Nexus 4 KitKat OTA updates are starting!

238MB update brings users from 4.3 to 4.4

To end a busy day filled with updates in style, the Nexus 4 OTA to KitKat seems to have begun. We've seen several reports of users getting the new KRT16S build pushed to them this evening — which should end a lot of tension for fans.

Seeing the new build lends credence to the opinion that Google didn't push out an OTA until they had the bugs properly squashed. We have to agree. Also worth noting that these reports come from folks who didn't sideload the factory image earlier in the week.

We're digging for the URL so everyone can join in. Once we find it, we'll be sure to post it here.

Update 11/21: You can get the OTA URLs here.

Via: @fakeninjitsu; Android Central forums

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

177 Comments
  • But yet no 4.4 for my N7 2013. Ridiculous Posted via Android Central App
  • Hey, we're in the same boat although I have the original Nexus 7. We just have to have a little more patience...
  • Im this close to sideloading. Im sick of waiting
  • I got to that point a few days ago... Sideloaded and it's working fine so far. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yea considering sideloading but I'm in Year 1 of my Android transition. Still learning and meh I can wait a little longer. Got the N5 but waiting on the N7 to get it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Moto x got kit Kat before nexus. Crazy ! Posted via Android Central App
  • Being a Nexus 4 user, I was furious at that. But all's well.
  • That is really impressive and makes Moto X that more attractive imo Posted via Android Central App
  • My 2012 N7 just got the newest OTA. It updated from the previous OTA that I had sideloaded (was impatient). I think if you go check the software updater, you might get "Draft Punk"! Now back to checking my GNex... Posted via Android Central App
  • Oh you didn't hear this: https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/3468085
  • I was being facetious... :p
  • In Chicago and I literally JUST got the OTA for my Nexus 7 outta no where!!!! It's been weeks and I'm been waiting and waiting and guys it IS HERE!!!! 4:35pm in Chicago IL...totally stock Nexus 7 2013 got the 4.4 OTA now
  • YUP
  • I need help people! I have yet to update my N4 to version 4.3 because the last time I tried to it bricked my phone (this is a new device) do I have to update to 4.3 (afraid to at the cost of having my phone brick again) if I want to update to 4.4 (obviously when it comes to the N4) of can I just skip 4.3? Thanks!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • An update simply will not brick your phone. There was probably some other factor causing problems with your previous N4; of course you should update to 4.3. :) Though I'm not sure if you need to in order to get the 4.4 OTA.
  • Tis not true look it up the 4.3 update bricked a lot of people's phones. Can some one please answer my question. Thanks Posted via Android Central App
  • If you get the ota you may skip 4.3 i believe.
  • I thought Nexus 4s couldn't be bricked? Posted via Android Central App
  • They almost can't - even if you managed to flash a broken boot loader you could still get into Odin mode. I'm sure it's possible somehow.. Just very hard. I can't see how an OTA could do it.. They have loads of checks in - won't flash unless you have plenty of battery, checksum both themselves and the target OS before starting.,, Posted via Android Central App
  • Sorry to be this guy but.... There is no such thing as "Odin" mode. Odin is a Samsung utility for flashing software on phones. It only works with Samsung phones and you put your Samsung phone in download mode to use Odin. The Nexus 4, as well as most other Android devices, use Fastboot in conjucntion with the Android SDK to do what Odin and download mode do for Samsung phones.
  • 4.3 OTA bricked my N4 (would reboot as soon as I unlocked), but I had rooted it. Anyway, sideloading the bricked phone got it to 4.3 with minimal hassles after that.
  • Where's my tinfoil hat when I need it.... Splattered for your amusement... via the AC App
  • sideloaded updates...not OTA
  • I would recommend using the Nexus Root Toolkit to get you up and running on 4.4.. http://www.wugfresh.com/nrt/ sounds like you need to get your phone truly reset if your still on 4.2..
  • Yep it bricked my N4. Stuck on the X logo? Then try to factory reset didn't fix it. Then flashed images and no good. Lost my Imei number and was like Jesus Christ Posted via Android Central App
