Android 4.3 factory images and driver binaries for most recent Nexus devices have just been published on the Google Developers site, and chances are if you've got a new-ish Nexus, the image you're looking for is there. The Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and mobile data), and Galaxy Nexus (takju / yakju variants) all have factory image downloads available right now, here.


Matching driver binaries can be found here, as well. Interestingly, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has had Android 4.3 driver binaries published, so it sounds like it will be getting the update... at some point.

What's new in Android 4.3? A few things - check out our announcement post, and be on the lookout for a more in-depth take on the newest version of Google's mobile OS in the next day or two.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Sam Lam Chin Pong


  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Is 4.3 source available yet? Looking for posts from JBQ but can't find any.

  • mechapathy

    Damn. That was fast! If Google handles all future releases this way, I'll be happy as a clam.

    • supremekizzle

      Research has now shown that clams are actually more of a "meh" on the emotion scale.

      • mechapathy

        Well then I'll be as happy as a statistical anomaly clam.

        • Eric Leonor


          • mechapathy

            Aw, shucks!

  • kooud

    Hope someone will post link to ota when it is out!

  • Sean Stone

    Is my understanding correct that if Driver Binaries are available for the Toro and I'm on a custom ROM, that's all that really matters? Are radios and bootloader part of the driver binaries or factory image?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I think for custom ROMs, yeah, the binaries are really what matter, and should make custom 4.3 ROMs for the VZW GNex much easier to develop. Not sure re: radios / bootloader being part of the publishes binaries.

    • EdLessard

      Radios are not included in the binaries. They are part of the build.

  • Guest

    Sorry for noob question, but could someone please tell me how to install these images onmy Nexus 4? Thank you.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The OTA will go out later today. If you don't know how to flash factory images, it's probably best to just wait.

      • https://www.facebook.com/wallen.diaz WallenDiaz

        need to be root for flash factory images????

        • Mike Harris

          Normally, you need to have root access and have a custom recovery installed in order to flash ROMs/radios/etc.

          It's been awhile since I flashed a factory image, but I think you only need your bootloader unlocked.

          • pobautista

            The instructions are on the images page, dude. https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images . You don't need custom recovery.

            If the instructions aren't clear and you use Windows, then I recommend WugFresh's NRT http://www.wugfresh.com/nrt/ .

          • Mike Harris

            Thanks, dude! But why are you replying to me? You're saying the same thing I said, but with the link that I didn't bother to include.

        • Carlos Rodríguez

          No, just an unlocked bootloader.

          If you have a locked one, by unlocking it, it will wipe all your data.


      • Christoph

        Can i flash the image via CWM Recovery on my Galaxy Nexus from a previous stock version (4.2.2)?

        • nxym

          Somebody answer this man!

          • pobautista

            Yes you can.
            Actually, when you flash any factory images, it doesn't matter what ROM is currently installed. :)

      • tyguy829

        plus, flashing the factory image will wipe his device

        • Carlos Rodríguez

          Nope, it won't wipe if you don't flash userdata.img.

          There are guides for that on XDA.


      • Guest

        I know, but I live in Argentina and I think that we don't get OTA's.

  • Simon Belmont

    Haha, wow. Gotta love that kind of speed.

    My Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 are ready. Commence the downloading.

  • Jerrod Schultz

    NOT seeing an image for Verizon LTE G-Nex... Typo?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      No, there isn't one, and won't be until Verizon approves an OTA update.

      • Joe_Kickass

        As far as I know Verizon isn't releasing anymore updates for the Galaxy Nexus.

    • epsiblivion

      verizon always lags with updates. cdma radio and verizon red tape.

      • Jerrod Schultz

        Hrmph... By the time that happens (6+ months I'm sure), I will already have the new Droid MAXX or Moto X (pending Aug. 1 announcement).

    • Wyatt Neal

      Annnnnnd that's why you root the phone and flash a rom like CM or Vanir and give Verizon the biggest middle finger you can because IT'S YOUR FUCKING DEVICE NOT YOUR'S YOU BASTARDS DON'T DOUCHE UP MY PHONE VZW!!!! /rant

  • Hal Motley

    Has it reached AOSP yet, though?

    I look forward to CyanogenMod 11!

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      You mean 10.2.

      • Hal Motley


  • Michael Ta

    if someone can make a .zip out of this, I'd be really appreciated.. I'm on vacation now and I'm soooooo eager to get my hands on this.. both my nex 10 and nex 4.

  • MrNinjaPanda

    If I want to install 4.3 on my nexus 4 manually (without waiting for OTA), is there a way to do it without erasing all user data?

    • pobautista

      Titanium Backup Free can restore between different ROMs (and 4.2 and 4.3 are different ROMs), although it may not be successful for the data of system apps.

      Remember to reboot your phone afterwards if you do try restoring system data before running the system app.

