Nexus 7 Image & Binaries Made Available By Google
Friday brought great news regarding the new Nexus 7 and it’s future with support from the Android open source community; the factory image and binaries were released by Google.
Yes! Google posted the factory image and binaries for the new Nexus 7.
A big deal was made earlier this week around the lack of factory images for the new Nexus 7, with the finger being pointed at Qualcomm for the delay.
This happened for the new Nexus 7 much sooner than expected by us anyway.
The files are available by way of the Google Developers page and are listed as being for the 2013 Nexus 7 under the codename of “razor”.
AOSP guru Jean-Baptiste Queru (JBQ) decided to leave his post over the whole matter hinting that his reason for quitting was mostly guessed by the media. In the following days, a petition was started asking Qualcomm to offer the support the community wanted – although it’s not clear if it had any effect.
Regardless, we really appreciate what he’s been able to do for our Android world.
We have no idea what happened behind closed doors, but it looks like Google managed to post the files needed by Nexus 7 (2013) owners and developers.
As one would have expected, the factory image file is labeled as being Android 4.3 with JSS15J. This file clocks in at 340MB in size.
Looking towards the binaries page and we find a few options available. This is actually available as three separate files with one coming from ASUS, one from Broadcom and one from Qualcomm. The ASUS file includes drivers for the audio and sensors, the Broadcom file is for NFC and Qualcomm rounds things out with the largest of the bunch.
According to Google developers, this file includes drivers for the graphics, camera, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, sensors, media, DRM, DSP and USB. Of course, all that aside, the release of these files (the factory image in particular). This makes us feel much more comfortable tinkering with our new devices knowing that if we screw something up, we will be able to easily return it to stock.
The other aspect of these files comes in with custom ROMs. Basically now that we have these all available the playing and development can really begin. This all aside, we have yet to see anything in terms of what this release means for Jean-Baptiste Quéru.
So how many of you out there are excited to hear about this news? For us, after the JBQ news we were concerned about the development support that the new Nexus 7 would be seeing, because that’s important to us. Now, we are really excited to see what developers will be able to do with the new Nexus 7. It’s a great tablet and it’ll be fantastic to see people push it to the limits.
JBQ has not commented on the matter, at least not publicly as he did in the previous days on matters related to factory images and binaries for Google’s newest device.
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