Google releases Nexus 9 factory image

Google releases Nexus 9 factory image
Yesterday, the Nexus 9 was officially released, which also marked the official release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google kicked off the software flood by releasing the source code for Android 5.0 as well as the source code for all of the Nexus device branches, but it didn't get around to releasing any proper images until today, when Google released the Nexus 9 factory image.

This factory image will be quite helpful in a while, because it will let you reset back to stock if you jump down the rooting and custom ROM rabbit hole. Unfortunately, custom ROMs for the Nexus 9 are still a while away, because the source code alone isn't enough to make a working ROM. We still have to wait on the driver binaries, which can sometimes take a while. 

We haven't seen any other factory images push out, which isn't much of a surprise given that Google hasn't started the rollout of Android 5.0 to any other devices. Usually the factory image will come around the same time as the OTA rollout. Google has claimed Android 5.0 would be coming to Nexus devices soon, but we won't know when until it happens. 

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Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1, Dual-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6700 mAh



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I rolled back to stock just so I could feel the surprise of an OTA.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

There will be plenty of OTAs to come. Android 5 has a lot of little bugs and the Nexus 9 will need a few firmware updates to fix issues.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Dev builds have been nice,..I think they did a great job on this version. I already miss it, might be tough waiting like others.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5721; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The rumors are for the 12th Oct

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Most of the European or Western are enjoying their Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 (with Android 5.0 Lollipop), and i am just sitting here(Asia - Malaysia) waiting my Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 to receive the OTA Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5721; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Rumors are for the 12th Oct

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google loves to drag their feet

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5721; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hopefully its because Google is trying to avoid what happened initially with iOS 7 & 8 Lollipop on the Nexus 9/6 is reported to still have many bugs

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