Owners of the Verizon and Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus devices can now download the factory images for their smartphones.
An original factory firmware image helps users to restore their Nexus device to its stock form. This release is great for Galaxy Nexus devices that are currently using a custom ROM, then you shouldn’t worry any more as you can easily restore your Verizon variant to Android 4.2.2 stock factory image, while the Sprint one can be restore to Android 4.2.1 factory image. All these are released by Google and it will come in very handy some time in the future when you’ll want to restore to stock Android OS.
The factory images for both the Verizon and Sprint variants of the Galaxy Nexus are available at Google’s Developers web page. The Sprint users are only able to download the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean factory image. The official 4.2.2 variant hasn’t been released until now and it might take some time until that happens.
Without these factory images you might not be able to restore your smartphones to factory state, which you might be forced to do some time in the future. Some custom ROMs, custom kernels, or any other similar Android component, might not work with your device and the phone will refuse to boot into normal mode, which is why you will need the Galaxy Nexus Verizon and Sprint factory images. You simply download the corresponding file for your smartphone and flash it using the ‘fastboot’ commands.
What Google does with this releases is fantastic, as smartphone can easily be bricked or receive bad installations and refusing to boot. Google offers every user / developer out where a way out by simply flashing a stock factory image of Android 4.2.2 / 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and restoring the phones to an original stock Android OS.
It would be the best for you not to need need such files. Still, if you ever need the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean factory image or the Sprint Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean factory image, then you can always download them from Google’s Developers web site here.