Nexus 7 and Nexus 5

Nexus 5 first device to have OTA file available for download, with others surely closely behind

Following tightly behind Google's release of Android 4.4.4 factory images for the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (both years) and 10, we're starting to see Nexus devices in the wild receiving the update over-the-air. The Nexus 5 has started to receive its 2.5MB (yes, that small) update, and we've also got OTA URLs for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.

Via: XDA

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Razgriz24 says:

$5 says this patches TowelRoot

Bdrago86 says:

Never understood why companies fight rooting. They might not like it but it's going to happen regardless if they want it or not. They just needa lay there and learn to enjoy the inevitable.
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Sean Kelly2 says:

It increases the amount of money they need to spend in support from the people who have zero business rooting their devices because they read that it was important. They break their phones then call for help. Then they blame the carrier or manufacturer for their stupidity.

Bdrago86 says:

I didn't really see it that way. Makes perfect sense though. Thx

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Gekko says:

Agreed. See forums littered with rooting fuck ups help me bricked phone threads.

Bdrago86 says:

Well I can't lie I've bricked once or twice but just did a search on how to fix it. I can't think of anyone I know that roots, that hasn't bricked at least once.

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movielover76 says:

Well theirs soft bricking a device, (which I wouldn't even really call a brick) which can be recovered from and then a hard brick. Unrecoverable. Even a soft brick can cost plenty of support hours spent by the companies support department. Even if they eventually deny a warranty claim.
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littleemp says:

I have softbricked a couple of times, but never because of rooting. It's really to hard to brick a device just by rooting it.

seanjenkins says:

It's not the rooting. It's what gets done afterwards


eahinrichsen says:

Yeah, I softbricked phones a few times when I was first learning adb and fastboot. Rooting won't brick your phone. Fucking around and flashing the wrong bootloader, on the other hand...

Hoosiercub88 says:

I think that's personally a load of bullshit. I don't think the amount of people that fall into that case are as numerous as you or others would have us believe.

dcpanther says:

Well.. Think of it like this.. if 1% of android users Rooted their phones... Sounds like a low, reasonable percentage. But there are at least 500 million devices out there. so.. 1% is 5 Million devices.

Megaroad says:

The companies could ship their phones with an "enable root access" option in the developer settings. Then there wouldn't be an issue with people messing up their phones during the root process etc.

NoNexus says:

Oh yeah? How much more would you like to hear that Android is a virus ridden mess because dumb people click links that they shouldnt or download "free" apps? Then turn around and sue the OEM because they were not protected from their own asshattery (didn't that jsut happen with in app purchases)

crxssi says:

And that is different than MS-Windows machines how?

NoNexus says:

it isnt, but is that the route you want to go? Especially where there are alternatives that are just as strong (not Mac is not equal to windows in anyway)

crxssi says:

I can't say what is right for the masses. I use Linux computers and, of course, have full root access to all of them and have never had any malware, so I don't quite fit into any mainstream category. I do think there needs to be a balance.

I guess my point is- MS-Windows desktops typically give all owners "root" access and are often riddled with malware and the manufacturers are not sued into oblivion as implied above. You can't protect everyone from themselves.

Fortunately, since I run Nexus phones and tablets, I have never really had the need to root... there have been few vendor annoyances or heavy interfaces I had to deactivate. Doesn't mean I don't want to have the option, however.

jonnyships says:

Google gives you Fastboot, which is an official rooting method.

NoNexus says:

Fastboot is not an official rooting method. It is a diagnostic tool that you can do a whole bunch of things with. Installing root files could be one of them, but that is not the intention of the tool

mwara244 says:

So I shouldn't download Badoink from the Fake Google Play store and clean my android device because the link says my phone is infected with 14 viruses

jonnyships says:

Nexus devices almost do just that. You have fastbook oem unlock. Then all you need to do is adb push a su binary to xbin and a SuperUser.apk to /system/app. Might have to remount system as -rw I believe before the pushing, but you get the idea.

crazifyngers says:

Maybe. But more likely it is to patch exploits. Gaining root through towelroot or any similar method is a vulnerability. The only method of rooting a phone that I can think of that isn't an exploit is through an unlocked boot loader. Sadly those seem to be going away again.

