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If you have decided that you absolutely cannot wait, that you are desperately in need of the update to the 2013 Nexus 7 LTE so you can go give Verizon your money, you are in luck. Google has posted the full Android KitKat factory image on their developers site, ready for you to download and flash to your device.

An OTA update only launched a few days ago and is still making its way to all LTE version Nexus 7 2013 models. We covered the particulars, finding that this update really only makes changes required to support the Verizon network.

The full Factory Image on the Google Developers site is marked as 4.4.2_r2 (Verizon) (KVT49L). Although we would recommend that you wait for the OTA update, we totally respect those of you that want to handle the upgrade yourself. You’ll need to understand the Root and ROM process if you wish to give this a go. For the rest of us, we’ve waited months already, what’s another day or two?

Will you be waiting for the OTA update, or have you already modified your Nexus 7 and need the full new image?

Jonathan Feist
Android purist and enthusiast, rarely more than arms reach from a stock Nexus 7. Often accused of being a Google fanboy, proud of it. Proponent for Android customization and personalization, if you can change it, make it your own!
  • Lille Larson

    Android has been brilliant for me, you can get all the apps to work for free by doing this

    • Jayfeather787

      That’s not a good thing.

    • districtjack

      And the less adventurous will stay safe by sticking to google play. I’ve still never met anyone who has been infected with malware on Android, but that makes me think its possible.
      Edit: especially when Lille Larson’s profile looks like spam,…or a new way of distributing malware by pretending to comment about something fantastic on a reputable site.

  • Android Developer

    Will they finally fix the bug that on landscape mode , full screen apps don’t show any navigation buttons , and they aren’t visible even when trying to show them?

    • Jonathan Feist

      Hey Android Developer, is the full immersion mode working proper in portrait orientation? Kit Kat introduced the fullscreen immersion mode, an app can take full screen, completely hiding the nav buttons along with the notification bar like before. Pull down from the top of the screen and the notification bar and nav bar should pop up over top the app.

      • Android Developer

        I’m pretty sure the bug appeared before kitkat (I’ve seen it a long time ago), and on apps that weren’t targeted to kitkat (meaning they didn’t add this feature yet).

        Next time I get a hand on a nexus 7 , I will try it again with your suggestion.

        • Jonathan Feist

          That is interesting, thank you for pointing it out. Sadly, the updated image, as far as we know, ONLY addresses the Verizon connectivity requirements, no other fixes or changes in this image.

          If you are right and it is language related, it is possible that Google can fix this with a keyboard app update, but that’s a long shot.

          I’ll keep tabs on this and let you know if I find anything out.

          • Android Developer

            Can you please check it out ?
            This is how the Hebrew word of “Hebrew” looks like:

            As I remember, it was near the end of the list of the languages.

            I think that in order to check it out, you will need to restart the device after you’ve changed the language, and open an app (maybe a game) that is in full screen.

  • Jayfeather787

    I am loving kit kat on my wifi only nexus 7. Smooth as butter. ART is the best thing that has ever happened to Android.

    • Jonathan Feist

      Good stuff! I too love my Nex 7, it is with me everywhere I go. I haven’t had the time to launch it into ART, any issues or incompatible apps yet?

      • Jayfeather787

        Not for me. Xposed framework does not work with ART if you use Xposed. Other than that, everything seems fine.