    • Carlos Rodríguez

      Just unpack all the IMGs on the platform-tools of the Android sdk and do fastboot flash bootloader nameofthebootloader.img, and so on. just skip userdata.img because that file is the one who wipes the data.

      You can safely flash radio, bootloader, system and boot.img.

      There's a guide on xda to do this step by step.


      • supremekizzle

        Linky please?

        • Carlos Rodríguez

          Here you go sir: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=34552123#post34552123

          Make sure you are on 4.2.2 stock. Not CM, not PA, not AOKP. Just stock. And you can skip the step 10 on part D of that guide. Read it all though.

          Also, it's good to have the 4.2.2 image in case you actually have a bootloop and then you do all the steps but with the 4.2.2 image to restore the process and actually boot the device.


      • pobautista

        No Carlos, you can't just skip it. You're lucky if it doesn't go on a bootloop. See http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=34552123&postcount=1 Note #2.

        • Carlos Rodríguez

          You are giving me the reason. Efran says there that you can actually flash WITHOUT losing data.

          I've been doing this since my Galaxy Nexus where I converted my Yakjuxw to Yakju and then to Takju. I never flashed userdata and I didn't lost a byte of data.

          The bootloop risk exist if you are on a non stock rom or a stock based one (that includes deoxeded and stuff).

          I certainly had an issue try to dirty flash from the leak of 4.3 to 4.2.2. It didn't bootlooped but didn't boot either. I then, reflashed the leak again and all was fine.

          Sorry for the long post.


        • JetSerge

          N7 updated without bootlop, N10 got a bootloop after updating without wipe, but I was able to fix it with "fastboot format cache". Note that N10 update zip comes with the cache.img partition, probably it's not formatted, hence the device doesn't boot after update. It's just a theory, but I've managed to update all my nexus devices to 4.3 without wiping any data (by removing -w argument and userdata.img from the zip).

    • Leo Finn

      Also if your phone isn't rooted you can use Helium to do a full back up of your user data before you flash it. Only thing it didn't keep for me was my widgets but a small cost for not having to redownload every last app again. Does not work on motorola phones though.

  • wideopn11

    Screw you Verizon. As soon as my contract is up I'm going to T-Mobile. No more waiting for your delayed updates for my so called Nexus device.

    • Joe_Kickass

      As slow as their updates are their coverage is excellent (at least in my area). It's easier just to root it and install the ROM yourself.

      • Jerrod Schultz

        Problem is... you still have to wait for a ROM to be published.

        • Greyhame

          Bet one comes up tomorrow (at the latest). Devs are crazy beasts that need no sleep and live off of coffee and praise.

          Donate to your developers!

    • iandouglas

      It was worth it to me to pay the ETF and cancel Verizon early. I pay TMo half of what I paid Verizon, so the ETF paid for itself in just a few months.

      • Arkar Kyaw Win

        I did the same thing with Verizon. I paid remaining $210 ETF and now I pay 30% of what I used to pay Verizon to T-mobile.

        • iandouglas

          Nice. I paid about $240 for my ETF (I was only 6 months in I think), but I also got into TMo when they had their unlimited 4G plan on the "bring your own device" setup, so my monthly fee is under $64 for 500min and unlimited text/data.

  • Adrian Meredith

    wow, finally a simultaneous release!

  • Andrew

    Naaah, I just gonna abuse "Check now" button until I get OTA. Like I always did. ;)

    • Makoute

      that's never worked for me :(

      • Andrew

        It was partly a joke, but just got OTA on Nexus 4. Not on Nexus 7, though.

  • Mike Harris

    When the OTA comes out, is it safe to assume that it'll take away root access? As long as I can get it back, I have no problem, but I worry about upgrading and getting stuck.

    • Tony Stork

      On a Nexus device, you'll never lose the ability to root. Even if you do, guarantee it's for 24 hours or less.

  • Rhut K Virani

    As far as i know
    Now in 4.3 it seems the android it self turns on and turns off GPS when you open and close maps

    please tell me if it was already there and i didn't know?

    • Carlos Rodríguez

      Was there with the new maps app.


  • Heon Jun Park

    Should I wait for CM10.2 or flash Stock 4.3?
    Yes, I know there are nightlies, but I don't like anything below RCs.... I am picky.

  • Elias

    I still have my bootloader locked. If I flash 4.3 via OTA, can I readily unlock my bootloader later and install a custom ROM based on an earlier version of Android (such as cm, aokp, pa)?
    I'm afraid I would have to wait for a new way of unlocking the bootloader, or that I wouldn't be able to flash CM (based on 4.2) after I test the stock 4.3.

  • Виктор Манчев

    I'm dying to know why the Nexus 10 display binary is missing?

  • sviggoulis

    Let us hope that this won't be the last update for Gnex

    • naysayer

      If history is any indication, it sadly is...

  • Prakash Chowdary

    help me how to install the nexus 7 binaries from a windows 7
    i downloaded the tar containing sh script

    help me please