T-Mobile recently tipped off the media that the Android 4.4.3 factory image would be released to Nexus devices, and it looks like that tip-off was right. Google released the factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on their images and binaries pages.
Excellent news for unlocked Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners like myself who enjoy the pleasures of fiddling with those respective devices. The Google Development team has officially released the official Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K factory images for the unlocked Galaxy Nexus (“takju”) and the Nexus 7, respectively.
Amid over the air Android 4.4 updates to Google’s Nexus devices, Google has posted the factory images for both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013). Users can use these files to return their devices to stock settings on Android 4.4, essentially giving their phone or tablet a clean start.
If you own a Nexus tablet, you might want to check out Google’s latest factory image page. The WiFi versions of the 2013 Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and brand new Nexus 10 all have official factory images for Android 5.0.1 available to flash.
Google posted the 4.1.2 factory images for the “Yakju” Galaxy Nexus as well as the international versions of the Nexus S (i9020t and i9023). They also offered the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 factory image for the Nexus Q.
The best part about owning a Nexus device is the almost immediate ability to upgrade to a new version of Android when it’s announced. Shortly after announcing Android 4.3, Google has put up factory images of the software for Nexus users to download and install.
Aside from the occasional legal quirks and roadblocks, owning a Nexus device is great because you’ll always have access to factory images of your device in case you ever need to completely undo any customization or just want to start from scratch.
Some hawk-eyed hackers noticed something strange this morning: the factory images for the Nexus 4 seem to have disappeared from Google’s developer site. A factory image is a file that allows you to restore your device completely to stock in case something goes wrong while hacking and tinkering with your device.