Looks like Google is busy posting factory images today. We just saw that Google had posted the Nexus 4 factory image for Android 4.4 KitKat. Now it appears that both Nexus 7’s factory images are now available as well. These are the wifi editions of the Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013). So far there’s no word on the HSPA+ version of the Nexus 7 (2012) or the LTE version of the Nexus 7 (2013). Hopefully we’ll see those soon as we just saw the Nexus 4 factory image pop up.
This is great news for those that have not yet gotten their OTA for their Nexus 7, like myself. Since you can now just flash the factory image on the device and get KitKat right away. Of course, you’ll lose all your data (it’s always a good idea to do a backup just in case), as well as losing root. But then again, that’s not a huge deal on Nexus devices, as it takes two commands to root your device. Kind of makes you wish all devices could be rooted that easily. If you don’t know how to flash the factory image, check out our post about the Nexus 4 factory image, the commands are the same. You’ll just need to switch out the filenames.
Just a reminder, that if you are not running stock on your Nexus 7, you won’t be able to receive the OTA from Google anyways, and this is the best way to do it. Or you could just go back to 4.3 stock and then wait for the OTA but who wants to do that? As always if you’re having issues, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to assist you with getting Android 4.4 KitKat on your Nexus 7.
It’s about time more and more people began getting some tasty KitKat on their Nexus 7s. I know I’ve waited long enough, although I have been enjoying it on the Nexus 5 for quite some time now.