Brick be gone! Google releases full factory OS image for Nexus 7

Brick be gone! Google releases full factory OS image for Nexus 7
Anyone that tinkers with his or her devices knows the risks. While today’s rooting and rom procedures are infinitely simpler and less risky than a few years ago, we all hold our breath on the first boot hoping to avoid a brick, boot loop, or other epic mod fail. Luckily in the dev community some devs have managed to acquire and distribute factory images for some devices that allows you to effectively start over in case of a major mistake.

Google doesn’t want anyone to worry about that. Like it has with all its prior Nexus devices, Google has publically released the entire Android 4.1 Jelly Bean factory image for the Nexus 7 “nakasi” tablet. While we expected Google to carry on the tradition of making the factory image available for this device, the publishing time is quite impressive and, of course, appreciated.

Hopefully none of you I/O attendees managed to brick your freebie already. If you did, the image, which is just 250MB, is available now via the Google developers site.

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh



1. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Well done Asus I love your products, unfortunately Apple will be seeing you in court shortly for a frivolous lawsuit that will cost you millions in legal fees because of their seething hatred of Android.

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

god. if Apple still sees something wrong in a thick 7" camera-less Android tablet and sues them... I'm going to burst! >< they may sue things that have resemblance, but if that happens... :/ i didn't like what happened with the Galaxy Nexus.

10. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I hate what happened to the Galaxy Nexus too, although I don't think the injunction will hold up as Samsung will appeal it and I don't think Apple will shell out the near $100 million bond. Just because they won the injunction, doesn't mean it will go into effect. But that's looking at it optimistically. Google really needs to stop this laissez-faire attitude they have with Apple suing all these Android manufacturers. Because Apple may just sue Android out of the competition and we'll just have Apple and WP in the end.

4. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

And why are bringing Apple into this discussion? Let's talk more about the well priced beauty and topic at hand.

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i like the way Google encourages these stuff. I really wish I had one. :(

5. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

You don't have to wait much longer bro. I will definitely purchase one as soon as it hits stores!

6. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Such a great news!!! I bought a Htc Desire from some guy for $100 because he thought it was bricked. What he didn't knew was that HTC had released the image. In 15 min the phone was running great. I've been using that phone ever since. The Images are great!

7. azri05 unregistered

This may have nothing to do with the article but I'm proud i choose Asus as my new laptop. lol :-P

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Thanks Google. < 3

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That's a definitive progress

11. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Since no one is really keeping on topic, I just wanted to let you guys and gals know how much I like Vince's Pizza. umm yummy

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