Remember when the Nexus 7 (2013) launched, there was drama surrounding the delayed release of factory images for the device? Thankfully, the same is not the case for the newly launched Google Nexus 5. Factory Images and Driver Binaries are now available for the device. Furthermore, the source code to Android 4.4 is also available to those looking to bring the new OS to other devices.
Naturally, this won’t be of any direct benefit to most users, as most of us are still impatiently waiting for our Nexus 5 devices to arrive. That said, those looking to get early access to some of the KitKat goodies can do so by peering into these images and extracting all of the APK goodness and ROM developers can start messing with the source, assuming the driver binaries are compatible. In any case, it’s great to see that Google has learned from past mistakes and has the factory images available at device launch.