If you took the plunge on one of those new LTE Nexus 9s earlier today, you'll be happy to know there's a factory image waiting for you. That makes restoring the device to stock a snap. All you need is a computer, a USB cable, and an unlocked bootloader.
Sometimes late nights lead to interesting tips finding their way into our inbox. Tonight was just such a night. If you've been waiting to get a taste of Lollipop on your Nexus 7 2012, you're in luck. We just happen to have signed factory images for Google's original 7" tablet. The build is LRX21P, which lines up with builds we've seen on the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player (LRX21L and LRX21M respectively). Our source tells us that these images are most likely final, but as with any leak, that can't be said with certainty until we get something official. That said, the fact that these images are living on a Google server adds a lot of strength to the case for these being the ones that will be released. Read More
The 2013 Nexus 7 LTE, now known as the bastard child of the living Nexus family, has not received any updates in the recent round of Android 4.4.3, and subsequently 4.4.4, releases. All of a sudden just now, the 4.4.3 factory image finally showed up, and we can only speculate how long it'll be before we see 4.4.4. For those who are counting, that's 22 days since the Nexus 4, 5, Wi-Fi 7, and 10 have all had their respective factory images available.
Download Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L):
If you are comfortable with flashing factory images, proceed to our guide - you won't lose your data if you follow the directions. Read More
Two days ago, Google Glass received the XE16 update that bumped the device up to KitKat, introduced photo bundles, brought in sorted voice commands, and added a number of other features. This release was different for a few reasons, the most notable of which being the long wait (the last release was XE12 back in December).
Now the Glass team has released the update's system image to the Internet. The file is available for download from the usual location.
The zip file containing the goods weighs in at 432MB total. This data comes after four months of waiting, so there's plenty here for developer types to have fun with. Read More
Google was kind enough to label them "Verizon," in addition to the standard KVT49L label for Android 4.4.2. Presumably custom ROM makers will update to the new binaries in order to assure more complete compatibility. Read More
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.
If you've recently updated your Nexus device from Jelly Bean to KitKat, there's a chance you're already being notified of an OTA update to KRT16S. If you're wondering what's changed, the collected list of source commits has been posted by Al Sutton. Most of the tweaks are pretty minor, including an improvement to the backup service, a few updated APNs for assorted carriers, and code to handle rare issues with the 3G Nexus 7 (2012) radio. However, there is one emergency fix for a serious bug that could result in the loss of access to encrypted disks on a device upgrading from 4.3 to 4.4. Read More
Just a quick note to anyone waiting for full OS factory images and drivers for existing Nexus devices (outside of the Galaxy Nexus, which bit the dust with KitKat) - as is customary, they will follow over-the-air updates released according to Google's favorite timeline: "in the coming weeks."
The Nexus 5 factory images will be out later today, but don't sit there hitting F5 expecting factory images for the Nexus 4, 7 (new and old), or 10 to pop up any time soon.
As per Ed Heyl, the Google release engineer who replaced JBQ:
We are making the proprietary binaries and factory images available for the Nexus 5 today as well.
It's that time again, boys and girls. Last week the LTE model of the new Nexus 7 got an over-the-air update to Android 4.3.1, which was build number JLS36I for that specific device. As usual, Google has posted the factory software image for end users to download and the driver binaries for developers to play with.
You can find them in the usual locations, right next to all the other current files for Nexus devices on the Factory Images and Binaries pages at Developers.Google.com. So far the LTE version of the Nexus 7 2013 are the only devices to be issued with the 4.3.1 update. Read More