We’re just hours into Android N being public and Google has already published factory images for various devices. The first version of the Android N Developer Preview can be put on the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. But, if you plan on installing factory images for them, please remember that this is still a preview and things are being worked on around the clock by Google.
Google has published the factory images for its November security update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9. The upgrade eliminates seven core vulnerabilities in the Android operating system, including the latest critical exploit which “could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.”
The much anticipated Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is here, and Google just recently posted the factory images for its supported Nexus devices. The company did announce that the OTA is rolling out, but that can take weeks, if not longer, to get to everybody. This is largely because companies roll out these updates in stages. That way if there’s something wrong, it only affects a small group of people instead of everybody with that device.
If you’re not into waiting around, we’ve got a handy guide on flashing the factory image on your Nexus device after the break!
One of the benefits that many people find in Nexus devices is the “pure” Android experience they give users. Another benefit is the freedom one gets to modify and customize the devices. That comes with some risks though and on occasion users will want to restore their device to a stock configuration. For those who are getting new Nexus 6 devices and want to see what they can do with their devices, they can do so knowing that Google has now released factory images for the device.
The version of Android Lollipop that has been posted is LRX21O, which appears to be a slightly newer version of the operating system than what shipped on some of the earliest units.
source: Android Developers
The Nexus 9 is getting another update (LRX21R), which should clean up some bugs. As usual, it will take at least a week to hit all devices, so the impatient types can download and install the factory image, which Google posted earlier today.
If you need help flashing it, you can check out our full instructions here. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the over-the-air (OTA) update, which will keep your data, assuming your Nexus 9 isn’t unlocked. Click here for those very extensive instructions.
source: Google Factory Images
The Lollipop update is rolling to Nexus devices as we speak, but it could take up to a week till your device receives it. If you’re the impatient type, we have all the instructions to get Lollipop up and running in no time. You can download and flash the appropriate factory image for your device.
Now there are a couple of caveats. The first is that your bootloader must be unlocked. It’s not a big deal to unlock it, but the only issue with that is that your device will be wiped clean as in you will lose all your data. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the OTA update, which keeps your data. If you happen to already have an unlocked bootloader, you can flash the factory image without wiping your data. Depending on your situation, we have two sets of instructions for you right after the break.
If you are the kind of person who does not like to wait for something like an OTA update to roll around to your mobile device in order to get the latest operating system update from Google, you may be glad to know that factory images for several Nexus devices have now been posted. If you own a Nexus 5, a WiFi-only version of the Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013 version), or a Nexus 10, you can download the factory images from the Android Developers site.
If you go this route, you do need to know how to manually install the image on your device. That is not an overly complicated process, but it does require a few tools and the ability to do some research if you run into problems.
Updates to Android Lollipop for the 3G/4G LTE versions of the Nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 4 are not yet available. Hopefully it will not be much longer for those to surface.
source: Android Developers
This week is Nexus week as the latest round of devices are shipping to consumers. To coincide with this, the factory images for such devices are being posted by Google. Right now, the Nexus 9 factory image is available on with the latest build of Android 5.0 Lollipop (LRX21L).
At the time of this post being published, the Nexus 9 is the only device with its factory image for Android 5.0 uploaded. We will let you know when others, like the Nexus 6 or Nexus 5, get their factory images added.
The latest build (KTU84P) of Google’s recently updated operating system, 4.4.4 KitKat Release 2, is now officially available to download for the Nexus 7 LTE 2013. However, this update doesn’t use Android’s standard over-the-air (OTA) upgrade process. Instead, you’ll need to download the 4.4.4 factory images and install them on your device manually.
As always, Google has released factory images for their latest Android 4.4.2 update. They’re available for the Nexus 4 and 5, as well as both versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. These images are basically simple ways to flash your device back to completely stock Android, so this doesn’t mean they’re being pushed out OTA yet.
4.4.2 brought a handful of fixes, most notably a patch for an SMS vulernability and some voicemail delivery and notification improvements. If you need any of the factory images, you can find them at the source link below.
source: Nexus Factory Images