Android 4.4 KitKat coming to Nexus 4,7,10 and Google Edition devices over the “next few weeks”


The Nexus 5 is out and with it comes the anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat version, but what about the rest of us? When will we get our KitKat updates? Well, if you don’t own a Nexus or Google Edition device you know you will have to wait months. If you happen to sport one of Google’s babies, though, you won’t have to wait more than “a few weeks”!

The Android Developers Blog is letting us know the plans for said update. Android 4.4 will be rolling out to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One Google Edition over the “next few weeks”. That could mean a lot, but at the very least you should all get it before December.

KitKAt comes with a good list of performance improvements and new features. You can read all about them in our Android 4.4 KitKAt announcement post and video tutorials. Stay tuned! And be sure we will let you know as soon as we know more.

[Android Developers Blog]

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TAGS: Android 4.4 KitKat , HTC One , HTC One Google Play Edition , Nexus 10 , Nexus 4 , Nexus 7 2012 , Samsung Galaxy S4 , Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition , updates

  • effApple

    2012 Nexus 7 included?

    • chuckles87

      I don’t see why I would not but if it doesn’t I will be pissed

      • AbbyZFresh

        Considering that it’s from 2012, it will probaby be one of the last Nexus devices to be updated.

        • stucrmnx120fshwf

          Before GNex, After N7 FHD, roughly 8 weeks.

          • AbbyZFresh

            If anything, the next device to be updated is either the Nexus 4 or the 2013 Nexus 7 since thats the most important devices currently behind the Nexus 5.

          • stucrmnx120fshwf

            Agreed, N7 FHD is N7 2013, N4 is the last Nexus phone with 4 times the necessary ram, FHD stands for full high definition, 1900 X 1080p, really easy to get confused by the terms though also called N7/2, but your right first cabs off the rank N7 2013, N4. I’ve got both these babys, but I’m getting tempted by discounts for N10 2012 (1,) because of the immanent release of the N10 2013 (2,) even letterboxed movies will play in FHD, because of its 4MP screen, just wish N10/2 was UD.

  • Evan Galatz

    No Galaxy Nexus? I’ve got the Verizon version so I assume thats a definite no :-(

    • stucrmnx120fshwf

      Unlocked 10 weeks, carrier locked 36 weeks.

  • hideeho100

    Any news or word on when the factory images will be available instead of waiting?

    • shadyguy

      sometime soon, a week at the most. OTAs rolling out in about a week too.

  • Phaz0n

    But but but…what about the Galaxy Nexus?!?!?!

    • DavidVarghese

      Consider it dead

      • Phaz0n


    • ColorblindMonk

      Unfortunately it won’t happen. All the more reason for me to drop this mediocre device. :

      • Phaz0n

        This (now) mediocre device.

    • stucrmnx120fshwf

      Don’t you believe these guys, Android 4.4 was designed for a low hardware spec, GNex will get it, later than N4, N 7 FHD, N7, N10, but kit kat can run on half the ram available to GN. GN already has 4.3, with the background updated, GN will be one of the first ‘low spec demonstrator phones expect KK on GN if unlocked, in 10 weeks.

      • Phaz0n

        Unfortunately it’s true. The Galaxy Nexus uses a chip made by Texas Instruments — a company that no longer develops smartphone chips, and trying to get everything in 4.4 working on the TI OMAP 4460 would be difficult. The Galaxy Nexus will not be updated to kitkat. It came straight from the horses mouth:

        • stucrmnx120fshwf

          Yup seems your right, good thing I got the discounted N4 and was fanatical to get the N7 FHD (2013.) Better trade up to N5 in 6 months time too and watch getting N10 discounted.

        • Adrian

          Ti has stop producing chips at the end of 2012.Right? How on earth Galaxy Nexus was updated with android 4.3 in july 2013 ???
          What about Nexus 5? What if tomorrow the company that make chips for it, will stop doing ? Nexus 5 will be no longer supported?

  • RustyClarkson

    No Galaxy Nexus… Although I guess that’s the way of almost all Android devices nowadays. Max 2 years for software updates, then it’s time to upgrade the hardware.

    • Guest

      KitKat should get pushed all the way down to Nexus S if you ask me. It’s supposed to work well on lower spec’d phones right. Would further eliminate fragmentation. Cyanogen Mod as a for profit business is making more sense every day.

      • AbbyZFresh

        NEW lower-spec’d phones they mean. Not necessarily phones that came out 3 years ago.

      • No_Nickname90

        No lie, as I was reading your comment, I thought you were about to say “Nexus 1″. I was like “he betta not”. LoL!!

      • Emmadw

        I’ve got a (UK) Nexus S – is that the same as the US Galaxy Nexus (the Verizon one you’re all referring to?) Or is it a different model. If it’s a different model, is it also one that won’t get the update? (Actually, part of me hopes it *doesn’t*, so I have a Good Excuse to get a newer model!)

    • Robert Phipps

      Apparently the GNex has an odd chipset which is no longer supported -” the quirks of its hardware — the CPU is manufactured by TI, which is no longer a player in the smartphone chip market.” – Android Central

      • Adrian

        The same questions. What about Nexus 5? What if tomorrow the company that make chips for it, will stop doing ? Nexus 5 will be no longer supported?
        This is not a reason.

      • Adrian

        Ti has stop producing chips at the end of 2012.Right? How on earth Galaxy Nexus was updated with android 4.3 in july 2013 ???

  • DavidVarghese

    Not immediately available for the Nexus devices?

  • spicymeatball

    KitKat should get pushed all the way down to the Nexus S if you ask me. Cyanogen Mod as a for profit business is starting to make a lot of sense.

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      My wifi Xoom Google Experience Device wholeheartedly agrees with you!

  • Adrian

    If GNex won’t get 4.4, in a few weeks i will sell this nexus sh.tty phone, and by another from the list of devices from cyanogenmod site,a phone that is not from FRAGMENTED NEXUS LINE. Cyanogenmod brings support to older devices, it is unbelivable. Look at Galaxy S. GO CYANOGENMOD!!! Much respect for your work.

    • Timbo1

      The Galaxy Nexus seems to be the redheaded step child of the Nexus line….launched exclusively on Verizon and has a chip set that is no longer supported by TI that is possibly the main reason why the Galaxy Nexus won’t be seeing an official 4.4 build.

    • lowert

      Let’s see those supported devices now that cyanogenmod became a company and hobbyist developers are slowly fading away from them.

  • shadyguy

    honestly I wouldn’t mind if Google only released a KitKat Beta for the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 2013. I’m willing to put up with an 80% stable firmware as long as I get the new stuff like system performance and battery improvements

    • Anonymous

      Only you though. There would be a mob of users screaming about instability.

      • No_Nickname90

        Yes. On Android, I expect full updates.

      • shadyguy

        That’s fair enough, but I don’t mean a consumer OTA update, I meant as in a beta you can grab off

        • Matthew James Sharpe

          There are several full AOSP Kitkat builds available for the Nexus 4 – you’ll need to have root and a compatible recovery ROM installed though.

          • shadyguy

            I already have the factory image port, but nothing official

  • No 4.4 This will go a long way

    No 4.4 for my beloved GN but thank goodness for the Developers who can fill the need. Problem is that without updated radios the GN will have service issues.

  • jarot

    I will barter my N4 with apple 4s

  • das

    i got a touchwizz s4 ,but ill install 4.4 on it when its out and put up on XDA :)

  • Metrx Qin

    before December? i suppose you would say November!!!