Android 4.4 KitKat OTA rolling out to Nexus 7 & 10, Nexus 4 update imminent


Nexus devices aren’t always top of the smartphone heap in terms of specs, but even so, there are a number of reasons Android evangelists prefer the Nexus series. Not only are new Nexus devices first to launch with the latest and greatest Android OS version, but older Nexus devices are also first to enjoy updates to the spiffy new builds.

That’s exactly what is happening – right now – with Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets from both the 2012 and 2013 editions, with Nexus 4 updates coming soon, too.

It’s worth noting that Google specifically mentions “Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 versions with mobile data will be getting the update soon,” so WiFi only devices should be getting the update now with cellular connected devices to follow.

There’s not a whole lot more to say at this point, but I’m sure I’ve lost most of my target audience who are now neck deep in their device settings, checking to see if the update has rolled out to them yet.

If you’ve received the update, let us know how it goes in the comments, and head on over to our Nexus 4 Forum and Nexus 7 Forum for a whole lot more. Stay tuned for more coverage as this story develops!

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  1. I think it is stating that DEB versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4 will be updated at a later time, not the other way around. WIFI version will be getting the rollout starting today.

    1. You’re totally right. Misread it in my haste of awesomeness. Updating… thanks.

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  2. “It’s worth noting that Google specifically mentions “Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 versions with mobile data,” so if you’ve got a WiFi only device or don’t currently have service, you probably won’t be seeing an update in the immediate future.”

    It says that Nexus 7 and 10 get the update *today* What doesn’t get the update today are 4 and 7 devices with cellular data; they are coming later.

    1. You’re right. Excitement got the best of me and in my haste I guess I assumed the mobile connected devices would be updated first. Updated the article… thanks a bunch!

  3. I’m sorry, but am I the only one that read that completely different than how phandroid interrupted it? “Starting today, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 will be getting a tasty update to Android 4.4, KitKat” would be the first phase of updates, then ” Stay tuned, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 versions with mobile data will be getting the update soon!” would be the second phase of updates. Meaning if you have the wi-fi models only, they will start updating today. If you have cellular your updates are coming soon. I could be very wrong but that’s how it looks to me.

    *in the time it took me to write this, two other people beat me to the punch. Great minds think a like. lol

    1. Totally my fault. Excitement got the best of me. Updated and appreciate the comment!

  4. Dammit my Nexus 7 keeps saying it’s up to date. :(

    1. Did you try force stop/clear data for Google Services Framework? Usually works after doing it over and over

      1. I did it once, I’ll try it again since I’m just chilling watching Sons of Anarchy. It’s not that big of a deal since I have the Nexus 5 I suppose, but I’d like to get it updated before I go back to studying in 45 minutes.

        1. Check for your device image in googles developer page: https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images If its there, then you should get an update soon..

  5. Hahaha
    _There’s not a whole lot more to say at this point, but I’m sure I’ve lost most of my target audience who are now neck deep in their device settings_
    You got that right Rob Jackson! :)

  6. Wish I could get 4.4 on my Nexus 7 (2012) but I rooted it and dropped it 3 feet on carpet and the display went bad but it’s not cracked….

    1. Then pop the back cover off and check/wiggle the connections. That battery can move and not only disconnect itself, but other things too…

      1. When I connect the charger the screen flickers black with static :(

    2. I have heard that rooting can damage your device. Now I see what happens.

    3. Did you turn it off, and then on?

  7. Hope you guys will post when someone gets a rooted zip up to flash on these devices :)

  8. So far I haven’t seen any posts on any sites of someone saying they’ve got the OTA. Has anyone here got it?

  9. Well nothing yet…anyone else got any news?

  10. so far no update..!! when is it expected to be..?

  11. LIES!!!

    1. It’s funny that the head of the Android Community posts this…. (as we all repetitively continue to tap “update”)….. yet no one anywhere has actually gotten said update…… hmmmm….. Might the OP of the Android post be a troll?????? Yes…. A cruel sadistic troll…. not the kind that lives under a bridge or anything…. that’s just silly.

