Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Along with Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE also getting new Android version

Update: The OTA file for the Wifi version of the Nexus 7 (2013) is now available. You'll find the link after the break. Get to it!

Original Story: The Nexus 5 isn't the only device getting updated to the new version of KitKat, Android 4.4.1. The update is also hitting the Nexus 4 and 2013 Nexus 7 (LTE version only, for now) as part of a gradual, staged rollout. It appears the update isn't quite as big a deal for these devices as it is for the N5, which inherits a bunch of important camera improvements with its latest OTA. Nevertheless, both should benefit from the usual assortment of tweaks and fixes that point releases tend to bring. Given the fast pace of 4.4.1's arrival, it's likely other Nexus devices won't be too far behind.

We've got direct download links after the break for those wanting to sideload Android 4.4.1 onto the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE. If you need help flashing the update to your device, be sure to refer to our how-to post on the process.

 

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Android 4.4.1 arriving on more Nexus devices [update]

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Someone on google+ also had a screenshot of a Nexus 10 getting the update too...

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Second! (joke)

This is good news, I feel, just as with 4.2 and 4.3, the first release is missing some things. Like home/lock screen widgets for Hangouts to match the ones for Messaging? Hello, Google?

Well, among the things I'm seeing the update install in CWM is a new recovery, and "Patching radio." So it's not necessarily all about the camera.... ,:)

Didn't get you. You mean you can update through custom recovery? Any source of this info?
Apologies if I have missed something obvious.

I dunno what he's saying but with regards to your question; yes, it is possible to flash the OTA file through custom recovery

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u dont need an OS update for hangout widgets... all google need to do is update hangouts with that feature

January, and this is an update to mostly fix issues with one device. Something the Note 3 doesnt need.

We already have a device that is damn near perfect (except for the speaker)

I have yet to find a bug. No phone is perfect, nor can it be.

It is the closest to a perfect phone that I have used, and I have honestly carried every phone this year for at least a week. (except sony I think)

Everyone of them had a major flaw...

Either are we

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So where is the competition for the Note 3? Oh right there isn't any...

What do you mean? If you're referring to the Note 3, it's being marketed as a phone, the last time I checked, lol.

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They got bold with the camera and failed. It was a nice try though.

Storage space is not get either if I remember right (no 32gb carrier option?)
EDIT: Wrong about the storage.

IF I would have needed a phone at the time, between the One and the SGS4, I would have went with the One, but neither phone was that much of an up grade from the SGS3 or the One X to really consider it.

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So where is the competition for the Note 3? Oh right there isn't any...

And find out that vanilla add nothing to the experience

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So where is the competition for the Note 3? Oh right there isn't any...

Touchwiz is ugly, but about 15 minutes after I got the phone, it was gone. Haven't seen it since.

Functionally, it is a huge bonus. Vanilla has its uses. Functionality isn't one of them

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So what did you do with that ugly thing that ruins androids great looks (a.k.a Touch Wiz)?

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Touchwiz runs deeper than just the launcher. I had a Note 1 for a year, and Samsung Galaxy S variant Captivate before that. Even after installing a launcher, that shit is still under the surface. Only installing a source compiled ROM like CM got rid of that filth, but them I had to put up with bugs, like my wireless signal being lost, random reboots, screwed up bluetooth, etc. Bought Nexus 4, and sold the Note 1 on eBay. Best upgrade I ever made. Traded useless bolted on features for true stability and free support from a wide community of fellow users.

You don't use the features and that is fine. I do and love them.

The features of tw are a bonus, the look is horrible

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Launcher and icon pack and the look is gone.

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So where is the competition for the Note 3? Oh right there isn't any...

Who said it was coming in january? I mean if it does that would be great! I have a bunch of friends who just gave their iphones the boot in favor of the note 3 so I'm sure a timely update would be nice!

Nexus 5...enough said

It is just a leak, but that is what is going around.

It was the same leak as the 4.3 schedule so it seems pretty solid

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Keep 4.4 away from my Note 3! Not happy with it on my Nexus 7. Going to revert back to 4.3 this weekend.

