Reserved? Well, yes everyone is! From the release of Nexus 5 & KitKat 4.4, Nexus 5 Rooting Instructions, ParanoidAndroid’s AOSP 4.4 builds for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 to the availability of native KitKat Apps for your Jelly Bean device, Factory Image flashing guides for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7, KitKat is everywhere!

Since, we’re already done with the Nexus 4 & Nexus 7 variants, we shall now dig it up for the last, yet not the least device; Nexus 10.

Warning!

  • Perform everything at your own risk, DroidViews or any of its community members shall not be held responsible for any damage to your device.
  • Read and understand every instruction carefully before performing the same.
  • This guide and its sole part is meant to be used only and only on the Nexus 10. Do not attempt it on any other device.

Prerequisites

  • Android Studio/SDK: Download
  • USB Data Cable
  • Backup your device’s storage, SMS, Contacts and other stuff (This will erase everything on your device)

Instructions

Note: There is no new Radio image file within the factory image. So, no need to flash any Radio, your latest 4.3 JellyBean radio shall work just fine

  1. Download the factory image “mantaray” for the Nexus 10: Download
  2. Extract the contents of the downloaded file to the desktop. So now you have a new folder viz mantaray-krt16s, holding all the files.
  3. Power off the device. Press and hold on to the Volume down and power key altogether until you see the bootloader screen. This screen is what we know as bootloader mode or fastboot mode.
  4. Connect the device to the PC via USB cable
  5. Open the extracted folder where the files are present, press SHIFT key and right-click on any empty space inside the folder, now select Open Command Prompt Here.
  6. Type the following commands and execute them one-after-another to complete the manual wiping process:
    fastboot erase boot
    fastboot erase cache
    fastboot erase recovery
    fastboot erase system
    fastboot erase userdata
  7. Flash the bootloader, type:
    fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-manta-mantamd03.img
  8. Reboot the bootloader (This is necessary), type:
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
  9. Flash the 4.4 Factory Image, type:
    fastboot -w update image-mantaray-krt16s.zip

The flashing process might take some time, so kindly be patient and let it complete. Once it does, the device will reboot itself. It will be safe to remove the USB cable once you see the boot animation.

Root Your Nexus 10

To Root your Nexus 10, you will need to unlock your bootloader and Install CWM recovery. To do so on the Nexus 10, follow this guide.

Well, most of us here would prefer this! Yes, to root your Nexus 10 running the latest, full-featured version of Android; KitKat 4.4. It’s because of talented developers like Chainfire, that we’re able to take the pleasure of Root access on our Android devices, just in a few countable steps. Once you have successfully flashed the factory image, you can perform the further steps to gain root.

  1. Download the latest SuperSU flashable package: Download
  2. Connect your device to the PC via USB cable and transfer the UPDATE-SuperSU-vXXX.zip (here XXX resembles the latest version) to an apt location on your device’s storage
  3. Disconnect your device
  4. Power off. Now press Volume down and power button altogether until you see the bootloader screen. Use the volume (+ or -) keys to highlight Recovery Mode and select it using the power button. The device will boot itself into CWM recovery.
  5. Tap on Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and select the UPDATE-SuperSU-vXXX.zip (here XXX resembles the latest version). Tap on Yes, when prompted to initiate the flashing process.
  6. Once done, tap on Reboot System Now to reboot your device.

You shall now relish the sweet taste of KitKat on your Nexus 10 tablet. If you have queries or issues regarding the Installation, directly head up for the comments and ask.

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