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No ETA on Factory Image for New Nexus 7, According to JBQ (Updated)

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Been wondering when the factory images would arrive for the new Nexus 7 aka “flo”? According to Jean-Baptiste Queru, the master of all things AOSP and factory image, we have no ETA. In fact, he went as far as saying “I don’t know if they’ll ever be available at all.” Now, before you freak out, keep in mind that this same situation presented itself when the Nexus 4 launched, but we now have images for that device, including the new JWR66V Android 4.3 build. 

We also know that the binaries for the device aren’t available either. For whatever reason, they may not have permission to distribute these files at this time. We have seen this a handful of times in the past, but usually it relates to CDMA technology. Again, be patient.

We’ll update you as we have more.

Update:  And JBQ has now quit AOSP – could be related to this situation. His message is as follows:

Well, I see that people have figured out why I’m quitting AOSP.

There’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I’m getting the blame for something that I don’t have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.

Via:  Android Building


  • ThomasMoneyhon

    “but usually it relates to CDMA technology” Which there is none of in any nexus 7 (2013) model. The Verizon part is strickly LTE which doesnt connect to the CDMA network. Verizon sim, no LTE , no data. T-Mobile or ATT? 3G data when no LTE.

  • trophynuts

    he gone

  • foghorn67
    • foghorn67

      I appears I just derped. Article updated.

  • joejoe5709

    I thought someone over at XDA was able to grab one. I could be wrong.

  • One An9ry N00b
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    • Jason

      As a lawyer and contact negotiator, the blame falls entirely on Google for buckling to Qualcomm’s demands (Google has HUGE leverage and negotiating power, and clearly failed to effectively wield it in negotiations with Qualcomm on this point, or just didn’t care).

      • @disqus_448r9DBvmf:disqus As a technologist, I assure that there’s nothing Google can do. The fact is, aside from CPUs that are OEM exclusive (Apple’s A4, Samsung’s Exynos), Qualcomm is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else in terms of ARM performance. If you want a high end device, they’re your only option.

  • Jonathan Ly

    Its not terrible, XDA already had someone post a “back to stock” zip in the Development section that does everything except lock the bootloader.

  • Jack3D

    Gimme my LTE version!!!

  • Flat_Stanley

    Maybe they’re skipping it and going straight to KLP??

  • WTF. I hope to see it soon

  • moelsen8

    that’s kind of.. crappy. this situation happens with every new nexus. can’t it be sorted out in advance one of these times?

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Apparently he tried.

      • moelsen8

        yeah i see. that sucks.

  • Bowen9284

    I blame Verizon


      another fail for the new nexus 7

    • Nate

      I believe people are actually blaming Qualcomm this go around, not Verizon.

      • 4n1m4L

        Probably, yeah.

    • joejoe5709

      Yeah something to do with the GPU/Qualcomm. Not a good sign.

  • TheWenger

    WTF who asked for an ETA? Do you know the rules?

  • EC8CH

    Why’d they add the rear facing camera again?

    • silver_arrow

      Because, even if you never think you will use it, people want a rear camera on a tablet in the event that they do need to use it.

      • EC8CH

        stupid people make companies make stupid product decisions.

        • Munchma Quchi

          I’ve seen people at basketball games recording the action from their iPads. Pathetic. LOL

        • athom07

          One not stupid reason, that I thought of in less than 1 second – scanning barcodes. Scanning QR codes.

    • So that it’s there if you need/want it.

      Truth be told, the camera takes pretty crappy shots. I’ve had bad experiences with it so far.

      • michael arazan

        The camera is there so people can people watch without being creepy, that’s why people bring tablets and phones to the beach

        • Thanks for giving me the creeps for today.

    • Flat_Stanley

      I don’t have a tablet, but I frequently use the rear-facing camera on my phone during Hangouts/video chats. I can imagine a similar use case with the N7

    • CHRIS42060

      Have you ever seen someone at a wedding, party, or anywhere else using their tablet as their primary camera? They just end up looking pretty ridiculous.