Soon after the release of KRT16O Factory Images and Binaries, Google has updated them with the KRT16S Factory Images and Binaries. Also, the OTA for Nexus 4 has begun and if you haven’t received an OTA update yet, you will probably be updating straight to KRT16S (happened to a friend of mine).
AndroidPolice has gone over the differences between KRT16O vs KRT16S and found that most of them were quite minor changes except the bug fix to full disk encryption and also an update to the kernel’s WLAN driver. Even if you don’t use full disk encryption, you should still flash over to KRT16S or allow the OTA update to install when it comes to you.
Should you need a guide on how to flash your Nexus back to stock from whatever ROM, you can let me know in the comments and I’ll help you out.
Almost 2 weeks after Google launched Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat, older generation Nexus devices have started receiving their OTAs. However, for those who were on custom ROMs (like my Nexus 4), you will need to use the factory images to flash back to stock KitKat 4.4 or continue using whichever custom ROMs that suit your needs. Google has finally published the stock factory images and I’ve just completed flashing my Nexus 4 back to stock (rooted) and set it up with the Google Experience Launcher.
The process to flash stock factory images onto Nexus devices isn’t that hard. It takes a little time and you probably will lose your applications (and their data), but you can choose to retain all your photos and files in your Nexus 4’s internal memory, if you wish. AndroidPolice has a detailed post about how to perform the process so you should probably head over there to read up on it if you are unfamiliar. Also, do keep in mind that Nexus 4’s KitKat upgrade does not come with the Google Experience Launcher (GEL) APK. Therefore, you will be unable to use the GEL launcher although most of the code is already present in the Google Search APK. To enable it is as simple as downloading the GEL APK from AndroidPolice and installing it onto your phone.
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Enjoy your new KitKat!
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Update: Sellers in forum.lowyat.net are selling Nexus 5 16GB for around RM1400-RM1600 depending on seller/version and Nexus 5 32GB can be found from RM1600-RM1750. However, keep in mind that sellers from forum.lowyat.net typically does not provide warranty but may assist you in claiming for warranty but all costs would be borne by the buyer. Still, if nothing happens to your phone, these prices are far more attractive compared to those found in lelong.com.my. Added link to forum.lowyat.net below.
In less than a week after the Nexus 5 launch by Google, mobile phone dealers in Malaysia has already started bringing in the Android 4.4 KitKat powered device for sale. Malaysia typically doesn’t get Nexus devices that quickly since Google does not sell it via the PlayStore in Malaysia. Therefore, these dealers are selling it with a local/shop warranty (usually 2 years). However, the prices are currently a little high. The only sets available so far are 16GB versions in either black or white and priced very unattractively at RM1999 (not inclusive of shipping). The same price can be found from 3 lelong.com.my retailers, namely DirectD, Paul1978 and SatuGadgetDotCom.
After being leaked in almost every way possible, Google has finally released the LG Nexus 5 for purchase from the Playstore. For those countries lucky enough to have access to that, orders have already started shipping and we will soon have reviews of the phone. Malaysia is still not one of those lucky countries to have access to purchasing devices directly from the Playstore and will have to wait patiently for LG to bring them in (at inflated prices most probably but here’s to hoping they do not). The LG Nexus 5 is listed at USD349 for the 16GB version while an extra USD50 (USD399) gets you the 32GB version. More after the break.
As October nears its end, one thing that many Android enthusiasts is waiting for is the launch of the new Android version and new Nexus devices that come with it.
After the highly popular (and cheap) Nexus 4 released by Google last year, anticipation is high for the new and upcoming Nexus 5. Various rumors have been circulating but one thing that has been confirmed quite a while back is that LG will be producing the Nexus 5.