Nexus 7 & Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat Updates Closer Than Ever

Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 owners have been wondering where their Android 4.4 KitKat updates are. After all, Google posted the factory images for the updates a few days ago, though, the Over-the-Air updates remain out of the reach. Today, Google posted new factory images for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners, a sign that the Nexus 10, Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat OTA updates are extremely close.

Last week, we saw Google announce Android 4.4 KitKat update roll outs for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and the Nexus 10. The company also said that it would be rolling out updates for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 HSPA+ and LTE in the near future though it declined to say when. Shortly after that announcement, Google put the Nexus 7 (HSPA+, LTE) and Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update factory images and binaries on its developer site, a sign that an OTA update could be imminent. Until today, we hadn’t seen any new information emerge.

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In fact, we heard today that many Nexus 7 owners were still without Android 4.4 KitKat, with many users speculating that Google had pulled the update, possibly due to issues. While we can’t confirm that last bit, we do have some brand new clues, clues that point to Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Android 4.4 KitKat updates rolling out soon to users.

Google has posted new binaries and factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to its developer page. The updates are for a new build, KRT16S, and it appears that it’s a small bug fix build for Nexus owners. While we can’t confirm anything, this could be why the OTA updates have been lagging. Google may have wanted to push this out before pushing out the OTAs.

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The update is currently pushing out to some owners of the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 though it appears that the roll out is taking place slowly, in typical Google fashion.

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With that in mind, it appears that we are now closer than ever the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update and the completion of the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades.

Those who are willing to take the plunge can now do so by downloading the proper files from Google. Those with the know-how will skip from KRT16O to KRT16S. Those without the knowledge should wait for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 4.4 KitKat OTA updates as they will likely be right around the corner.