  • I just got Nexus 4 2days ago, still pretty lost in some areas.. ..and now 4.4-kitkat (OTA)~ which I've lost patience from tryin' to download but going thru loops...ugh!
  • I just got fed up with waiting today. It's a pretty simple process and I'm now enjoying the chocolaty deliciousness of Kitkat on my Nexus 7 (2012). It runs noticeably smoother than 4.3 did. Project Svelte is awesome. While Google experience launcher was a bit choppy for me on 4.3, with 4.4 it's pretty good now. Posted via Android Central App
  • My nexus 7 became choppy when I got the OTA yesterday. It smoothed out the more I used it
  • Yes, so ridiculous. You have such a hard life. Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.
  • #firstworldproblems Posted via Android Central App
  • Well a nexus device is supposed to get updates first. And yes #firstworldproblems Posted via Android Central App
  • Kind of like Patriots fans bitching about a ref picking up a flag for PI.
  • Dude, Google has a lot on their hands right now, I'm sure they're trying their hardest to fix the bugs before they start sending out the OTA...they also CLEARLY stated the that Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Both), and Nexus 10 will ALL be receiving the updates in "COMING WEEKS". It's not a specific date, it's about 2-3 weeks okay? Just chill, be happy they started rolling them out, because you'll get it in the next week or so...it's only been 20 days since they released 4.4...just give it time.
  • But last week the n7 kitkat was supposed to get the ota so I call bs. Posted via Android Central App
  • I had my OTA when i turned on my device on the 13th. Odd luck!
  • Bloody yes Posted via Android Central App
  • Seriously? They said it started a week ago Posted via Android Central App
  • That was for the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2013 and 2012) and Nexus 10.
  • Which 90% of the nexus 7 2013 WiFi owners are without this so called ota rollout! Google is a joke to me now, I'm disgusted!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • I hear ya!!! I just vomited all over my desk and monitor thinking about this repulsive company!!! I would type more but I keep vomiting!! Oh god--someone help me!
  • family guy
  • I win the last piece of blahh....
    Why didn't anyone tell me....
    my insides are on fire....
  • That update happened to have a significant bug. That's why the rollout is taking so long; Google had to fix the bug and roll out a new version. I'm sure you would have said the same thing about Google being a joke if you got the software update and found the bug.
  • I missed the news on the bug. Out of curiosity, what was the bug?
  • Issues with APN settings, and a serious bug which left encrypted devices unencrypted if you entered an incorrect password on your phone.
  • Dude, Google has a lot on their hands right now, I'm sure they're trying their hardest to fix the bugs before they start sending out the OTA...they also CLEARLY stated the that Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Both), and Nexus 10 will ALL be receiving the updates in "COMING WEEKS". It's not a specific date, it's about 2-3 weeks okay? Just chill, be happy they started rolling them out, because you'll get it in the next week or so...it's only been 20 days since they released 4.4...just give it time.
  • Google actually never gave a firm date on when the Nexus 4 OTA would start rolling out, only the Wifi version of the Nexus 7s and Nexus 10.
  • Well, I'm now waiting for next version, already flashed the factory image as usual! Thanks Google Posted via Android Central App
  • Nothing Yet In VA Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't want the KitKit update...
    I want the KitKat update!!
  • Haahaaa... I even don't want the kitkit update but would love to get the 4.4 kitkat update.
  • My 2012 Nexus 7 is still on 4.3 Posted via Android Central App
  • Hell, even my 2013 Nexus 7 (wifi) is still on 4.3. I don't know what Google is doing with these stupid staged rollouts. It's not like they don't have the server capacity to push to all eligible Nexus devices at once. Even Apple can make an OS update available to all simultaneously! It's frustrating having a device that's unencumbered by any carrier red tape, is the best selling Nexus device and the most recent model, yet I still have to wait weeks to get an update after the rollout is announced. It just doesn't make any sense. I feel like Google dropped the ball this year.
