Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat Update: What Users Can Expect

Sometime soon, Google will roll out a Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update. When it arrives, it will replace the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update currently on board the Nexus 4 and help to revitalize a device that was one of the most popular Android smartphones of 2012 and 2013. Here, ahead of its arrival, we take a look at what we expect from the upcoming Nexus 4 Android 4.4 update release date.

Back in October, Google announced the Android 4.4 KitKat update, again, alongside the Nexus 5 smartphone, the device that came to replace the Nexus 4 as the company’s flagship Nexus device. Android 4.4 KitKat was originally announced back in September though Google, at the time, provided a grand total of zero details in regard to the update.


In October, Google not only relayed all of the update’s details including the new features and tweaks that the software has on board, but it also detailed which devices would be getting Android 4.4 KitKat in the future. Google confirmed updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 though it said that it would not be offering a Galaxy Nexus Android 4.4 KitKat update, something that came as a bit of a surprise.

Google said that it would be offering upgrades in the near future but it did not announce when the updates would arrive. Unsurprisingly, the company started rolling out its Android 4.4 Nexus updates last week starting with the Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. Google then announced that it would be rolling out the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (cellular version) Android 4.4 KitKat updates in the coming days.


Last week, we saw Google make the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update available, at least partially, to device owners. Here, ahead of its official roll out, we take a look at what Nexus 4 owners should expect from the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update and its release.

Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Release This Week

Last week, Google released the factory images for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (cellular version) Android 4.4 KitKat updates. This allows users, with the know-how, to manually install the official Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update right now. Those without the knowledge are unfortunately stuck waiting for the Over-the-Air (OTA) update though we imagine that that roll out will come soon.

We are actually a little bit surprised that the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 OTA roll out hasn’t started already. Typically, factory images arrive on the same day as the OTA roll out so the fact that the OTA hasn’t started is extremely surprising. That said, we would be floored if the update did not roll out sometime this week. Perhaps, Google needed some extra time, perhaps it wanted to complete the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 roll outs. Whatever the case, the factory images point to an OTA being extremely close.

Announcement on Day of Release

Nexus 4 users should expect Google to announce the roll out on the day of the roll out, not before, not later. Google rarely announces specific release dates ahead of time so we don’t expect it to take to the likes of Twitter to confirm a roll out for this Wednesday or this Thursday for example. Instead, it will likely announce the update, if it announces it at all, either right before or right after the roll out begins.

As we’ve pointed out, those looking for answers will want to keep an eye on Google’s @Android account on Twitter and on the Nexus Google+ page as those will likely be the places where an announcement might show up.

T-Mobile Nexus 4 Roll Out Same Day

While this should go without saying, those who bought their Nexus 4 at T-Mobile should expect their device to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update on the same day. The Google Play and T-Mobile Nexus 4 are similar and we don’t expect one to get the update before the other. Once the Nexus 4 roll out begins, all owners of the Nexus 4 should start looking out for their upgrade.

Same Day as Nexus 7 Roll Out

Those Nexus 4 owners who also own a Nexus 7 HSPA+ or Nexus 7 LTE should expect the roll out to touch down on the same day as the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update release date. First of all, Google loves to roll out its Nexus updates simultaneously, we saw it with the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 in Android 4.4 KitKat, and we’ve seen it with various other roll outs. So it’s to be expected here.


We also saw Google push out the factory images for the remaining Nexus 7 Android 4.4 KitKat updates, a sign that their updates are close as well. So, we expect Google to start rolling out the Nexus 4 and the two Nexus 7 updates that remain on the same day. All of these updates should roll out slowly and complete in about a week.

Relatively Smooth Update

Thus far, we haven’t seen the widespread complaints that we typically encounter with major Android updates. For the most part, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners have been relatively quiet and that’s a great sign for those that own the Nexus 4. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update will be void of bugs, users should expect the bug load to be a little lighter this year.

The Nexus 4 Android 4.3 update leaks.

In the past, where there was smoke, there was fire, and we saw Nexus owners across the board complaining about similar issues. Whether that was a laggy user interface, battery life issues or what have you. With things as silent as they are, we’ve seen a few bugs get reported but nothing crazy, Nexus 4 owners can expect to have a pretty good Android 4.4 KitKat update experience right off the bat.