Nexus

Yeah, yeah. The new Nexus 5 is the first with Android 4.4. But if you're sitting on one of those other Nexus devices — as in 2012's Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, and the Nexus 7 (we presume both the 2012 and 2013 versions of it), know this: You'll be getting KitKat in the coming weeks as well.

In addition, the Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One also will be updated.

Here's the exact word from Google:

We’ll also be rolling out the Android 4.4 update worldwide in the next few weeks to all Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices.

 
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brendilon says:

This is the oddest release/announcement of a device and OS I've ever seen.

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MetalMike901 says:

No kidding! No fanfare no publicity, just here take it and leave....lol

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Taz89 says:

Imo after all the hype, teasing etc the fact there was no event is an epic fail especially when they had an event just to show some new photo effects in g+... Seriously you would think they would want to showcase kit kat but nothing. Epic epic fail imo

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MetalMike901 says:

I agree completely! Maybe goog is not as proud of the new os as the hype suggested, lol. I guess we'll hear something eventually, but I would think goog would beat the drum loudly to draw attention.

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Taz89 says:

I'm still vexed.. All that excitement ends in such a flop.. Seriously why build up all that hype just to end all that excitement like this.. Anyways now all I care about seeing my last gen nexus 7 get 4.4..they say 4.4 is optimised for lower end devices so it better fixed my n7 cause that thing runs like it's a 3 year old device.

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TheMimic12 says:

It has a Tegra 3, so I would expect kit Kat to be little trouble on your nexus 7

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Taz89 says:

I'm still vexed.. All that excitement ends in such a flop.. Seriously why build up all that hype just to end all that excitement like this.. Anyways now all I care about seeing my last gen nexus 7 get 4.4..they say 4.4 is optimised for lower end devices so it better fixed my n7 cause that thing runs like it's a 3 year old device.

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MetalMike901 says:

Funny you say that about the old N7. I thought maybe something was seriously wrong with my N7 as it performs so badly, esp compared to my n4. I really hope the 4.4 update really does help and isn't just more marketing mumbo. In fact my n7 is so bad I vowed not to buy another nexus tablet.

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ulidor says:

You need to do a factory restore on the N7. I had the same issue. After doing this it runs like a beast again ;)

Deke218 says:

As part of this release, we kicked off Project Svelte, an effort to reduce the memory needs of Android so that it can run on a much broader range of devices, including entry-level devices that have as little as 512MB RAM. From the kernel to system, frameworks, and apps, we've reduced memory footprint and improved memory management so Android can run comfortably on only 512MB of RAM. We did this not only on Android but across Google apps, like Chrome and YouTube.

rkirmeier says:

Your comments are simply stupid! Regardless of how it was released or presented it's still the same product and features... It doesn't make it any better if they made a big event out of it. Grow up!

No, but I would have liked to see an event, to show off that Google is in the HOUSE!!!

NAPARAMA says:

About the N7. Had the same problem. I just did a back up and factory reset, Google downloaded all my apps in a pretty short time, and it the N7 works like new. It took me 20 mins. Just like a laptop, the N7 overtime gets filled up with junk, and you need to clean it. Do the reset, it'll work and it is painless.

dannyd86 says:

Those over the top events are pointless and a waste of money. Everybody who would report on a live event and write an article will still write the article. Just search google in the news, they've made headlines today.

The evemts are essentially just ways to pat themselves on the back. A company party. which for whatever reason they figured wasnt needed this time around.

Didnt you read all the headlines of how routine and boring apples events are now. That shits played out accross the industry.

Kayone73 says:

Yep Google was pretty smart to get the new products out there and build up the hype through multiple leaks and spend no money doing a big fanfare product announcement. The fact the 16gb N5s sold out shows they aren't idiots... Unlike some of the commenter's here.

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rserda says:

uhh... the 16GB N5's are STILL available in both Black and White...?!

I just checked the Play Store...

Tesla67 says:

No they are on what you could call back order now. was like 3 days to leave wearhouse now its 2-3 or even 3-4 depending on the model.