  • I need to keep an eye on the comments for this column. I can't wait to see what N4 owners will bitch about now.
  • I'm about to bitch, because a naked lady with big boobs hasn't walked into my apartment and made me a sandwich, yet. Seriously, WTF!? Posted via Android Central App
  • Ha. Posted via Android Central App
  • No joke. "Oh, the latest minor software update for my luxury technology device hasn't come through yet. Life is so hard and Google is so terrible! This is seriously messing with my entitlement and sense of superiority!" Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.
  • It is a realitively minor update, and these are luxury devices. But these "luxury devices" we bought with certain expectations. We all bought them with the understanding (and often because of said understanding) that we would have the latest Android Operating System once it was released. This is the first one many of us, and Google has lagged massively. What are we to expect for the second update?.. Then the third.. and so on. We want to see a dedication to their promise because its that promise that made us buy their product in the first place. If this is how it will be like, less of us are likely to get the next big thing Google shills.
  • Well, I'll be honest: I bought my Nexus 5, because it was the best phone for the money. Timely updates are a bonus, to me. Posted via Android Central App
  • Lmao Posted via Android Central App
  • or jumping on a trampoline...?!
  • Lol I'll be first. I'm prepared to bitch about not getting the update before everyone I know with N4's. I swear I'm always in the last batch devices to get any Google updates. Posted via Nexii 4 using the Android Central App
  • Same here, haha. Posted via Android Central App
  • Fuck yes Finally... Merci beaucoup Google Posted via Android Central App
  • De rien, c'est gratuit :) Posted via Android Central App
  • Come on Google!!!! My Nexus 10 is still stuck with 4.3! Update Nexus 10 to Kitkat NOW! Posted via Android Central App
  • DO IT NOW, GOOGLE!! THEN, GET TO THE CHOPPA!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Meanwhile, Billy stands on a downed tree, ritually cuts his chest, and flashes the factory image. Had to be done. Splattered for your amusement... via the AC App
  • Hahaha Posted via Android Central App
  • Lol! I know exactly where that came from.
  • Is there some down side to side-loading that I am missing? I side loaded the original 4.4 ota (still locked). Got the "patch" for 4.4 at 5pm today Posted via Android Central App
  • I wouldn't necessarily say there's a "downside" to sideloading. But, theoretically, one could delay the ota update process, by having installed a factory image that had some bugs. Posted via Android Central App
  • Just sideloaded 4.4 on my N7 (2012) and immediately got the new update. Really can't wait until there is an OTA link to push this to my N4!
  • Google has lost many points now that they are updating this phone with KitKat, but my tablet that is more than a year old is not updated yet (Nexus 7 2012) when already said it is already out (via OTA)...lies I can only assume. I can understand structured and incremental releases not to bog down servers too much, but I think they need to finish releasing to all they had already committed to before releasing to other gadgets. Makes no sense. If I don't get the update in the next couple days...Craigslist it goes.
  • Bye.
  • This. I don't understand, why people feel the need to announce that they're going to "Craigslist" their device, especially over something like an update. If it still works, then there's no need to sell it. Posted via Android Central App
  • What the hell is wrong with you? You're going to sell a device because its not going to be updated when you want it to? Yeah...okay. Posted via Android Central App
  • Enjoy your new iPad Mini Retina then. Posted via Android Central App
  • Was unaware that the lack of KitKat on your Nexus 7 has rendered it a useless and terrible device that it wasn't previously.
  • Stop cryin ya bish.. Posted via Android Central App
  • The sooner you sell it, the sooner we can be rid of you! Bye. You will not be missed. Sincerely,
    Everyone.
  • Charlesspivak1 claims to have subtracted many points from Google. Just for my own curiosity, does anyone know Google's current point value? Does Google still have the high score?
