With Android 4.4.1's release earlier today, many of you have been asking about and expecting the corresponding factory images, especially for devices without OTAs at this point: the 2012 Nexus 7s, the Wi-Fi 2013 Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10. Factory images can help recover soft-bricked Nexus devices, update the OS or its parts without losing data in case an OTA doesn't want to apply, or go back to stock after trying a custom ROM.

Unfortunately, the images and binaries are not planned until next week, according to a message by one of Google's release engineers Conley Owens. In a short post accompanying the AOSP source code drop, Conley writes:

Today, Google announced a maintenance release for Kit Kat, 4.4.1: https://plus.google.com/+Nexus/posts/YW8sTPpVN8W

We are in the process of releasing the source to the kitkat-mr1-release branch (tagged with 'android-4.4.1_r1), kitkat-dev, and master branches.

Finally, we plan to release the proprietary binaries and factory images next week.

So there you have it - a quick heads up to not wait up late for the factory images tonight or this week at all for that matter. Hopefully, we'll get the OTA zips for all devices in the meantime.

Artem Russakovskii
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  • randy

    Artem, could you guys please give us a list of all the changes and bug fixes that 4.4.1 brought. Thanks

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

      Liam is working on it, it should be up in a few days (we're trying to make it as complete as possible).

      A developer changelog is available here in the meantime: https://funkyandroid.com/aosp-KRT16D-KOT49E.html.

      • Ryuuie

        A small request, could you see if Liam could make distinctions between the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5?

  • Spasillium

    I've been stalking the dev site for a few hours waiting for them to show up.


    • http://www.tylerwatt12.com/ Tyler Watthanaphand

      Are you not allowed to pull the existing binaries from 4.4.1 system images?

      • Evan Anderson

        You can but you have to have the device with the OTA applied. Plus it takes a lot of work to pull the changed binaries.

      • Bidyut Mukherjee

        There are no existing 4.4.1 system images to extract them from.
        Until Google releases the binaries next week (or provides OTA before then), it's hiatus time.

  • Zodiak

    Update your Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.4 right here!!! http://goo.gl/ZsPkli

  • Guest

    I'm on stock, nonroooted Nexus 4, but 4.4 OTA failed twice to install. I wonder if there would be direct update from 4.3 to 4.4.1 :(

  • Adrian

    We begin repairing Kitkat :)

  • RantGirlRants

    Hopefully, the OTA wait isn't as bad as the initial 4.4 rollout.

  • Matthew Fry

    While I welcome the rapid turnaround for some of these bugs, I have yet to flash the OS without destroying everything on the device. I've tried multiple suggestions from people on here but they all seem to end in a soft brick followed by just running the factory flash script.