Google pulls Nexus 4 factory images without saying why

Google's Nexus 4 has been undoubtedly the most popular Nexus device that the company has ever released, but there have been a strange series of events this year for the flagship device.

First, after the devices were announced without LTE an LTE chip was found inside the phone that was "dormant" and "impossible" to activate. Then, a few days later, it emerged that the LTE chip in fact did actually work and that it could be enabled with a simple hack. Google's remained silent on the issue, but today the company pulled the factory images for the device from their developer website

The company has said nothing about the move, but it's likely the move is because the Nexus 4 is not cleared to be used on LTE by the FCC, nor has the company paid the associated fees with releasing an "LTE" device. Or, it might be for something else entirely.

Either way, it's not good news for the modding community, and hopefully the images will be back online soon.

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My Nexus 4 bricked itself while on the charger. I wonder if it is related... I got an email from Play Store Support after inquiring on my replacement unit:

Thank you for contacting Google.

I understand your frustration and this is an issue on our side. We had set aside a certain number of devices that statistically would of filled our need for replacement devices and we underestimated the launch of said devices, we have informed the manufacture and our warehouses and we are working hastily to fulfill these orders as soon as possible

They are getting a higher than predicted number of returns on the Nexus 4 and are out of replacements. Who knows when I will finally get mine. If their reason for the delay is: We have an issue that needs to be resolved before we send you one. Then I'm fine with that. But I think Google needs to come clean on this whole Nexus 4 debacle.

pulling the images will not suddenly make LTE NOT work on whoever is using it. it may be related but the alleged reason makes no sense at all.

No source? Comon this has been on a few Android sites, you should really give props when copy & pasting and article.

I read this a few days ago but If I remember this came from Android Soul > Phandroid

Interesting that they'd put an LTE chip in it but do nothing with it. Maybe this means the next Nexus will have LTE enabled since T-Mobile should have it rolling out next year.

Nothing interesting at all really. The Nexus 4 is really the Optimus G with slightly different Camera Sensor and of course the Android OS being 100% Google's instead of LG's framework. So when LG designed the Nexus 4, they didn't take out the chip because of cost. No reason to use a different chip.

Pulling images due to an issue in the image has nothing to do with "open source", plus, just because Android is built on Open Source software does not mean all components in the OS are open source. BTW what exactly is the point of your comment?

It's not like they revoked all access to the AOSP which is a completely different thing than "proprietary" images for the nexus series.

xendrome said,
Pulling images due to an issue in the image has nothing to do with "open source", plus, just because Android is built on Open Source software does not mean all components in the OS are open source. BTW what exactly is the point of your comment?

Don't read into it too much. It's just a simple fact that an enormous number of open source software proponents have no idea what it is they're actually supporting.

DexMorgan said,
so much for "open source"...

Source file and AOSP files are two different things.

Glassed Silver said,

The ignorance is high in this one...GS:mac

Ha! So true.