Google releases factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S devices on Sprint and AT&T

It has been a good week for hackers who want to experiment with their Android powered devices. Earlier this week Samsung released source code for several devices, like the Galaxy S III Mini, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note II, and their Galaxy Tab devices. Now it is Google’s turn to contribute a little something back with the posting of factory images for several Nexus devices.

The devices include Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus with an image available for stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Also from Sprint, Google has posted the images for 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Nexus S 4G. A third device, the AT&T version of the Nexus S now has Android 4.1.2 images available.

In the past, it was sometimes difficult to get factory images for Verizon and Sprint devices due to closed source code included for CDMA and LTE. Fortunately, those issues have been addressed, making the posting of factory images like these possible.

If you are someone interesting in trying your hand at tinkering with your Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S and you have been scared off by all the warnings about messing up your device, these factory images may give you some needed comfort that you can get back to a stock install. If you have been hacking your Nexus or Nexus S 4G, you may be able to get a little more aggressive in your experiments.

To get the source images, just use the source link below.

source: Google Developers

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.