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Mar
nexus81

As the old saying goes, "when it rains, it pours down binaries for Nexus devices." That old idiom is proven true once again today, as Google has just uploaded the latest batch of binaries to the Nexus Device download page.

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The binaries essentially contain the proprietary hardware drivers that you won't find in AOSP for their specific devices. This go around it's for Android 4.2.2 (build JDQ39) for all of the latest Nexus gadgets: the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 3G, Nexus 10, GSM Galaxy Nexus, and VZW Galaxy Nexus.

More notably, this marks the first time that up-to-date binaries have been available for all current-gen Nexus devices. This is a pretty big deal, in that it also means the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 3G are finally officially supported by AOSP. Previously, the Nexus 4 was making baby steps into full AOSP support.

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Here's a look at the included drivers for each device:

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You'll find all the downloads at the Nexus Binaries site.

Additionally, Google pushed the final 4.2.2 AOSP code to individual device repos, thereby completing the 4.2.2 rollout 100%. For example, here are the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 3G android-4.2.2_r1 git tags:

Update: In response to Artem's question about the lack of GSM binaries on the Nexus 4, JBQ replied confirming that telephony indeed works on the phone, whether because the binaries are actually included or no binaries are needed at all. Moreover, for the first time ever, a device (in fact, both N4 and N7) have 100% of their drivers available:

Telephony will definitely work.

I probably forgot to mention those binaries on the download page. It's
also possible that no proprietary binaries are needed to use telephony
on Nexus 4, in which case it wouldn't get mentioned on the list of
proprietary files. I'm not sure which of the two explanations is the
right one. Either way, telephony works.

For Nexus 4 and for Nexus 7, 100% of the proprietary binaries are
available. That had never been the case for other devices at any point
in the past. That way, you can know that 100% of the functionality on
Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 is supposed to work, without restrictions (other
than those caused by bugs).

JBQ

Cameron Summerson
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  • SP_Disqus

    Does this, by any chance, mean the Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is on it's way soon?

    • ltredbeard

      no, the galaxy nexus is not current generation. plus, this has nothing to do with updates (so to speak).

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        The Galaxy Nexus is current-gen in that it's still being supported by ASOP.

        • Athishay

          Yeah you tell 'em Cameron!

        • ltredbeard

          thanks, i didn't realize that is how they defined current gen.

    • wheineman

      ahahahaahah. Good one. Verizon is the barrier here. Not Google...and it's a real shame still!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I doubt it, though we did hear some ramblings about an update headed to the VZW GNex. Our VZW reps haven't confirmed it though.

    • Chris Caldwell

      Lesson, buy only Nexus ever again, and only direct.

  • Matt

    Where is my toroplus?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Toroplus has never been an officially supported AOSP device. :/

  • heat361

    Hats off to JBQ for getting all devices fully supported!

  • Bryan McGee

    FINALLY! -Me, and all toro owners.

    • Aleksey_US

      agreed but I'm happy with my 4.2.2 from AOKP... this however means new radios for my toro right?

  • Guillermo González de Garibay

    Does that mean that photosphere will be available for open projects such as Cyanogenmod?

  • Drootz

    I Noticed this didn't include the WiFi Xoom is it no longer being supported??? Guess it's time to put CM on my xoom.....

    • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

      WiFi Xoom was dropped after 4.1

      • Drootz

        That's a bummer....and thanks David for the info much appreciated!

  • Adam Lange

    Nexus 4 binaries are incomplete. There is GSM stack missing.

  • Great Offender

    I bet CM is in overdrive right now ripping Google's name out of the copyright and replacing it with their own.

  • Milind

    I have a rather basic question for someone knowledgeable about hardware drivers. Do the drivers really change as Android versions change? I can understand newer supported hardware on newer versions requiring a new driver. But would a new driver be required for all the old hardware (like wifi, graphics, orientation etc.)? It doesn't need to be updated for new Windows versions, so I don't see why it would need to be updated for phones running basically Linux under the covers.

  • don’t

    Here they are. Let you fools make things better what payed google employes don't want, or don't know how to do! Open source community.

  • pitypet

    Can someone explain what this does exactly? I have a nexus 7 tablet and I went to the link page and don't know which items to download and why I'm downloading them. There are lists under both nexus 7 items, are you supposed to download all of them? I have no clue about these devices and I usually learn by messing around with them over time but everyone seems so excited about this and I don't know why?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      These are essentially drivers for the devices, and are only important those who wish to roll their own version of Android, like ROM developers. For the average user, though, these mean absolutely nothing.

      • pitypet

        thank you, so much, for responding and explaining that to me. it seemed overwhelming when i started reading the comments but now i know that it isn't anything that i need to do. sincerely, sue

      • http://www.facebook.com/ranDgallegos Randall Gallegos

        if these are the drivers for the devices, how do I go about using them? i have a stock Nexus 4 that i recently updated OTA to 4.2.2 and now it wont be recognized as an MTP device. can this help me fix that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ranDgallegos Randall Gallegos

    windows drivers for 4.2.2? my pc no longer recognizes my N4 as a MTP device after update.