The Nexus 4 launch has been fraught with stock problems, quality control issues and bugs, but Google has done something equally puzzling today by removing the factory images and binaries for the device from its servers.
These images are meant to restore the device to its factory settings, allowing users to roll back software modifications before selling or returning the device under warranty, or to merely start fresh with a clean build of stock Android 4.2.1.
The likely reason for the files’ removal is the unauthorized LTE access that was discovered last month. Because the phone was not registered with the FCC as a LTE-compatible smartphone, it is illegal to access that spectrum in North America. Google is likely planning to issue a new software version in the coming days to make it more difficult to access the LTE radio on the phone, though it’s unlikely they can keep it from developers for long.
If the reasons for the images’ disappearance is not LTE-related, then it’s possible Google found some critical bug or something similar that they didn’t want propagating through the community. Until we hear confirmation, we won’t know for sure.
For the time being, if you have a problem with your Nexus 4, head to XDA-Developers and they’ll get you sorted.