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Android 4.4 KitKat Update Coming Soon for Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10

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Google announced both the Nexus 5 and the Android 4.4 KitKat today, putting the Nexus 5 up for sale and announcing that the Android 4.4 KitKat update, and its new features, will be coming to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 sometime soon without specifying a specific release date for the software.

After weeks and weeks of rumors and speculation, the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat update were both made official today with Google declining to take the stage to announce the products, instead, revealing the phone and its new software with a brief message to buyers. The Nexus 5 is on sale right now through the Google Play Store and will leave the warehouse starting November 5th. And when it finally arrives, the device will be running a new version of Android, Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Android 4.4 KitKat is going to replace Android Jelly Bean as the company’s flagship operating system and it will be doing so with a number of incremental features. KitKat will deliver always-on voice the all new Hangouts application, and a revamped phone application that Google says will change the way that people make phone calls.

Besides features, the biggest thing people want to know is when Android 4.4 KitKat will be rolling out. Well, Google declined to offer a specific Android 4.4 release date for Nexus owners, but it did confirm a few details.

Google says that:

Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.

We fully expect the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update first, followed by the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Earlier today, details about the HTC One update leaked out pointing to an update arriving in one to two weeks.

Interestingly, the Galaxy Nexus was not mentioned amongst the devices getting Android 4.4 KitKat and it appears that Android 4.3, which started rolling out for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus earlier today, might be the end of the road.

21 Comments

  1. LaRosa Johnson

    10/31/2013 at 11:27 am

    I really hope the Galaxy Nexus gets 4.4… otherwise it means I’ll likely be upgrading to a Nexus 5 sooner than I’d wanted to.

    • Robert Dunn

      10/31/2013 at 11:38 am

      Well, you can always wait for Cyanogenmod to make a version based on KitKat once the source code gets released.

    • David

      10/31/2013 at 2:22 pm

      They’re not going to update the Galaxy nexus to kitkat.

  2. omouse

    10/31/2013 at 11:54 am

    This is garbage. Android 4.4′s source code should be released as soon as the Nexus 5 is out and so should the images for the other devices. Is it so difficult for Google to adhere to the free/open source ideals that it purports to support?

    • Frank

      10/31/2013 at 12:02 pm

      gODDAMN! It was just released. What the hell. Focus on something else for a while. Nerdy bitch.

    • Caleb Warta

      10/31/2013 at 12:15 pm

      The Nexus 5 is for sale yes but it does not ship till the 5th, the 5th or 7th would be considered the day they are “out” the source code will most likely drop around then and I would imagine one of the images might then as well.

      • VicVicVic

        10/31/2013 at 6:25 pm

        Thank you for posting a comment that is based on facts and makes sense.

    • Zyo

      10/31/2013 at 7:46 pm

      Google usually releases source code quite timely. People who bitch about usually have no stakes in it anyway.

    • Caleb Warta

      10/31/2013 at 11:38 pm

      4.4 just hit the repo so that means the source dropped 5 days before the Nexus 5 shipped thought you would like to know/

  3. Joker

    10/31/2013 at 12:12 pm

    When will my Bionic get 4.4?

    • Caleb Warta

      10/31/2013 at 12:17 pm

      Your Bionic is on VZW, and also part of the pre-google motorola generation…. my magic 8 ball says highly unlikely. When the Galaxy Nexus is not getting the update as of yet either.

    • David

      10/31/2013 at 1:36 pm

      ……no. Probably not no. If older phones are truly going to be updated to 4.4 as has been rumored, then yes but otherwise I wouldn’t ever bet on it. Don’t even think you got past 4.1 tbh.

      • Caleb Warta

        10/31/2013 at 11:29 pm

        If you read the press releases they clearly define older phones as the Google branded models. And stopped before the galaxy nexus Samsung has a lot of phones to update with more priority then a phone that didn’t sell well and did not sell very long. It will get 4.4 through community support but I doubt you will see it get much support even from the community after that worst nexus device ever Google shouldn’t have given that turd the name.

        • Caleb Warta

          10/31/2013 at 11:31 pm

          and totally replied top the wrong forum post GG posting from a phone..

  4. cg

    10/31/2013 at 1:50 pm

    Is my s3 getting 4.3 update?

  5. Devaughn

    10/31/2013 at 7:15 pm

    If they don’t update profile the GN it will be my last nexus what’s the proposes of buy nexus if they are gonna bail on it in 2 years.

    • Caleb Warta

      10/31/2013 at 11:33 pm

      Don’t buy anything Nexus that isn’t sold on the play store and problem solved! also you can refer to my post up a few comments meant to reply to your comment but mis clicked on my phone..

  6. ChuckNorrisRules

    10/31/2013 at 8:50 pm

    I think Google has a pretty good reason not to update the GNex to 4.4, its mainly because Texas Instruments has pretty much stopped making new chips, not to mention they’ve stopped updating drivers of their old chipsets (such as the one on the GNex, the OMAP 4460), and even IF Google volunteered to update it manually, it would take one hell of a job to do it, which is why they backed out on updating the GNex. R.I.P Galaxy Nexus, but I’ll still wait for good devs to pull out and release 4.4 for it.

  7. Nestor

    11/03/2013 at 8:21 pm

    Is the Motorola StarTac getting KitKat?

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