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New Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Android L Preview Update is Available for Download

Google is currently rolling out a brand new Android L Preview Build for the their Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi devices. If you’re currently sporting the previous build of it or you’ve never tried the Android L system images, then you can do it right now and get a sneak peek at Google’s future OS release.

This Android L preview build has the firmware version set to LPV81C, the previous one was the LPV79. With this new release there aren’t too many changes added, only a couple of fixes and support for Google Fit API. If you install this new build on your Google Nexus 5 or Google Nexus 7 and you find some other changes, then feel free to post in the comments.

These new Android L Preview LPV81C can be downloaded from Google Developers web page here. In order to complete the installation you should read the info listed at the developers page and make sure that you know what you’re doing. Remember that the Android L builds are still in their early stages, so you might find some major bugs and errors while testing them. So, install the new preview firmwares at your own risk.

The Google Nexus 5 and Google Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi devices are the only devices currently supporting this Android L Preview update. However, note that by flashing this new release you might also be forced to apply a full wipe of your device in case you’re getting the missing button or busted notification bug after the Android L Preview is installed.

The LPV81C Android L update doesn’t feature any details about the number that Google might assign for their future Android OS update. So, we are still waiting for that announcement to be made and see if it will be Android 5.0. Flash these builds, test their new features and tell us how’s your Google Nexus 5 “hammerhead” / Google Nexus 7 Wi-Fi 2013 ‘razor’ performing with the new Android L Preview ROM.

There is no official word on the future availability of this new build of Android L preview ROM for other Nexus devices. Tell us in comments which device you hope that will receive the new system image.

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  • Kfir

    Wow! No bugs!!!
    I think that’ll be the final version

    • AndroidLisshit

      I had it for a week wait for it and you will downgrade just like me…

      • tyb82

        Is it still buggy? I had major problems with the first release and went back to 4.4.4…

        • vidhya sagar

          Still has issues with the popup messaage; The background is so transparent so that the letters cannot be seen on the message.!!!

  • Josh B

    I’m pleasantly surprised at how well everything is working. When I looked online to see reports of bugs, I came across reports of broken Bluetooth, broken tethering, and an issue with NFC wake lock. My phone seems to have none of these issues. The one thing I found is the substantial amount of of “Miscellaneous” under the battery stats.
    The phone is performing vastly superior to how it was under 4.4.4 and earlier; battery life is much better and everything is super smooth.

  • Dubs

    All my apps are working. Don’t see any glitches or bugs yet. The only thing for me is that it says I have 18 hrs of battery left. Which is most likely wrong. But my battery life is pretty solid so far. Been using it for a few hrs and it only went down 5% usually be down 20 % by now. Wish they had a battery status tho. I wonder what else they have for this build. I feel like it’s nice and all but they are missing something. Dont know what it is. But I feel like there is more to the final version they are not releasing yet. This can’t be all that it is.

  • Houston Ostrovski

    Why don’t they just make an apk so you could just download it from your phone ? Or make a easier way so we can get a file browser put it in the right files on the phone and upload it through fastboot? Any ideas why they haven’t ?

  • jeff

    Is the tethering working on this version?

  • Gags

    Wow…in earlier preview version it has problem with. Number key board like if you are on call and you will have to press 3 times to open number key board now it is working with single press….

  • I’m already on the beta but haven’t noticed it update.. Do i have to reinstall it or did it update without me noticing? O.o

  • robert

    I’ve went from kit Kat 4.4.4 to L and I love it no bug’s after 5 days you guys are crazy

  • Hyacin

    Real Racing 3 locks up for me every time I use it. Sometimes before it finishes loading, sometimes half way through my first race. I’ve been using ART since I got the N5 pretty much, and RR3 was working fine prior to the update to L, so that’s not the issue.

    Also there have been a couple nights that I’ve set my alarm, plugged in my phone, and turned on Sleep As Android’s sleep tracking, just as I did every night with 4.4.4, and when I wake up in the morning my phone is OFF.

    As pretty as Android L is, especially with the turning off overnight thing, I think I’m going to have to go back to 4.4.4 until an official release or at least an update to the preview.

    • Hyacin


      Went back to 4.4.4 with ART and RR3 is still acting up! Should have left good enough alone and not touched the developer preview at all! :-/

  • Noor Basha

    Can u give me the link to download

  • jcl

    Is the Nexus7 GPS working in the preview?

  • its a great news for nexus 5 and nexus 7 user they are the first one who use it

  • Michael

    I’m loving the new update… The changes to the drop down are much more convenient than before.