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Old 16-11-2013, 13:40
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Hope someone can help. I've tried updating my Nexus 4 to KitKat, and think I've borked it, as it is now stuck in the boot screen with the four coloured spinning circles.

Here's what I did:
[LIST][*]Downloaded the 4.4 KRT16O Factory Image for Nexus 4 from Google Developers site
[*]Unlocked the Bootloader on my Nexus 4
[*]Went to Android SDK manager folder and Platform Tools.
[*]Extracted the Factory Image to this folder
[*]Enter comand prompt
[*]Typed fastboot devices to ensure the phone is visible
[*]Typed flash-all.bat
[*]The phone re-boots, I get the spinning circles and nothing more.[/LIST]
I can get back to fastboot, and have tried reinstalling the Jelly bean image, but this also hangs at the boot screen. I've tried both Images and neither seem to get past their relevant boot screens. In both instances I can get back to fastboot.

I haven't installed a custom recovery

What to do?

I'd be grateful of any help.
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Old 16-11-2013, 13:55
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Locking and then unlocking the bootloader works for many in this situation. Did you wipe everything prior to the flash? Can you get into recovery mode?
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Old 16-11-2013, 14:19
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Locking and then unlocking the bootloader works for many in this situation. Did you wipe everything prior to the flash? Can you get into recovery mode?
Gonna Try locking and unlocking now. I did wipe every thing. and can get into recovery mode. I just have little dead android their with an exclamation mark in his chest
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Old 16-11-2013, 14:20
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I tried this twice and gave up, I'll just use the GEL (Google Experience Launcher) until the OTA update is available. I do not understand how Google releases the stock 4.4 image without there being a simple (one button press) way of installing this to the phone.
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Old 16-11-2013, 14:35
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Well that was scary. I'm back, I re-read the instructions on XDA, and it's pretty clear on not using winzip to extract the factory image. I extracted using 7-zip, and re-installed.

Seems fine now.
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Old 16-11-2013, 15:20
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Well that was scary. I'm back, I re-read the instructions on XDA, and it's pretty clear on not using winzip to extract the factory image. I extracted using 7-zip, and re-installed.

Seems fine now.
Good to hear - I call such episodes "Squeaky ROM Time" - when your phone doesn't come back after a flash it certainly makes you sweat. At least it's a lot harder these days to actually brick a phone!
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Old 16-11-2013, 22:01
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I tried this twice and gave up, I'll just use the GEL (Google Experience Launcher) until the OTA update is available. I do not understand how Google releases the stock 4.4 image without there being a simple (one button press) way of installing this to the phone.

Google do provide a simple one click installer. It's the ONE installer. If you can't understand something as basic as flashing a factory image then you shouldn't even try.
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Old 17-11-2013, 13:38
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Google do provide a simple one click installer. It's the ONE installer. If you can't understand something as basic as flashing a factory image then you shouldn't even try.
I have flashed plenty of roms on previous phones/tablets.

Lucky you if you think instructions that require the user to install Android SDKs and use ADB Commands and Fastboot instructions within Windows Command Prompt or Mac Terminal interface is simple not to mentions the running of bat files dealing with Binaries, tgz files, 7zip, bootloaders, unlocking methods, then lucky you.

Especially as this is the only way to currently upgrade your phone to 4.4. I dont know what simple one click installer you refer to, and if this one click installer is available why are people having to follow XDA instructions to get 4.4

Google do not provide instructions for doing this, hence why everyone is using XDA instructions.
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Old 17-11-2013, 21:15
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I have flashed plenty of roms on previous phones/tablets.

Lucky you if you think instructions that require the user to install Android SDKs and use ADB Commands and Fastboot instructions within Windows Command Prompt or Mac Terminal interface is simple not to mentions the running of bat files dealing with Binaries, tgz files, 7zip, bootloaders, unlocking methods, then lucky you.

Especially as this is the only way to currently upgrade your phone to 4.4. I dont know what simple one click installer you refer to, and if this one click installer is available why are people having to follow XDA instructions to get 4.4

Google do not provide instructions for doing this, hence why everyone is using XDA instructions.
It should have read OTA installer not ONE installer. Swiftkey took over.

My point is Google make upgrading simple. They send out a file over the air. If you get impatient and unlock Developer options unlock your bootloader and download the software developer kit, well then you should know what you are doing. The factory images are not put there for you and me, they are for devs. If you do go into the kitchen don't complain about the heat.
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