apps won’t work with it and some features might still be buggy.
On the other hand, Android L sure is pretty… and it turns out you don’t need to upgrade your operating system to use some of the new features. For instance, you can already grab the Android L keyboard and install it on a device running an older version of the operating system.
Here are some recent bits of tech news from around the web.
- Android L keyboard extracted from factory images, you can install it on other phones
It’s been tested with the Samsug Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 4, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, LG G2 and a number of other devices. [xda-developers]
- Actions Semiconductor to offer 64-bit chips for tablets later this year
The Chinese chip maker is joining the 64-bit party with its first chips based on ARM’s Cortex-A50 design[PR Newswire]
- New 16GB iPod touch gets the iFixit teardown treatment
Sure, it looks just like the 32GB iPod touch on the inside (almost), but what’s the point in releasing a new gadget if someone isn’t going to break it down into components and take pretty pictures? [iFixit]
- Want to know if your phone supports Android Wear?
Just click this link on your phone. Or… make sure you have a phone with Android 4.3 later and Bluetooth. That should work too. Note… this page seems to have trouble detecting my rooted Nexus 5 with the Xposed framework installed. [Google]
- Android L Developer Preview factory image turned into a flashable ROM for the Nexus 5
Want to install the Android L developer preview on your Nexus 5, but don’t want to go through the hassle of working with the factory images? Here’s a flashable ROM.