How To Bring Android ‘L’ Look To Your Phone Without Rooting
Google unveiled the new version of its Android operating system, called Android L, during the keynote presentation at Google I/O conference in June. With the Android L Developer Preview being released for select Google Nexus devices, there are various methods to get Android L onto your phone or tablet, but most of them require you to root your device or install ROMs.
And then since this latest OS is in its beta, it has a lot of bugs so it can’t be recommended for daily use.
Still, a lot of folks out there want a taste of it, so we recommend you to follow these steps, which allow you to get the Android L look on your device without the risk of it being bricked.
Step 1: Grab Nova Launcher
The first thing you should do is to get the latest version of Nova Launcher from the Play Store. After doing so, follow these instructions to proceed:
- “L” style folder preview (Settings > Folders > Folder Preview > Line)
- “L” style app animation (Settings > Look and Feel > App Animation > Slide Up)
- “L” style search bar (Settings > Desktop > Persistent Search Bar > L, or long-press on the quick search bar widget and select Edit)
- “L” style app drawer icon (Long-press on the app drawer icon and select Edit. Then tap the icon and select the opaque white icon under Built-in)
Step 2: Install the Moonshine Icon Pack
Now, download the Moonshine Icon Pack from the Play Store. After you’ve installed it on your device, go to Nova Launcher Settings > Look and feel > Icon Theme > Moonshine.
Moonshine also offers you several wallpapers which you can apply by opening the app and choosing “Wallpapers.”
Note that Ex-Dialer is on a 7-day trial after which users will have to pay $3.99 for the Pro version of the app.
Step 4: Heads Up! Notifications
To get a floating notifications feel similar to the Android L, Heads Up! Notifications is the best app to install.
Step 5: Android L Calculator
Though this app offers a nice functionality imitating the Android L calculator, it appears to be a bit laggy when starting up.
Step 6: Android L Keyboard
Download this ported Android L Keyboard from the XDA forum, and then follow these installation instructions:
- Uninstall google keyboard (Play Store one not AOSP), install this apk and change theme
- Go to Android L Google Keyboard settings
- Open “Advanced settings”
- Select Color scheme “Material”
That’s it. Now you should have a gorgeous Android L-styled look on your device. Although it’s not the actual Android L Developer Preview, it offers better functionality with no bugs!
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