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How to Try Android L Developer Preview in Ubuntu 14.04

As mentioned yesterday, Android L Developer Preview was about to be released, and this is now done with images for Nexus 5 “Hammerhead” and Nexus 7 “razor” available right now. However, if you don’t have either of these devices, or you’d rather not install a beta version on the phone you use everyday, you can still give a try in the SDK emulator.

I’ve tried Android L myself in Ubuntu 14.04. Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Install Android Studio IDE in Ubuntu, and Create a new Project  or open an existing project (Android Studio Version is now 0.61)
  2. Click on Tools->Android->SDK Manager in the top menu, and select the Android L (API 20, L Preview) packages as shown below, and click on “Install xx Packages” button.
    Android_SDK_Manager_Android_L
    Accept the license as required, and click Install. This step can take countless hours…
  3. Now we’ll need to create a Virtual Device for the emulator. Go to Tools->Android->AVD Manager, select “Device Definitions” tab, and you’ll see some new types of devices like Android TV and Android Wear Round and Square.
    Android_L_Virtual_Device
    But I just scrolled down and selected “Nexus 7” and clicked on “Create AVD” button…
    Nexus_7_Android_L_Intel_Atom_WXGA720
    …and configured the system to use “Android L (Preview) with the Intel Atom (x86) CPU/ABI, and WXGA720 skin, and clicked OK.
  4. Your Nexus 7 with an Intel Atom processor :), running Android L should now show in the list of devices. Make sure it is selected, click on the Start button, and then Launch.
    Nexus_7_AVD_Android_L
  5. After a little while, you should be able to access Android L!

    Android L Screenshots (Click to Enlarge)

    Android L Screenshots (Click to Enlarge)

The screenshot on the right, is the blue and red rectangles animation that starts when you click 7 times on the Android version… There’s no Google Play in the emulator, so you’ll need to sideload the apps, or install a third party market such as Amazon Market to try out apps.

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