Sean, if someone roots, or attempts to root their device, the device will inform them that to do so will void the warrantee. You can't blame the carrier, or manufacturer for this. You are assuming responsibility for your own actions.

For years now I have rooted my tablets.The major problem with rooting is that some will not take the time to get good advice, accept it, and learn to follow it to the letter. Even if you do brick the tablet or phone, there are almost always workarounds to recover control of your device.

At present I rarely use other computers, but my primary device is one that many would, in ignorance, call obsolescent or obsolete. This is a Motorola Xoom!

However, having rooted this tablet has proven the value of rooting. I went through the process of finding information, copying what I needed, going step by step, and rooting the Xoom. Initially this seemed daunting, but in the process I've gained some expertise regarding the tablet. Much of this information has come from the Xoom forums of XDA.

Well, what has come of this? At present My Xoom is running a custom Android 4.4.4 Rom from Omnirom together with the most advanced versions of PA_GAPPS. The result is a screaming, bleeding edge tablet that is indispensable to me. It never leaves my side. I don't know if we well be able to develop the Android L Roms, but it's for sure that there are very few tablets at the moment that can equal the BYOD capabilities of my Xoom.

NoNexus says:

Lay there and take it? I suppose they should accept the inevitable and just have it covered under the warranty and continuously replace the devices for free. All that to cover the maybe 5% of people that might do it.

Seems legit

Bdrago86 says:

I said that as a root user and it would benefit someone like me. But as in general no I can see why they wouldn't just "lay there and take it". I heard some about towel root and I thought it was just another work around for root. I didn't know it was causing security problems. I do agree that people root or at least " try to" root their phones, that have no need or good reason to.

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NoNexus says:

and most do not try. Most of that has to do with locking things down. That is a good thing.

Only the ones who know half of what they are doing should attempt it at all and that is only after lots of research...

PS I root everything as well.

Bdrago86 says:

I didn't mean "people try to root" as in a mass number. I meant regardless if it's 1 or 100 people. Some try for the hell of doing it with no other reason but to be rooted. I can only speak for myself but I've had coworkers ask me to root their phone and when I ask what they plan on doing, more than a few have followed with "what can I do with root access". Needless to say I refuse these request cause I don't want them coming back pissed at me when they completely screw their phone up. I'm guessing this is a reason why some companies refuse and fight it, as stated by a previous person.

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MarylandUSA says:

I rooted so I could...
- Conduct a Hangouts videochat in 4G, not just in WiFi
- Soft-shuttoff, using RiBoot.
- Use Nova Launcher's "root only" features, such as eliminating the padding around widgets so my 6.4-inch Sony Z Ultra GPe's display has as much usable glass as a 6.9-inch display.

TuxRug says:

Patching Towelroot is not fighting root. It would be fighting a catastrophic security hole. Using the same method Towelroot uses, ANY app, even one from the Play Store, can do whatever the heck they want with your phone because ANY app can gain FULL ROOT ACCESS anytime without any consent from you whether you are rooted or not. This same thing had to be patched on tons of Linux systems.

movielover76 says:

Agreed , vulnerabilities that allow things like towelroot need to be patched.

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meshdub says:

Exactly. I wish there was a way to promote comments so other people could see this.

bpear96 says:

Rooting is fine , OEMS should just allow unlockable bootloaders like nexus (some do). Rooting with an exploit like towelroot however is nice and all.. But all it is really doing is pointing out a security hole that allowed an installed apk to gain root privileges. Imagine how many bad things that could lead to.

zelendel says:

Root in its self is a security risk. This is the reason alot of banking apps will not run on a rooted device. I mean think about it. All it takes is for say an xposed mod with the right set up and it can act as a keylogger and get every password you punch in. Ask any real Android security specialist. They will tell you to remain stock and never root.

I totally disagree with this. Running under a VPN, using good antiviral software, and a program similar to Roboform thoroughly protects a rooted device.

The benefits of rooting do so much to outweigh the problems that you can't believe it.

By the way, because I am rooted I have been running a custom Android 4.4.4 Rom on my tablet since July 2nd.

I wouldn't have a tablet that wouldn't allow me to make my tablet better than when I got it.

descendency says:

The process of rooting is a software exploit. They're fixing bugs. That's all.

