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June 26th 2014 2:52 pm

A preview of Android 'L' is available for download! Share your impressions

Google has made Android 'L' available for developers to download. Are you feeling brave enough to venture into the treacherous beta testing waters with your valuable phone? If you've taken a look at it, share your opinion below. What's good? What's bad?

Also, check out Brad's early impressions here: www.engadget.com­/2014­/06­/26­/android­-developer­-prev...

More info: developer.android.com­/preview­/setup­-sdk.html­#top

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As much as I want the update, my days of early updates and/or rooting are over. My phone is an essential part of my life and business, so I need it to be as rock solid as possible. I'm not going to risk destabilizing it :)

I'll just wait for the update to be pushed out to me in the fall on my Nexus 5 (and 7).
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I really like the settings shade in the preview. Everything just a swipe down instead of hidden behind the right side swipe or the settings gear. It seems simpler to just pull down further rather than tapping an icon to go somewhere else, even though that seemed like an option for more advanced settings.

I really like the flatness of the design. Am I correct in assuming that Microsoft beat the world to flat design with the Zune interface? Is that another case of being first to market isn't always the best? (Sorry to go off on a tangent here)

I wonder if this would run on an old Galaxy Nexus. I may have to unpack that device and see if I can fumble my way into loading it up.
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Just in case you weren't aware, if you pull down on the notification shade with two fingers, the settings shade comes up instead...
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I always forget that. The good thing about Android is that there are multiple ways to do things. The bad thing about Android is that there are multiple ways to do things. I guess I can't have my cake and eat it, too.
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True, though almost every time there's more than one way to do something, there's some sort of visual representation of one of the ways.
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BTW, I'd be extremely surprised if the Galaxy Nexus supported L. It doesn't officially support KitKat. There might be ROMs that could give you something akin to it, but I don't really count that...
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Yeah. TI is no longer supporting the processor in the Galaxy Nexus, so newer versions of Android are no longer getting the drivers for that processor.
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