Thanks to a discovery inside the Google Chrome browser bugtracker, we now know that the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat update is likely going to be coming to the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, something that should not come as much of a surprise given that the two devices are still less than a year old.
Earlier this month, Google surprisingly announced Android 4.4 KitKat instead of the rumored Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie update as its next Android update, one that will come to replace Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The company did not unleash any details about Android 4.4 KitKat, only saying that it wanted the update to come to everybody.
Rumors remain fairly scarce though we are starting to see some details fall into place ahead of a rumored October 14th launch date alongside the Nexus 5 from LG. Rumors suggest that Android 4.4 could bring updates for older devices, fragmentation changes including screen resizing, Miracast updates, color changes and new notification widgets. None of those are confirmed yet, however.
What we are starting to see confirmed though are Android 4.4 KitKat updates. Earlier this week, we saw Pantech confirm an Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Vega Iron, a large-screen smartphone that was released earlier this year. And today, two more Android 4.4 KitKat updates were spotted, all but confirming updates for those two devices as well.
Thanks to Myce, a site that monitors open source projects, we now know that Android 4.4 KitKat will be coming to the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. Buried inside the Google Chrome browser bugtracker are two references to an Android Kitkat / Key Lime Pie build KRS74B. The users that are in possession of these devices are asking for assistance with bugs for issues that are currently plaguing their unreleased software.
Nexus devices typically are supported for a number of years before Google drops support so it’s not surprising to see that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 will be getting Android 4.4 KitKat at some point in the future.
Typically, Nexus smartphones and tablets are among the first to get major software updates so we expect that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 will get Android 4.4 KitKat shortly after it is announced.
Rumors suggest that the update could be announced as soon as October 14th, alongside a Nexus 5 and a new Nexus 10 tablet. That launch date is a day before a rumored Apple event for the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5. Neither event is confirmed.
Nexus 5 rumors suggest that the device will be made by LG and will come with upgraded features including LTE data speeds. Google’s non-LTE Nexus, the Nexus 4, has been discontinued on the Google Play Store.