Google makes with the Nexus 4 KitKat factory image
Two weeks following the launch of the Nexus 5, and we’re finally seeing Google start making Android 4.4 KitKat available for existing Nexus series models. Yesterday we told you about the OTA updates for the Nexus 10 and both Nexus 7 models getting their distribution started, and while Google mentioned that a similar update would be hitting the Nexus 4 “soon” we didn’t have any specifics. Well, we’re still waiting to see that OTA arrive, but Google just released the next best thing, posting the Android 4.4 factory image for the Nexus 4.
Sure, it’s not as convenient as an OTA update, and we’ve already seen the availability of 4.4 ROMs for the Nexus 4, but if you don’t mind backing your apps up, and just have to have that official Google goodness, the image is ready for you to flash.
If it strikes your fancy, Google also has 4.4 images available for all varieties of the Nexus 7 (again, both years), but not the Nexus 10, for some reason. You’ll find 4.4 binaries for all these models – and this time including the Nexus 10.
All this said, seeing the Nexus 4 images posted like this really has us thinking that an OTA update really is imminent, so patience may be the best virtue here.
Update: The Nexus 10 Android 4.4 factory image is indeed available – Google just forgot to list it on the page’s table of contents.