Jlav78 says:

To be fair we all knew what was going into the update after all those 'accidental' leaks

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Deke218 says:

Google is letting the device speak for itself. The Nexus line was never meant to outclass other devices. It was just meant to show what Android could be. Plus they don't want to draw attention away from the Moto X.

mickrussom says:

Moto X? At this point it is looking like Google threw Motorola mobile under the bus, hardly like they care about moto X. Note that play has LG Nex4, Nex5, HTC One, Samsung S4. Moto X may not see kitkat for the better part of a year, Motorola is not being helped by Google at all.

micah kling says:

I'm pretty sure Google bought Motorola some time back I assume the next nexus phone will be made by motorolla

John Robson says:

I believe they are keeping the nexus line separate from Motorola to appease other handset makers, if it is felt that Google prioritises Motorola with android they may switch to a different OS.

zmonkey says:

I think they are collecting demographics and other data to see how smart the Internet has become. :-)

sdmackie says:

That's great what about Samsung nexus?

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jd914 says:

Time to upgrade

deercreek says:

Unless they put out a Nexus 5 for Verizon, there is no upgrade.

Ain't that the truth.

return_0 says:

Leaving Verizon is an upgrade.

mickrussom says:

Verizon is by far the worst carrier now. Even straight talk AT&T is LTE now. Prepaid @ LTE. You get maybe an extra mile of range in the boonies, but anyone with a decent coverage area is killing themselves with greedy overpriced bad phones verizon.

s_wegman says:

exactly, but weird if you ask me. Make one of the major features of 4.4 the lower spec requirement but don't count in the gnex.

Hope you'll be able to get it down the custom rom route

patruns says:

Galaxy Nexus? no?

Ikeman90 says:

cant support those relics forever.

JobiWan144 says:

Nexus S released with 2.3 and got 4.0 and 4.1. G-Nex released with 4.0 and got 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3.

That said, 2.3 -> 4.0 was a much bigger update than any of the others. Perhaps they haven't decided on the G-Nex yet.

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Jlav78 says:

They have, there is none

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timehat says:

I've been pretty disappointed with owning a Galaxy Nexus since around the time the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 came out. As soon as those came out/while they were in development, Google seemed to decide that the Galaxy Nexus didn't matter anymore. Perhaps increased by some sort of falling out with Samsung, issues working with Verizon, etc. Android 4 released on it, it was first for 4.1 (which was a huge performance/project butter refinement for the phone). But with 4.2 onwards, the Galaxy Nexus was definitely an afterthought. Performance was shot. Personally, I went back to 4.1...

Contrast this to Apple. While their devices might lose some performance with new OS versions, etc., they at least continue to get updates and the owners don't feel entirely slighted by Apple (well, no more so than any Apple user should feel :P). I love the community of Android and in my opinion, the better overall UX and freedom of the platform, but I feel like an Android fan without a place to enjoy it. If I get a non-Nexus phone, I have to deal with the crapware/ugly skins. If I get a Nexus phone, I know Google/device manufacturer only cares about me until the next flagship device comes out. Who knows what the long term support for the Google Play edition devices will be...

MERCDROID says:

Regarding your comment about the GNex and 4.2, I didn't have any issues with it. Sure, there was some lag, but it ran great, overall. When it received 4.3, it ran like a new phone again.

As far as long term support: what do you mean? This isn't a desktop OS such as Windows. Updates come fast, and technology advances at an even faster pace.

Two years for updates is as good as it gets. The Galaxy Nexus isn't even sold anymore. So, how much sense would it make to provide "long term support?" At some point, the companies would be losing money on providing updates for handsets that people no longer have.

iOS isn't perfect, either, as its users have update "woes," as well.

My best advice for you is this: don't buy a phone for what you think it could become. Purchase a device that does everything that you need/want it to do today. I'll be holding onto my Nexus 4 and soon Nexus 5 for awhile. Sure, at some point they won't be updated anymore; but, they will still get the job done, even down the line.

