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Try New Android L Features on Android 4.4.4



The new Android L release isn’t coming until later this year and it may be a while before the update arrives on every phone. If you want to try the new Android L features without installing the Android L beta on a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, you can use these Android L app downloads to try new Android features on Android 4.4.4 and other older versions, if you are lucky.

Google offers the full Android L experience for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, but if you own the Nexus 4 or another device running Android 4.4.4 or a close version of Android you can try out some of the new Android features without the need to root or flash anything.

Read: Android L Breakdown

We already showed you how to get the Android L Keyboard on any Android phone without root, and this will show you where you can download Android L apps, Android L wallpapers, Android L Launcher, Search and more.

Download Android L apps and features for Android 4.4.4.

Download Android L apps and features for Android 4.4.4.

If you want to experience the full Android L features and experience you’ll need to download the Android L beta for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, or the unofficial Nexus 4 Android L beta. For users that just want to experience some of the new Android L apps and features without leaving Android 4.4.4, here’s what you need to know.

Android L Apps & Features for Android 4.4.4

Xda developer forum member ivan123 shares a roundup of Android L apps and Android L files that help deliver the experience on Android 4.4.4. Although you don’t need root to use these files, you will need it for a few. If you choose to run Android L apps on Android 4.4.4, or older versions like Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.2, you may need to work around some bugs and follow additional instructions to use the apps.

Google showed a beautiful new look for Android L apps like Gmail, YouTube, Google Play and others at Google I/O, but the new look is not available on these apps just yet.

Android L Apps

You can download a large number of Android L apps from this Mega link. If you want to download them all in one go, use this link to download all of the Android L apps that ivan123 pulled from the developer preview. This includes the new camera app and other stock apps.

Google Home Launcher

If you want the new Google Home launcher you’ll need to download this file, and be prepared to edit you build.prop using the instructions in the xda-developer thread if you experience crashes.

If you want the new “Material Design” version of the Android L launcher, you need to follow these directions from Ashutos1997, to edit your build.prop. You’ll need root to edit your build.prop, and an app like Build Prop Editor is an easy way to do so.

Google Search & Play Services 5.0

You can download the new Google Search and Google Play services through these links. These are an essential part of some other apps, so if you plan to use the Android L apps on Android 4.4.4, make sure you download and install these, especially the Google Search velvet apk.

Android L Keyboard

Grab the Android L keyboard and other apps for Android 4.4.4 and older versions.

Grab the Android L keyboard and other apps for Android 4.4.4 and older versions.

You don’t need root to use the new Android L Keyboard. It is no longer on the Google Play Store, but you can download it and use it on Android 4.4.4 and other devices. Here’s what you need to know to download the Android L keyboard and use it on your phone.

Android L Wallpapers

If you just want to put the Android L wallpapers on your current device you can use this link to download 11 Android L wallpapers. You can use these on any device by placing them on your device and selecting them as a wallpaper or lock screen in settings.

Android L Ringtones, Alarms, Fonts & Boot Animation

IF you want to use other parts of Android L, you can check out the rest of the Android L downloads on xda-developers where you’ll find flashable and non-flashable versions of the Android L ringtones, alarms, fonts and even boot animations.

Speed Up Your Android Without Android L

If you are on Android 4.4.4 or almost any Android 4.4 device you can switch to the new ART runtime which can dramatically boost the speed of your Android device.

Follow this guide to speed up the HTC One M8, Galaxy S5 and other devices running Android 4.4 and higher.

1 Comment

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  1. Jerry

    07/20/2014 at 10:11 pm

    When I try to install the Google Search velvet.apk, it tells me “App not installed.” Any way to fix this?

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