Google uploads factory images, device tree, kernel source code for Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5
With the launch of the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 last month, Google has finally hopped on the 5G bandwagon. Thanks to the plethora of leaks around the phone duo, there weren’t many surprises at the launch event. This is the first time the latest premium Pixel smartphone doesn’t feature a Snapdragon 800-series processor, but rather the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. We’ve already seen the new Google Camera 8.0 APK from these devices get extracted for older Pixel smartphones, while the new live wallpapers can now be installed on non-Pixel devices as well. If you’ve got your hands on either device and want to start building TWRP or port a custom ROM like LineageOS, then you’ll be happy to know that Google has now released the factory images and the kernel source code for the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5.
Developers who have been waiting for the Pixel 4a 5G/Pixel 5’s stock apps and other system files, the factory images give you access to everything on these devices. Regular users, on the other hand, can use the appropriate image to return to the stock software on their phones. This is particularly useful while tinkering with the device, as you know that you have an option to get back to the working state in case things go south.
Kernel Source Code, Device Tree
The device trees for the new Pixel devices have also been uploaded, while the kernel sources are in the process of being uploaded. These sources will be immensely useful for custom kernel, recovery, and ROM developers in order to kickstart aftermarket development efforts on these phones.