Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 7 (2012) now available for download and manual installation


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It was in the wee hours of last night that Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat would soon be rolling out to Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013) and the Nexus 10. Of course, as we later found out, the tablet version of KitKat was missing the Google Experience Launcher.

For those that didn’t feel like waiting around on Google to finally push out the update to their devices, a flashable OTA zip file for the Nexus 7 (2013) was provided manual installation. Now the Nexus 7 (2012) is finally getting in on the action with KRT160 provided by a user on XDA.

If you know what you’re doing, you can apply the update and have KitKat in time for dinner. Enjoy.

Download: Nexus 7 (2012) OTA

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. ummm KitKit?

    1. Would you prefer KyeLimePie?

  2. Still haven’t gotten ota update on 2013 yet

  3. Nexus 7 2013 WIFI Version No updates yet

    1. Just do the manual update… its very easy. Did mine yesterday.

      1. i am certain some instruction on how to do the update would be appreciated

  4. No update on my 2013 N7.. or my 2012 N7 or my Note 3 or my OG Asus Transformer or my Galaxy Nexus or Nexus One or my Sony Google TV and oddly not on my G1 either. Odd :P

  5. Hi, would you mind posting the source ?

  6. How do I install this file? Does my N7 need to be rooted?

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    2. same question does anyone know

  7. Beware:

    I “side loaded” Android 4.4 onto my Nexus 7 (2012) model. Very, very
    little changes that are obvious to me. They added Printing support or
    something (that I don’t use on my tablet anyhow) and the text on the
    notification/battery stats bar at the top is grey not blue now and the
    icon for the “settings” area is different. The startup animation is
    slightly different too.

    What I DID notice that is killing me is the Location Settings that have changed.

    added a “Location” link in the top right pull down – where you would
    also access Bluetooth on/off and Airplane mode on/off, etc…

    In the Location Settings area…you have three different Location options now:

    High Accuracy – “Use GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks to estimate location.”

    Battery Saving – “Use Wi-Fi and mobile networks to estimate location.”

    Device Only – “Use GPS to pinpoint your location.”

    with Android 4.3, I always used “Wi-Fi Location” for Location aware
    apps to locate me. I assumed this could continue in Android 4.4. From
    what I can tell, there is a bug with the Location settings as follows:

    When selecting ANY of the 3 Location settings, a dialog box is
    displayed asking for the user to consent to “Allow Google’s location
    service to collect anonymous location data. Some data may be stored on
    your device. Collection may occur even when no apps are running.”

    I don’t know about you, but I do NOT consent to Google getting ANYTHING
    they DON’T need and therefore, I selected “DISAGREE” to allowing them
    to collect anonymous location data. When you “disagree” to their data
    collection efforts, the “Battery Saving” and the “Device Only” Location
    settings are effectively disabled. Meaning, they show as selected..but
    no location aware apps can access my location. In order for any apps to
    use your location, you have to select “High Accuracy” location

    3. If you do not consent to Google’s Location data
    collection prompt, when you boot the device it will again PROMPT for you
    to consent to the location data collection AGAIN! The sad thing about
    it is that if you don’t select Agree or Disagree on the boot prompt
    about Location collection…the screen remains ON the entire time up
    until the battery is drained or until you select either Agree or

    Now, mind you, I am a bit restricted when it comes to
    Google and my devices and especially my Location information…you
    should be able to AGREE or DECLINE and still use Location based options
    without Google getting all of your data!

    If you use Location
    aware apps, I would highly recommend NOT to download the Android 4.4
    KitKat update at this point although, usually, they force install it
    without your consent anyhow after a few days of declining to update.

    Just my thoughts.



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