Julius Loa says:

Wha? U gotta be kiddin me. My htc desire bravo runs jelly bean. Yeah, i lags a bit, but compare the specs. Galaxy nexus' hardware is capable of running android 6 or even 7, for sure. Leaving gnexus behind makes no sense. The only explanation's the "htc greed syndrome", which would be a giant fail.

timehat says:

I think the trick for Apple is they (until the iPhone 5C) sold the previous generation iPhone new for another year. Then they support it with software updates for two years on top of that. It doesn't mean that they have a great experience towards the end, but Apple doesn't completely abandon them. Google is abandoning people while they're still on contract. 4.3 (never officially released, but I used Shiny ROM) was even worse for me than 4.2. In Chrome, the keyboard process would get killed on me to free up more memory for Chrome. That's what's so disappointing is that 4.4 should address that.

When I buy a phone, I know I'll have to keep it for the duration of a contract (or if I get a device off contract, I probably only want to buy one at most once every two years). So I definitely want to know if it'll work well at the end of that time period.

return_0 says:

Actually, Apple sold the previous generation for two years and supported it for another year.

swagsaunders says:

So you're going to go knock on TI's door and tell them to start supporting the chip they built again? The GNex ran a good course and made the impact it needed. Unfortunately they chose a chip that isn't being supported any longer. This isn't new..talks of it not getting anything beyond 4.3 came up before the 4.3 update was released due to TI not support the chip anymore.

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So how about an actually announcement of this new software...

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zackmack7 says:

yay

framos242 says:

So next week? 2 weeks? 3 weeks?? Must know!!

Grahaman27 says:

Should have given the nexus s 4.4 to prove it runs on devices with 512 ram.

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TheMimic12 says:

The ROM community will have the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus up on Kit Kat very soon. That said, it would have been nice to get it officially onto these phones.

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djw39 says:

So 4.4 will be optimized for low memory devices, but will only be available for high end high spec devices? Give me my Nexus S 4G update!

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Taz89 says:

Yh kind of doesn't makes sense with highlighting that 4.4 is optimised for lesser speced devices they decide to abandon there lower spec devices.. Saying one thing and doing another.. How can Google expect other oems to update there lower end devices if Google won't do it themselves lol

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SachinBahal says:

I hope the Galaxy Nexus (the Unlocked Google Play Store one) gets it as well. Cause that's what I'm using now.

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TheMimic12 says:

It won't. The processor isn't supported by Texas Instruments anymore. If it were up to Google, I bet it would get it.

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ddot196 says:

Sweet. Look forward to it. This is why I only buy Google phones anymore.

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MetalMike901 says:

If the 4.3 update was any indicator, I guess I can assume my nexus devices will see the update in 2 or 3 weeks. Waiting sux...

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Better then waiting 8 months because Samsung and Australian carries suck balls

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Better then waiting 8 months because Samsung and Australian carries suck balls

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Well if we're gonna have to wait up to a few weeks for 4.4, I hope we at least get the new Hangouts on 4.3 before then to have something new to play with while we wait haha.

GG1 says:

Just download the apk.

Done! Haha, none of the APK's were pulled and posted yet when I made that post.

Ry says:

Looks like the Galaxy Nexus is done?

I called Verizon today. (I've decided that I'm going to start calling them once a week until we get 4.3.) She said that 4.3 is coming "soon". She put me on hold to talk to someone higher than herself, and then came back to tell me that, at this time, the Verizon GNex was not slated to receive 4.4. My HOPE is that we're just not in the first wave of devices to receive the update, but that we might get it later. But... who knows? :-(

mickrussom says:

Verizon is junk, Im done with vendor locked and vendor stained phones. Only pure android unlocked and rooted forever more.

BartmanJax says:

I'm not updating my N7 (2013) anytime soon. It took HBO FOREVER to update to 4.3. I'll wait a while.

kgh00007 says:

What about my Gnex? I need something to breathe life into it! :-(

Qwkslvrmz says:

This is what I've been waiting for!! I just want to have some smooth kit kat rolling on my nexus 4 till I can get the 5!! I would stick with the 4 but I'd rather have 32 gigs of storage rather than 16...

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VAVA Mk2 says:

Galaxy Nexus is dead.

