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LG Nexus 4 Android 4.2 Factory Images and Binaries Vanish

It seems that Google has now pulled the LG Nexus 4 Android 4.2.x system images and binaries offline. These files were supposed to be out there to allow Nexus 4 modders a way to restore their devices to an original state, making the Google Nexus 4 almost impossible to brick.

Factory images of the Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexuus and Nexus 7 3G all remain, so the reason for removal is specific to the Nexus 4.

So what is goign on here? While we haven’t heard any official word, more than likely this has to do with the recent mods that change certain code within the LG Nexus 4 to allow LTE to work for select AT&T users and most of those in Canada.

More than likely, they are fixing the holes that allow the LTE to be turned on. Why? In order to have things like LTE, you pass it through the FCC— something that the LG Nexus 4 didn’t get certified for. Because of this, Google might have received notice from FCC that they had to remove the images in a hurry and patch them up.

It’s hard to say exactly what is going on here, but the LTE ‘hack’ for the LG Nexus 4 seems like the most obvious reason for taking the images offline. We’ll update as soon as we hear anything else. In the meantime, cross your fingers and hope you don’t need a factory image until after it is back up.

SourceGoogle via Android Central



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  1. Hopefully they didn’t pull the factory image with intentions to remove the LTE tweak feature. It is sort of illegal to leave it on, because it has to match the device specifications they had provided to the FCC before releasing it to the public.

  2. Maybe they can fix 4.2.1 while they’re at it… battery sucks.

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