Nexus 4 Factory Image Returns, But Mystery Remains

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Just under two months ago, Google mysteriously yanked the factory image for its Nexus 4 from Google Developers. Employees refused to comment on the disappearance, and speculation at the time suggested that the move might be related to the hidden (and FCC unapproved) LTE support that the smartphone has. Now, just as abruptly, the factory image is back, leaving us with only more questions.

The really odd thing is that the download’s MD5 hash appears to be the same as before it was removed, meaning that these are exactly the same files as were available before. That would suggest that the LTE-disabling theory was incorrect.

Of course, without that possibility, we’re only more confused as to why the download was ever taken down in the first place. Could it have been due to some software rights issue that Google needed to resolve? For now, the company still hasn’t commented on the situation.

Even though the Nexus 4 factory image is back, the phone’s binary files are still unavailable.

Source: Google
Via: Android Central

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!