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decke003 says:

Galaxy Nexus update not happening

https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/3468085

sportinss says:

Why are people still using these old devices? Time to upgrade!! I have a Nexus 4 and a Samsung GS4 GPE and just put in my order for the Nexus 5 32GB. SO excited!!!

Because we are stuck on Verizon. That is why

dugsurf says:

I feel your pain. What a shame they aren't going to carry the Nexus 5. Seems like the relatively low outright price of it would lessen Verizon's leverage to force customers off unlimited in order to get a cutting edge device. For many, there's no need to commit to another two year contract on carrier subsidiary with a $350 outright purchase price. Allowing customers to purchase the N5 on Google Play would be giving them too much freedom. As much as I enjoy the VZ coverage I'm frustrated with how they handled the G Nex updates. I have both generations of N7 tablets and want the N5. I've heard there's a way to sell an unlimited VZ plan on Ebay. Does anyone know anything about that?

dugsurf says:

I feel your pain. What a shame they aren't going to carry the Nexus 5. Seems like the relatively low outright price of it would lessen Verizon's leverage to force customers off unlimited in order to get a cutting edge device. For many, there's no need to commit to another two year contract on carrier subsidiary with a $350 outright purchase price. Allowing customers to purchase the N5 on Google Play would be giving them too much freedom. As much as I enjoy the VZ coverage I'm frustrated with how they handled the G Nex updates. I have both generations of N7 tablets and want the N5. I've heard there's a way to sell an unlimited VZ plan on Ebay. Does anyone know anything about that?

Mo ZedEl says:

Will the HDR+ camera mode be brought to the Nexus 4?

timehat says:

People are still using the Galaxy Nexus because it was released less than two years ago and they're still under contract.

deercreek says:

And it works on Verizon. I'm not giving up unlimited data to switch to AT&T. T-Mobile and Sprint are useless where I live.

ralbers1701 says:

What are the chances my Motorola Atrix HD will eventually get the Kit Kat upgrade? Or am I doomed to stay at 4. 1.1 until I buy the Nexus 5 when my contract is up?

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eahinrichsen says:

You will never see it officially. If older devices really support it as well as Google suggests, then there should be some AOSP action for you.

TheMimic12 says:

There's a slim-to-none chance Motorola will support it anymore. That said, you could see if the ROM community has cyanogenmod or paranoid android coming for it.

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jerrod6 says:

I don't know enough about the Google experience launcher but perhaps you will just go to the play store download the launcher and then you at least have the interface,and the Google apps are also in the store so you are set!

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the gator says:

Google should support a phone for more than 18 months.

stylez619 says:

Google doesn't support any hardware expect their OEM-Partnered Nexus devices. They support their software instead.
That's why you can buy a Nexus device unlocked form the Play Store. They don't subsidize and lock you into a two year contract like the carriers do so there's no reason to support it any longer than until the new one is launched.

keithz says:

1.75 years for me. Got mine in Feb 2012. I really think they should have put 4.4 on the GNex.

The whole upgrade issue and lack of Google services in Canada, is exactly what has me considering an iPhone. The only thing stopping me are the swipe keyboard and the small screen on iPhones.

Big Dropz says:

I wonder if LTE will come back to the Nexus 4 when it gets KitKat.

gumpty says:

The reason I'm disappointed the Gnex isn't getting 4.4 is because they are making a deal about Project Svelte, yet aren't even demonstrating how well that works by putting KK on an 'underpowered' device.

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The Gnex can handle android 4.4 it is disappointing that they wont update it. Guesse I wont be investing in a new charger port for my gnex and demote my gnex to an alarm clock.

fercy bunoan says:

Can't wait ..

KidAndroid says:

I wonder if they're down playing the launch due to not wanting to bring too much light to the Nexus 5so it doesn't take away from Moto X sales. That or they're downplaying this launch so ppl complain and then they don't look bad next year when they go all out for the first Motorola made Nexus device, they'll be able to say it just because customers asked for a big deal launch.

Zylograth says:

I am use to having my N7 updated the following day or so after the announcement. What is with this "few weeks" BS???