No too long ago Google had mentioned that they weren’t planning on releasing any new builds of the Android L preview, which led to some sad faces and letdowns for some in the community who might have been hoping for something new and fresh before the official build gets sent out. As one would have it, it seems that isn’t the case as Google has somewhat silently pushed out new images of the Android L preview that anyone who has a compatible device is capable of flashing should they want to mess around with it. There isn’t a whole lot that’s new to this build other than the Google Fit support, so it kind of makes sense that you can access these files by jumping to the developer preview link for the Google Fit SDK which Google announced just earlier today.
With that being the only potential change to this new image from the original one, there is probably not a whole lot else to get excited about but there is a chance that there may be something cool tucked away in there that hasn’t yet been discovered. For those who are unaware the Android L Developer preview was initially launched with support for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 only. When it comes to compatible devices for this new factory image that is still the case, which may be unfortunate for anyone not using one of those devices and may be willing and eager to check things out.
Until Google pushes out the official Android L builds later on this fall this could very well be the last of a fresh factory image that we see, and if it is then so be it, we’ve had fun with the image that we’ve had access to so far. It has been cool to see what things would look like and how else things would change within the Android OS after a release of Android L, and we’re glad that Google decided to put out a preview for developers and other brave souls to test before a finalized version runs out to all users. If you want to get your hands on these images, listed as build number LPV81C, you can hit the link below to go the Google Fit Developer preview and the links will posted there.