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Only last night did we share the news that the OTA (over the air) update files for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 were available, albeit unofficially, to bring your beloved older Nexus devices up to date with Android 4.4 KitKat.

Well this morning, Google Developers has delivered us another treat, putting up the factory restore images for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models). If you’ve previously modified the software running on your Nexus 4 or 7 such that an OTA update won’t apply, you can now download the factory image and restore your device to the way Google intended it.

In our experience, it’s always handy to have these images downloaded and ready to use if you own a Nexus device and are into modifying it, as it gives you a quick and easy way to return things to a working state, almost regardless of how badly you might manage to mess up your handset.

Update: It has been pointed out that there are actually Nexus 10 KitKat images available too, they’re just not linked from the top of the factory images page. You can find them here. Thanks Matt!

 

Source: Google Developers.
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    Paul Walker
    Paul Walker
    6 years ago

    I have a Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE. They seem to have not updated this OTA yet (only the WiFi model). I can’t install a factory image without losing everything can I?

    Hanging out to get some KitKat goodness.

    strand0410
    strand0410
    Reply to  Paul Walker
    6 years ago

    OTA updates are always staggered and there’s usually a healthy window. I’d rather wait for it myself. Say hi to Vin Diesel for me.

    Paul Walker
    Paul Walker
    Reply to  strand0410
    6 years ago

    LOL.

    Any known ways to get it before your turn?

    Peter Massey
    Peter Massey
    6 years ago

    HA! Typical. Only last night went through the painful task of flashing 4.3 (JWR66Y) on my N7/12 from CM10.2 to upgrade to 4.4 (KRT16O)!

    And of course today they release the factory image.

    It seems to be running faster but that could be because of the complete bootloader/recovery/system/userdata wipe!

    Bloods
    Bloods
    6 years ago

    I download the image it different to the older factory images. I extract the Tar and it just extracts some big unknown file???

    dibbz
    dibbz
    6 years ago

    Now I can look forward to broken (Microsoft) exchange services destroying my battery like all the n5 owners I work with!

    Phill Edwards
    Phill Edwards
    Reply to  dibbz
    6 years ago

    Glad I bought the LG G2 instead, then.

    dibbz
    dibbz
    Reply to  dibbz
    6 years ago

    So far so good, working great on my n4.

    Brad Hook
    Brad Hook
    6 years ago

    I for one thank our Google overlords.

    geoff fieldew
    6 years ago

    Both Nexus 7s with mobile data are there too – awesome!