Aug 10 AT 10:35 AM Brooks Barnard 5 Comments

Google makes new Nexus 7 factory image and binaries available

New Nexus 7-3

Friday brought great news regarding the new Nexus 7 and it’s future with support from the Android open source community; the factory image and binaries were released by Google. This happened for the new Nexus 7 much sooner than expected by me anyway. If was only a few days ago that we found out that Google’s Android open source manager, Jean-Baptiste Quéru (JBQ), would be quitting his due to frustrations with legal issues with making the new Nexus 7′s factory image and binaries available. Nevertheless, we have them now. We don’t have any news at this time regarding JBQ and if the release of these files are enough to convince him to stay. Regardless, we really appreciate what he’s been able to do for our Android community.

new nexus 7 factory image

The factory image for the new Nexus 7 with Android 4.3, build JSS15J, weighs in at 360 MB and contains everything we need to flash the new Nexus 7 back to stock. This makes me feel much more comfortable tinkering with my new devices knowing that if I screw something up, I’ll be able to easily return it to stock.

new nexus 7 binaries

As for the binaries, if you take a peek at the above image or follow the links below, you’ll see these binaries contain drivers for all the hardware in the new Nexus 7. What does this mean for you and me? Nothing right now, but it does mean that it’s open season for devs and development on the Nexus 7. So if you’re into that sort of thing, be on the look out for your favorite custom ROMs. This is likely a good time to throw some love and support at your favorite developer if you’re a new Nexus 7 owner. But whatever you do, don’t ask for an ETA.

So how many of you out there are excited to hear about this news? For me, after the JBQ news I was concerned about the development support that the new Nexus 7 would be seeing, because that’s important to me. It may not be to you. Now, I’m really excited to see what developers will be able to do with the new Nexus 7. It’s a great tablet and it’ll be fantastic to see people push it to the limits.

Via: New Nexus 7 Factory Images, Binaries

Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours Android modding and theming. He has a hot wife, is a father of three, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 6 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms and may or may not be rooted. You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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  • CTown

    JBQ is a really intresting character. His Google+ page always has articles to great stories on many subjects. I really like the one article he posted a link to yesterday about the mother who stopped hurrying her daughter; who is a “always stop to smell the roses” kind of person.

    • leganzish

      I happened to see that the other day. Loved that article!

  • redraider133

    Good they got it straightened out and hopefully this is a good sign for future images/binaries for these devices

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  • MOSW

    people can now easily flash Nexus 7 if find some problem in their device