Early Tuesday morning, Google put December back into Android 4.2 by pushing out an OTA update to Android 4.2.1 which weighed in at just 1.1MB. Then Google pushed Android 4.2.1 into AOSP, which the update was only 1.1MB so it probably didn’t take to long to push. Now we just had to wait for Google to update the factory images and binaries. Making it even easier for ROM developers to bake Android 4.2.1 ROMs. It also makes it easier for those of us who like to flash ROMs, to return to stock Android 4.2.1. Usually we’ll flash these stock images if something goes wrong, or we need to take our device in to have warranty work done on them. Which does happen on occasion.
As you can see from the image above, we now have factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, HSPA+ Nexus 7, Nexus Q, and both the Takju and Yakju Galaxy Nexus devices. Those of you with the Verizon or Sprint Galaxy Nexus, no images for you. By now you should know that it’ll be another 2-3 months before your carrier pushes Android 4.2 out to you.
So those of you running custom ROMs on Android 4.2 on your Nexus device can now get December back by flashing the appropriate image or waiting for your ROM developer to put Android 4.2.1 into an update to their ROM. Binaries are also updated for all Nexus devices that received the Android 4.2.1 update. And of course, once again the Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Nexus binaries are not updated to Android 4.2.1.
If you missed the changelog for the Android 4.2.1 update (Build JOP40D), we’ve got that covered for you as well.
So who hasn’t gotten the update to Android 4.2.1 yet? Well if you haven’t, you can grab the appropriate image from the links below and flash it. But only do so if you know how. There are a few toolkits around that will walk you through it making it very easy. My favorite is mskip’s. I’ve used his for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4, works very well. If you flash these images let us know how they work out for you in the comments below.