  • I didn't get the update to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie on my Nexus 6 in 2009. I will now proceed to throw it in an incinerator. Dude, seriously.
  • Nexus 6 in 2009 lmao Posted via Android Central App
  • This is hilarious, lol. Posted via Android Central App
  • U crzy Posted via Android Central App
  • I agree. If I don't get my kit kat update within one hour I'm sending my nexus 4 & 7 to gayslist.
  • So for those who side-loaded KRT160 will we get KRT16S OTA?
  • I can confirm that I did. Posted via Android Central App
  • thank u... was looking for this answer
  • After checking for updates a few times, I simply downloaded the S build and flashed (minus -w to keep data) again.
  • Hey I sideloaded the KRT16O too, so in case I want to get the KRT16S do I have to flash everything again or just the kernel? if i do it do I have to wipe all the data again?
  • Wondering this too, I just side-loaded KRT16O 2 days ago EDIT: Nice! Thanks for the info
  • Are they f#ckin serious? Where's my nexus 7 2013 WiFi ota update that was supposed to be first in line???????? They need to make sure the devices they rolled out first get the ota update before they start pushing it out to other devices, this is bs Im going to slam Google on my blog for this one!!!!!!!!! I'm so heated right now, the moto x will get kit Kat before I do Posted via Android Central App
  • Blah blah and blah. You cry for timely updates, they get released and then y'all complain about bugs and battery drain.
    It ain't as easy as you think optimising an OS for the targeted hardware. Developers and programmers are human you know. Sent from the Android 5.0 Milkshake
  • This. Posted via Android Central App
  • Would you like to code the next Android version yourself, make sure it functions properly on all devices, and then roll it out? I think you'll then get an idea of what's going on right now. :)
  • The two people that read his blog are gonna be pissed! Lol! Posted via Android Central App
  • I was thinking the same thing! Posted via Android Central App
  • Dude you should PM charlesspivak1 and ask him how many points Google is left with now after this DISGUSTING act! That way when you type your blog post slamming Google you can include the points and make the internet agree with your blog because it'll be based on statistics!!!
  • Google will still have the high score =) Posted via Android Central App
  • Patience is a virtue, brother! Posted via Android Central App
  • Some people just need to calm down....
  • Agreed. Posted via Android Central App
  • Can someone with the OTA tell me what is the difference between KRT16O and KRT16S? If its just bug fixes, I think I'll stay with the Nexus5 Port that I am running at the moment. Seems pretty much stable and bug free to me, plus I can get the Google Launcher and other exclusive stuff.
  • The update from O to S is somewhere in the 30-40MB range. Its a small download with some changes.
  • Considering that I am running a Nexus 5 Port on my N4, is there a way to directly update with the '30-40mb download'? I thought the only way was to flash the entire ROM. My apologies for the noob question, I am new on the android front.
  • You would need to wait for the ROM maker to update that ROM with the new changes. Or you can just flash back to stock using the latest image and you'd have the latest stuff -- but of course that would wipe your device.
  • Yup. That's what I thought. Thanks anyways. :)
  • Yup, my N7 (2012) just updated Posted via Android Central App
  • Just got the update on my nexus 10. I side loaded the first Kit Kat update. Posted via Android Central App
  • Same here, immediately got a notification to select an account for backing up the tablet. Could this be what the 1.4mb update is about? Posted via Android Central App
  • It is a bug fix update.
  • So many crybabies in this bitch. I have a Rezound. Now THAT'S something to cry about! (My N5 will get here eventually.. Please hurry Google.) Posted via Android Central App
  • If you keep on whining about slow updates on a Nexus device then you don't deserve to own or use one.
    Its a developer's device which is tough to brick thus opens a pathway to testing as many custom ROMS as possible. If you want the latest android OS, why not just root it and side load a custom ROM? Sent from the Android 5.0 Milkshake
  • People bought these devices with the expectation that they would get the operating system upd