factory images Stories August 23, 2016

Android – Nougat 2016-08-22 12-11-22

Yesterday Google began rolling out Android Nougat over-the-air to some Nexus devices. Now, Android 7.0 factory images for Nexus devices are now beginning to hit the factory image page on Google’s developer website. We’ll update this post as they roll out…

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factory images 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 images Stories October 26, 2015

Google uploads Android Marshmallow factory images for Nexus 6P

Google has today uploaded Android Marshmallow factory images for the Nexus 6P, just as devices are starting to arrive for those who were part of the first batch of preorders. This isn’t overwhelmingly exciting news considering the 6P ships with Marshmallow, but it’s great that developers can now manually restore if something goes wrong while tinkering around.

Here they are, direct from Google’s servers:

If you need help installing one of these, feel free to check out our guide to installing Marshmallow factory images.

Hilariously, Google’s factory images site (at the time of this writing at least) has them listed as being for Android 5.1.1. Their build numbers clearly correlate with Android 6.0.0, though, so I’m going to assume this is a simple typo.

factory images Stories October 19, 2015

Google posts Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images for the Nexus 5X

Google has today, on the press review embargo lift day and available-to-buy-outright day, posted factory images for the Nexus 5X, otherwise known as “bullhead.” They’re all for version 6.0.0, but there’s currently three different builds available. It’s not clear what the differences are between them, but it’s likely that they’re minuscule at most.

You can find the three 6.0.0 images over at Google’s Developers website, or you can find quick links below (clicking them will pull straight from Google’s servers):

If you’re on the fence about buying the Nexus 5X (or you’re considering going with the Nexus 6P instead), be sure to head over and read our review roundups for both devices from earlier today: Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P.  The general consensus, for those that are out of the loop, is that the Nexus 6P is pretty much the Android handset to beat.

If you need help flashing one of these images (it’s pretty sad if you need this already, considering the device has only started showing up on doorsteps today), you can head over to our Android Marshmallow factory image install guide.

factory images Stories August 11, 2015

Google recently released a slew of factory images for Nexus devices, following the company’s new commitment to release a security update for its Nexus line each and every month. This one in particular fixes a vulnerability in Stagefright, and updates have been slowly rolling out over-the-air following the announcement. Below we have listed every device that actually received a new LMY48I factory image, alongside a direct link to their OTA .zip downloads… expand full story

factory images Stories May 20, 2015

Android 5.1.1 factory images now available for 2012 & 2013 cellular Nexus 7s, Nexus 4, & Nexus 5

Earlier today we shared the over-the-air images for Android 5.1.1 on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Now, Google has posted the Android 5.1.1 factory images for the 2012 and 2013 mobile Nexus 7 models, the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 5. Google shared the factory images for the Nexus 10 and WiFi-only 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 models last month.

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