This afternoon, General Public License projects for the Android L Preview release have been pushed. This does not mean that full source codes are live for all devices, as has been the case with first releases for Android versions in the past. Instead, this is an (almost) unprecedented move by Android to show a preview for developers before the full platform update.
According to Google’s Bill Yi of Android Building in Google Groups, this preview is only for reference for developers hoping to get their apps prepared for Android L as soon as possible. This is not the first time this has been done, but it is the first time it’s happened in a very, very long time. According to Google Groups member JBQ, the last time this sort of situation occurred, it was all the way back at Android 1.6, and Android 1.5 before that.
For those of you out there in the hacking universe, this means we’ll still not be seeing full custom builds any time soon. Until Google releases full builds in their entirety, we’ll just be glancing for now. If you’d like things to be a bit more graphic, head into our Android L feature explorations as well.
Above you’ll also see some good news for those of you hoping for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012, and Nexus 10’s inclusion in Android L. They’re all there. GSM and Wi-fi versions of the 2012 Nexus 7 as well. Just as it was foretold.
VIA: Android Police