Factory Image Stories March 9, 2016


In a surprise move, Google announced today (as we told you earlier this morning) that the Android N developer preview is available for download. The simplest route is through the yet-to-be launched Android Beta Program, but as usual Google has also posted the factory images.

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Factory Image Stories November 11, 2015


Several old Nexus devices just don’t support Android 6.0 Marshmallow (and many never will), and that has left some owners of older phones feeling left out. But now, owners of the 2010 (yep, 5 years old) Nexus S might be glad to hear that one developer has managed to put together a build of Marshmallow for the phone. It’s definitely at your own risk, but you can now install this hacky unofficial build of Marshmallow with a little know-how, and here’s how to do it… expand full story

Factory Image Stories October 5, 2015


Google has now released the latest version of Android, dubbed Android Marshmallow, which the company first previewed earlier this year at Google I/O in San Francisco. And while Google will most certainly be rolling out the update (and subsequent updates) over-the-air with no work required on your part, many who aren’t as familiar with how to flash factory images might want to install the latest build manually.

That’s why we made this guide. If you have the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013) Nexus 9, or Nexus Player, there’s a build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow available right now for you to install on your device. Be warned however, that this process isn’t something that most regular users should attempt. If you do have a little bit of command line knowledge (or you think you want to take the time to learn), keep reading… expand full story

Factory Image Stories September 9, 2015


Update: Google has now uploaded the LMY48N (Note: Not M) image for the Nexus Player.

Update 2: Google has now uploaded LYZ28K and LVY48F images for the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile and Project Fi, respectively.

As we told you yesterday, Google is pushing out one of its monthly security updates to the spectrum of still-supported Nexus devices. While you should start seeing the update — with build number LMY48M — showing up on your carrier Nexus devices over-the-air, Google has now uploaded the update to its Nexus factory image page for the Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10… expand full story

Factory Image Stories April 8, 2015

Android 5.1 factory image now available for 2012 cellular Nexus 7

Google has just posted the Android 5.1 factory image for the 2012 cellular Nexus 7. The file is available from Google’s Android Developers website and comes in at 403MB. Google last month officially announced Android 5.1 and released factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and 2012 WiFi Nexus 7.

Factory Image Stories December 19, 2014

Android 5.0.2 factory image pops up for the Nexus 7 (2012), here’s how to install it

It doesn’t look like the 2012 model of the Nexus 7 is ever going to get updated to 5.0.1, as today Google has updated its factory image download page with a previously unseen build of Android—version 5.0.2. Not much is known yet in regards to what the update packs, or whether or not all devices will be getting it at some point, but it’s likely this is just an additional build (LRX22G) Google is pushing to fix some bugs specific to the Nexus 7.

In this case, the update is for the “nakasi” Wi-Fi model of the Nexus 7 (2012). To get your hands on the update, head over to Google’s factory image download page. And if you’re not quite sure what to do with that factory image, we have a convenient guide written up just for you—although it’s best for those who aren’t as experienced to just wait for the OTA as it will surely be dropping relatively soon.


Factory Image Stories December 12, 2014


The latest build of Android, 5.0.1 Lollipop, has been rolling out to devices for about a week now, and the factory image page has been slowly but surely getting updated with more downloads. A couple days ago we saw the addition of factory image downloads for the Nexus 4 and 6, but today the page has been updated with a link for the LTE model of the Nexus 9.

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Factory Image Stories November 14, 2014

Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop factory image now available to download from Google

Google has finally published the Android 5.0 factory image for the Nexus 4. Build LRX21T ships in the form of a 471MB download and has all of the tools to get an official build of Lollipop running on your retro Nexus smartphone, as long as you don’t mind a little heavy lifting.

Factory Image Stories November 11, 2014

Nexus 7

While official Android Lollipop factory images for the all-new Nexus 9 and Nexus Player were made available earlier this month, users with other Nexus and Google Play Edition devices are still waiting on Google to seed the update. In the meantime, Nexus 7 (2012) owners are in luck, as an Android Lollipop factory image for the tablet has leaked ahead of its official release. expand full story

Factory Image Stories November 5, 2014


And then there were two. Google recently released the factory image for its Nexus 9 tablet and for an encore the search giant has uploaded an image of its Nexus Player. Indexed as version LRX21M, if you’ve invested in Mountain View’s media puck, it’ll be a good idea to snag this download, just in case you decide to tinker with your TV’s newest companion.

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Factory Image Stories November 4, 2014


Android enthusiasts rejoice! Google has just published the factory image for its recently released Nexus 9 tablet. While more people are likely waiting for the full image of Android 5.0 Lollipop to show up, today’s new addition is still welcomed with open arms.

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Factory Image Stories October 1, 2014

Nexus 7 Factory Image

Android 4.4.4 has been going strong for a few months now and while Google has released factory images for most of its Nexus devices, there’s been one purebred tablet excluded from the festivities. However, this changed today, because the search giant finally pulled the trigger and published the complete factory image for the LTE version of the Nexus 7.

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Factory Image Stories April 17, 2014


The XE16 update recently hit Glass and in wake of this major software push, Google has tossed out a life preserver to those who dare to tinker. Most likely as a safety precaution, the company has released a new factory image for Glass just in case your adventurous habits transform the expensive wearable into a $1,500 paperweight.

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