Me either. I get administration access to every computer I buy and phones and tablets are computers. I should be able to do whatever I want with it.

Root is more than just being able to remove carrier logos. It's about being able to run SSH tunnels, etc to secure myself when I'm at, say, the airport on WiFi (as an example).

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jonnyships says:

It's an exploit. These are Nexus devices so you have a SUPPORTED method of rooting through fastboot. They're trying to keep the OS secure because you definitely WON'T be getting government contracts with known exploits just sitting out there.

syberghost says:

Because the vulnerabilities that allow you to root your device typically also allow bad actors to root their malware on your device.

stab244 says:

Artem from Android Police already confirmed it doesn't break it on his G+. It does have a warning when you install it though that it may harm your device but doesn't stop it outright.

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stab244 says:

For the doubters.

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joshua.worth says:

It doesn't

krylon360 says:

It's just a patch for CTS and SSL compliance; and a JavaScript exploit fix.

yankeesusa says:

It doesn't, it's already been confirmed.

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sher9501 says:

It doesn't. It only features some OpenSSL patches.

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ConTejas says:

It has a new radio. So it's not "just" a security patch (and I'm sure you know by now it didn't patch that).

dcpanther says:

Well, It's not a terrible idea. Considering Nexus devices are easily rooted by normal means. But then realize, if there is a pathway for a software root, it's possible to build it into a malicious app, and that app now has root access to your device.

And then Apple can brag more about the "Toxic Hellstew" of android Malware.

DeerSteak says:

This must be why only the unlocked Moto X got 4.4.3. They probably knew this was coming before they got other versions ready

Detonation says:

Sprint version just got 4.4.3

DeerSteak says:


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bhatech says:

No because of useless carriers.

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eahinrichsen says:

In theory, Moto is not supposed to have any kind of early knowledge of or access to software updates.

dcpanther says:

All OEMs have early access to software updates. Google announced it at IO last year.

anthonok says:

I'll see it in a week.

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vividrich says:

I'll get it in two lol.

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Ant34 says:

Sideload it.

I haven't gotten it yet.

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cj100570 says:

It's a security update to patch an SSL vulnerability according to a teardown posted a little while ago.

OTA captured as well;

Mooem says:

Gotta love ADB sideload.

kymoon says:

To quote Jerry: "troll-out."

sdreelin says:

I got the OTA 4.4.4 on my Nexus 10 a couple of hours ago so it's rolling on that device too. Shockingly though it didn't break MX Player Pro as every update does!

Orbiting234 says:

Damn, you didn't capture the link to the OTA zip? :(

sdreelin says:

Unfortunately it downloaded before I ever saw anything about it even being out on sites like this one.

redhawk24 says:

My 2012 Nexus 7 just now got the 4.3.3 update..

Johnny Blake says:


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jomcty says:

Well, the battery life on my N5 has been progressively worse under 4.4.3. I hope this "fixes" it even though it appears to be a security update.

ajpri says:

Got it! It actually installed with Franco Kernel!

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zackmack7 says:

Here we go again

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TheDu9du says:

Hooray!! 4.4.3 drained my battery on my Nexus 4. It seemed to forget Project Butter back from Jelly Bean.

DeerSteak says:

Nothing on my 2023 Nexus 7 yet.

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neonworm says:


DeerSteak says:

Clearly I'm from the future.

NoNexus says:

Have they every actually released the 1+ one without an invite by then?

eahinrichsen says:

They're having prospective buyers duel to the death to win a chance at invites to the OnePlus 9.

TimeHunter says:

I just got 4.4.3 on my 2012 N7 yesterday, go figure.

fechhelm says:

Just got 4.4.3 yesterday on my Nexus 10.

Jon Pham says:

DLing it now. Hope it fixes my Plex video stuttering
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AndroidDario says:

What does 4.4.4 bring?

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Jon Pham says:

On the front end of things I don't see anything. Prov just big fixes

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yankeesusa says:

Just a patch for an ssl bug that was found. Reason why the oneplus was delayed last week to receive an update.

walter1832 says:

roughly 12, give or take

Ivo-p says:

It has nothing to do with Towel root -

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And yet I'm still on jellybean... Come on...

