The LTE version of the Nexus 7 2013 just started shipping to the US last week. If a week of running on a stock ROM is entirely too long for you, take heart: even while you read these words, modders and ROM developers are hard at work building all kinds of aftermarket goodies for your unlocked tablet. That's because Google just posted the first full factory image plus binaries for the new model.


This build of Android 4.3 is marked as "JLS36C" (the over-the-air update that was released almost immediately) and the AOSP code is marked as "android-4.3_r3" on Google's code hub. That doesn't mean much for end users, but it could indicate that a slightly updated Android build is very close for the rest of the Nexus line and Google Play Edition phones. At the time of writing we haven't found anything that implies any new user-facing features within the N7 2013 LTE image.

The image gives Nexus 7 LTE owners a clean slate to flash back to. And now that the binaries are out, you can expect to see ROMs based on the stock build and modified AOSP versions popping up on your aftermarket forum of choice. The factory image comes in at a whopping 376MB, so don't download it on a tiered data plan.

Source: Google - Factory Image, Binaries, AOSP git

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Carlos

    "android-4.2_r3" --- you mean "android-4.3_r3" ? :3

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

      Yes, he does.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    The factory images contain the wrong radio. It contains the 720 radio which shipped with JSS15J. JLS36C is paired with radio 802. Whoops!

  • Zach Mauch

    So I have one simple question. Are all the LTE drivers and binaries there? If so it would be very significant as this was cited many times as the nexus holdup on LTE.