  12. You guys can check out google’s server here https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images
    It wont lie:)

  13. I have 4.4 KitKat in my nexus 4. And it works perfectly. I don’t receive from ota. I installed manually.

    Pablo Porras from Colombia.

    1. It’s Your Gps working Correctly?

      1. Yes, it’s working perfectly.

  14. “There’s not a whole lot more to say at this point, but I’m sure I’ve lost most of my target audience who are now neck deep in their device settings, checking to see if the update has rolled out to them yet.”


  15. To be honest I don’t think Google in reality has released the 4.4 update for the 2012 Nexus 7. Can’t find anybody who has received the OTA, no binaries are available, and the images are not available. I also don’t think the Nexus 4 update is “imminent”. Realistically I’d say the 2012 Nexus 7 update will roll out sometime in the next week, while the Nexus 4 update will not be widely available until December sometime.

    1. Nexus 7 (2012) heres the link to the 2012 Nexus 7 OTA if you have not seen it yet.

      edit: technical difficulties on my end, fail :/

    2. i haven’t gotten it.

    3. I haven’t gotten it on my 2013 WiFi only nexus 7

  16. “Nexus devices aren’t always top of the smartphone heap in terms of specs”
    You’re joking right? You have to be. The nexus devices have one of the best hardware on android phones.

    1. I think he’s referring more to the compromises made to the camera, speaker etc, rather that to the CPU/GPU.

      1. But I don’t see how that would make it not top range. Only thing under par is the camera, speakers good enough and the display is brilliant and do I need to explain what’s under the hood?

  17. Does it work on Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250?

  18. I don’t know much about the technical side of software and I need step-by-step guides for all under-the-hood changes, so can someone please tell me if rooting my Nexus 7 (2013) and flashing my kernel with one that allows overclocking would made it impossible to update automatically? I might end up waiting for something that will never come.
    I heard someone say in a different post that you need the original build number, “JSS15R”, mine is the same. Does this mean I just have to wait?

    1. it’s best to wait for it to come to you as it’s less likely to have bugs.

  19. Has anyone gotten the ota update yet?

    1. nope.

  20. I did not get the OTA on my Nexus 10, but after reading this: http://www.androidcentral.com/how-manually-update-your-nexus-tablet-kitkat and looking through the Nexus Root Toolkit v 1.7.5, I downloaded the Nexus 10 4.4 image and did the ADB sideload and it worked perfectly. I am now updated to 4.4. Need to be rooted to use the toolkit, but it can also root you as well.
    Good guide for people not willing to wait like me.

  21. Has anyone received the OTA update yet?

    1. nope…

      1. Me either. I wonder what the hold up is?

  22. I haven’t received the kit Kat update yet(OTA).

  23. no update yet!! I bet it wont come today anytime … who knows may be tomorrow.. anyway I’m done waiting.. anticipation’s dead , let it come when ever it want..:P

  24. Now I’m ticked off! I’ve been waiting for the update for my Nexus 10. I know I’ll never get it on my GS4. I loked at the developers page and can see that they have 4.4 for ALL versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4, but nothing for the Nexus 10. Can someone confirm that they got the update on a Nexus 7? I mean OTA.

  25. I have the WiFi only and I didn’t get the update

  26. Still no ota update for nexus 7 wifi =(

  27. Hmmmm…..a mockup for the desktop? I know it’s not, but….it kinda is.


  28. Still no update on my 2012 n7 (wi-fi only). I’ve always got my updates the same day or maybe 1 day later…not sure whats the hold up this time around, but not happy about it.

  29. Nothing yet for me on a N7 2013 purchased from the Play store….

  30. OTA release was obviously halted. It’s been 4 days and nothing on N7 2013. Bizarre

  31. Anyone else still not get the OTA update for Nex7 2012 Wifi?

    1. Still have not got my update either…. same model.

    2. Still no update on. Nex7 2013 either…

  32. I have a Nexus 4, and a Nexus 7 (’13, WiFi). Still no updates for either.

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