How to install Android Lollipop

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Step by step guide, how to install latest version of android Lollipop.

By Jim Martin | PC Advisor | 10 July 14

Google has released a beta version of Android L, now officially called Lollipop. Anyone can install this on their Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, but it’s unwise to do so if it’s your main smartphone or tablet. See also: Android L vs iOS 8 comparison preview.

As Google states, “The Android preview system image is not a stable release, and may contain errors and defects that can result in damage to your computer systems, devices, and data. The preview Android system image is not subject to the same testing as the factory OS and can cause your phone and installed services and applications to stop working.” Also see: Android L offers remarkable battery life, but it’s no faster than KitKat 

So, you have been warned, but the good news is that you can uninstall the Android Lollipop preview and revert to factory settings. Just make sure you have backed up everything that you can’t afford to lose before you install Android Lollipop, since the process will wipe your device.

We’ll explain step by step how to install the preview on a Nexus 5, using Windows 7 or 8, and also how to go back to the original software that your device shipped with. The process is effectively the same on the 2013 Nexus 7.

Step 1. Download the minimal 2MB installer from this XDA thread this XDA thread which includes the Android ADB and fastboot tools.

You need these to install the Android L image, and this is the quickest and easiest way to install the tools without downloading the entire Android SDK, which is huge and contains stuff you don’t need to get Android L.

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