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jacob114489 says:

I'm so sorry. :(

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thatguy97 says:

Lucky you if use SD cards :)

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88 FLUX says:

I'm still waiting for 4.4.3 on my Nexus 7 2013 LTE. Grrrrrrr.

grydlok says:

I don't know why, my 2012 got it, it's not that big of deal

"Nothing I shoot ever gets back up again."

net62957 says:

Same boat........

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Tito Lukason says:

Wondering if they gonna update Nexus 7 (2013) LTE anytime soon or it stays on 4.4.2 :(

cliffords says:

Thanks for the link to the zip file. Works flawlessly with my rooted N5.

yankeesusa says:

Did you just flash using a custom recovery? Were you on stock kernel with xposed disabled if you use it? Thanks

korab84 says:

Let's start hitting the "check for update" key frequently :P

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Great, 4.4.4 is out and my Moto G GPE doesn't even have 4.4.3 yet. I'm not quite sure what the point of buying the GPE was.

thatguy97 says:

Me neither the regular version has stock just with some useful moto apps

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I'd purchased it after the sale of Motorola to Lenovo, concerned that Lenovo may impede the update process. I figured the certainty of fast and continuous updates outweighed the inclusion of a few moto apps that I likely wouldn't use anyway. That was the point for me at the time, now I'm not so sure since the non GPE Moto G is on 4.4.3 from what I've read.

Hunter2014 says:

Patience young grasshoppers.

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hmmm says:

Seems this is a fairly boring update. I'll not worry about sideloading this time and just accept the OTA in a few weeks. Apparently there is a new radio though...

ScottJ says:

I got a little impatient and flashed the factory image. Unfortunately, I hadn't previously unlocked my booloader on my Nexus 4 and forgot that doing so wipes your device! Previously, I had only flashed OTAs. Needless to say I spent some time last night restoring my phone to a usable state. Luckily, due to cloud backup I'm back up with no lost data but it was still a pain. I guess my phone was due for a wipe and refresh anyway.

nldr says:

If you use nexus root toolkit, you can flash new Roms and re-root without losing your settings or apps+data or internal storage.. Just check "no wipe mode" in settings..

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ScottJ says:

Well, now it doesn't matter as my bootloader is unlocked and will stay that way.

Hunter2014 says:

OmniRom has 4.4.4 out and running wild !

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TJayDroid says:

Got paranoid about updating my Nexus (2012) to 4.4.3 when I saw some of the issues crop up on Google's product forums (esp. the boot loops). So... when 4.4.4 rolls out to my Nexus, will the update screen show 4.4.4, or will I still need to download 4.4.3 first?

Yeah most likely you would have to update it to 4.4.3 first… .you're not the only one who didn't update your nexus I'm in that club too… I'm just waiting to see if the software would still have bugs before I update… if you do decide to update let me know how it turns out for you.

Updated my 2012 N7 to 4.4.3 two days ago. No issues so far.

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TJayDroid says:

Thanks to both of you for the info. Going to mull it over on the drive home. :) I'll very likely update, though.

Hi Jay,
You're welcome if it's any help I just took a chance and updated to 4.4.3 and no issues so far.

babamastram says:

I haven't recieved OTA update for my NEXUS do they short the phones while sending update notifications ?

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4.4.3 on my Nexus 4 has killed internet access for some apps (Google search,play store) but not android central. Have seen a few people mention this on the forums. Is anyone seeing it with 4.4.4?

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rpras says:

Why do I keep getting "failed to download" the OTA file from the Google server?

(for Nexus 5?)

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That's weird. I didn't really hear many people getting the OTA. I hope it didn't get pulled. We will know if 4.4.5 gets released tomorrow lol!

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scifidroid says:

Just got it OTA on my N5, hopefully it fixes the battery drain problems I've been having.

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jfosterjr says:

Got my OTA 4.4.4 update for my Nexus 5 at 15:00 Eastern, had checked 15 minutes earlier and it wasn't yet available.

RumoredNow says:

Nexus 7 2012 (WiFi + 3G) - Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L) to 4.4.4 (KTU84P)

I just got the update in my nexus 7 (2012) wifi today in India

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magicdesign says:

Still waiting