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I don't have an issue on my N7

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Just remember that Samsung doesn't use vanilla Android on the note 3. By the time the update rolls around, your note 3 will probably run better because the android os will be taking up less of the resources so touchwiz won't have as many lag issues.
I seriously wish my tab 2 was getting the update, because touchwiz really slows down sometimes. However, it has the same to omap chip in the galaxy nexus, so I'm not expecting anything

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Going to do so with my N7 as well once I figure out how to revert to 4.3. Too many bugs in KitKat to be usable.

yeah it obscured things just enough to make you think the N4 was a worthy device. Now you can see clearly that it isn't...

It's best to be thought a fool and keep quiet, than to open one's mouth and prove the suspicion.

I've played with the One and Moto X, and my N4 is still a damn near perfect device for my uses.

Splattered for your amusement... via the AC App

Agreed, some people don't like the N4, and it has the odd issue, like any other device. But to say it's crap seems like blatant baiting. Or possibly being poorly informed.

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My replies from my computer keep not getting saved for some reason.

Bad battery, bad camera, bad back, no lte, skimpy storage... Just to name a few

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I have the same issue with the app, every now and then.

Lol at "bad back." It's not like the phone had arthritis, lmao.

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I don't have battery issues, but wouldn't mind more. Don't use the camera much, so can't comment, The storage is fine, again though, you can't have too much. The back is gorgeous... Just, gorgeous. LTE... I live in a smallish city in the UK, use giffgaff, maybe that'll matter next year...

How does it compare to the note 3? are you being facetious? You expect devices a year apart to be directly comparable? But, since we're using opinion as fact. Note 3 is too big. Has touchwiz. Is FULL of bloat. Looks ugly (bad back ;p) . hardware buttons.

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No I am not comparing it to the Note 3, like you said that would be foolish. And I was speaking from a USA point of view on the lte, which is ignoring a lot of people, your right.

Glass backing is nice, I won't take away from the look. It is too fragile on something that can get knocked around a lot, even accidentally.

The battery isn't an issue, per se, but it should be more efficient than a model from that same period. My sgs3 would last much longer, than the N4 I had my hands on. It didnt

The camera we will leave alone but it was not on par at all with its contemporary phones.

The storage really rubbed me raw. No way it should have been 8 and 16. I know everyone uses their phone differently, but that was seriously low ball.

Put the whole package together, then take the Nexus name off of it. Everyone would have laughed at it.

Throw nexus on there and it is the second coming of the iPhone.
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I used it :-)

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So where is the competition for the Note 3? Oh right there isn't any...

No the G was always a mid-low level phone. It is perfect for the price point

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When the nexus 4 came around, I'm pretty sure most people were willing to overlook the shortcomings for the $299-349 price tag.
I see a similar scenario with the moto g. Yes, the specs are low compared to the nexus 4, but this is really the first time that a low-to-mid-range smartphone with decent specs at such a low price point from a major manufacturer
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In my opinion the N5 is the best to date. The camera is lousy, at launch, but improving. The battery is something that can be managed. I didn't think the Sound quality, in calls or headphones, was bad. One way or another I cannot remember if the external speaker was lousy.

As I told mercdroid, I won't bash the 5, but the 4 and gnex deserve what they get

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The sound quality is actually "ok:" the speakers are not that loud when playing music, but they're more than adequate for phone calls.

The only sound issue that I was initially having was the phone not switching between the gps and music (my Nexus 4 on Jellybean never had this problem): the music would be playing, the gps would chime in with directions, then the sound would come out of the phone's speaker instead of my truck's speakers.

It seems to have corrected itself, however.

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I can get 10+ hrs of battery with mine, not sure what you mean by bad battery. Bad camera? Got no quality issue here though could be better. Bad back? Personally I always put a case on my devices regardless of material. No LTE, so what? Outside of US, that's never been a problem, HSPA+ works great here in Canada. 16 GB while not bad, could be done better with 32 GB but personally I can live with it.

Of course all of these are my opinions, and everyone is entitled to their opinions. However, I disagree with all your statements based on my experience with my Nexus 4.

When it comes to battery life, you've gotta put on screen time first. 10hrs overall with 2hrs on screen time is awful.

Sent via the Android 5.0 MilkShake.

Even 10 hours overall is horrid

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I installed the Gel and on the lockscreen, the nav buttons and the bars were still black but now its fixed

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Hopefully this fixes my text messages disappearing from notification bar when I receive them (nexus 4)

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I find if I have messaging open when the screen turns of and I get a text message if I pull down the notification bar it shows me the message for a second, then disappears. If I am in any other app it is good.

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One does not simply predict to which non nexus 5 device any update pushed by google will go to(mostly pertaining to the nexus devices)
The great google is ever watchful
There is evil in hype that does not sleep
Not with 10000 android central forum members could this be done.

Y U NO LIKE POST?

Will my Motorola Atrix HD ever get the Kit Kat upgrade or will I be stuck with 4.1.1 until I buy the Nexus 5 when my contract is up?

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+1, to hell with waiting on that carrier update. Get the n5 now and start enjoying that overpriced service like I did:)

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I heard that it was getting the update. Get the nexus 5 anyway. Then you at least have a competent backup phone that still has kitkat

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Funny, I got the 4.4 update on my 2012 nexus 7 about 2 weeks ago. A friend of mine who has a 2013 nexus 7 wifi only still hadn't gotten it as of last Friday.

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Gonna go out on a limb and say Google did this to shut up all the people bitching that the Moto X got 4.4 sooner than their Nexus devices. Now all the Nexus people have a higher version than anyone else on Android and they can be happy lol.

No the camera is that bad

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adb kill-server
sudo bash
adb devices
abd reboot recovery
- press up-power-release up
adb sideload _filename.zip_

Thanks Android Central!

For those Nexus 4 users with the 4.4.1 update, are you seeing any performance difference at all using ART? My Nexus 4's performance has remained exactly the same from 4.2.1 -> 4.4 ART. I've heard a lot of shouting about how good ART is supposed to be, and I'd love to be able to take advantage of it.

it might have been a big placebo, but I did felt my N4 snappier with each upgrade (not a lot snappier, but just a bit).
From 4.3 to 4.4 Dalvik the biggest difference was in the touch-screen response, it certainly improved. Then from Dalvik to ART the biggest different is in app load time. That split-second from when you touch the screen and the app is actually showing in front of you. After it loaded, haven't seen much difference from Dalvik to ART.

I have sideloaded updates in the past and have always run into driver issues and twice I had to do a factory reset afterwards to clear up odd issues from the update.

To date when I have waited for the OTA, I did not run into any issues which necessitated a factory reset. I openly admit that may have just been luck, but it just is less effort to wait it out for the OTA.

Dan

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Why is every Nexus 7 owner bitching about not getting 4.4.1 update? Thought it was to fix the Nexus 5's average camera? Is there any other special feature in the update? Has the device stopped working? Why not just enjoy the device as it is? Smfh

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Because the have a nexus and it HAS to be on the newest, even if it doesn't need it at all.

I am sure there are a few other bug things in there that are universal

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Just sideloaded 4.4.1 to Nexus 5 with procedure posted on AC. Is so freaking easy that my girlfriend sideloaded 4.4.1 also on her Nexus 4 by herself. Never waiting for OTA ever again! :)
P.s.: camera focus is now awesome fast :) thumbs up Google ;)

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So... The Nexus 7 (2012) update is where? It sure took mine long enough to get its 4.4 update after the OTA was supposedly sent out, and I'm not terribly patient.

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I had to do a reset on my Nexus7 2012 and 2013 and the update was there. I hope this help some that has not gotten the update yet.

Me thinks that the Nexus 7 (2012) has just been given a push overboard by Google. The device is 18 months old in a couple weeks, and point at which Google has indicated that they will no longer provide updates to devices. Time will tell, but I think the Nexus 2012 will be relying on the development community from now on for any updates.

Yeah, same here on my Nexus 5. I'm guessing order of purchase has nothing to do with it, I bought mine immediately after it was released. I'm about to just do it myself...