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Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Release Frustrates Users

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If the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update has started to roll out Over-the-Air (OTA), it’s rolling out extremely slowly because there are only a few Nexus 4 users reporting the OTA update. In fact, a majority of Nexus 4 owners we’ve talked to claim that they are still waiting for the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update to roll out.

Last week, Google announced that it would be rolling out the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update in the near future though it didn’t say exactly when. A few days later, the company introduced Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update factory images and binaries, something that hinted at the arrival of an Over-the-Air update for users. That OTA update never arrived and Nexus 4 owners were left in the dark.

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Earlier today, we told you that the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update OTA was closer than ever and it appears that that assessment was dead on as the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update appears to be rolling out to owners right now, only a few hours after new factory images and binaries hit Google’s developer site.

From the looks of things, the roll out is starting off slow. We’ve only seen a few people claim to have the update which means that this update is likely going to be pushing out for a couple of days, at least. Typically, Google’s Android updates can last up to a week or more as the company works to get thousands of users updated at the same time. Google may be rolling it out slowly to ensure that whatever it caught in the previous build isn’t on board the new software.

Those who wish to skip the OTA can update the device by sideloading the update with the files on Google’s site or users can simply wait for the OTA file to be found, something that should happen in the not-so-distant future as the Nexus 4 roll out picks up speed.

While the release of new factory images and the presumed release of the OTA update is fantastic news, there are many Nexus 4 owners who have been extremely frustrated by Google’s handling of the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out.

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We initially saw frustration emerge when the Nexus 4 wasn’t included amongst the initial Android 4.4 KitKat updates. Then, over the weekend, Nexus 4 owners were peeved when Google released factory images for the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update but didn’t unleash the OTA, something that pushed many to sideload the software.

Earlier this week, we saw some Nexus 4 owners lash out because the Verizon Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat update rolled out ahead of the Nexus 4′s update. Yesterday, we again saw Nexus 4 owners start voicing frustration on social media because of the new Android 4.4 KitKat build. And now, Nexus 4 owners are complaining about the speed at which the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update is rolling out, with some questioning whether it’s even rolling out at all.

Indeed, this Android 4.4 KitKat roll out has been far different than other Android roll outs for Nexus devices. Typically, we see a very orderly roll out, across devices. This roll out has been much more fragmented, something that has been compounded by the silence from Google.

That said, Nexus 4 users who don’t want to sideload and are still waiting for the Android 4.4 KitKat OTA to arrive should remain patient as the software should be arriving soon. Keep in mind, even though the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 update is slow to start, it will still arrive months before the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update.

21 Comments

  1. Ash

    11/20/2013 at 9:37 am

    Manually checked for updates and nothing on my Nexus 4 yet. It’s odd for Google to do this. Mistakes happen but I hope the folks at Google don’t let this happen time and time again… I’ll be waiting for that update!

  2. WSL

    11/20/2013 at 10:38 am

    I hate it when Google promises that Nexus 4 will get first update and everyone in world gets up date and I don’t even in US. I think google has lied and betrayed i will have to think next time before i nexus. I would switch back to apple if this is google’s policy in future……..

    • JustSayin

      11/20/2013 at 11:20 am

      Don’t let the door hit ya…

    • Gnabergasher

      11/20/2013 at 5:14 pm

      May I recommend some cheese?

  3. Esmael

    11/20/2013 at 11:22 am

    I bought nexus 4 for trial purpose for android!However due to google’s style of updating the device I will stick with apple as always they have a smooth update plans and time!Bye Google am tied of being left in the dark!Kitkat-coming few weeks,then kitkat coming soon,kitkat -”waiting in the dark!”

    • Hildy J

      11/20/2013 at 11:39 am

      iOS 7 is up to what? 7.0.4? With 7.1 already in beta? In the space of one month?

      I wouldn’t exactly call it smooth, unless you are referring to the new UI which looks like they smoothed it down with a belt sander.

    • marque2

      11/20/2013 at 2:55 pm

      Yeah Like iOS 7,didnt cause severe proems on many phones. You don’t even own a Nexus 4 – you are just trolling. And for the rest of you – its only been available since Nov 4 – you really can’t wait 3 weeks?

    • Gnabergasher

      11/20/2013 at 5:15 pm

      They like to fix the bugs before unleashing it on the masses, not cripple people’s phones.

  4. mark mclaren

    11/20/2013 at 11:44 am

    This blogg its just ptetending to know every and am sorry but they never give time or day for this to happen so stop Creating a false atmosphere and learn how to be Objective.

  5. bhavesh

    11/20/2013 at 11:45 am

    Got the update .. As soon as the news came out in the afternoon here in India..

    • Anshuman

      11/20/2013 at 11:00 pm

      hi bhavesh,

      I am suprised you got the update. My nexus 4 still says “your system is up to date” Does the country of purchase make difference?

      Anshuman

  6. tomasina

    11/20/2013 at 12:24 pm

    My Uncle Noah just got an awesome Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe just by some part time working online. over here…… http://iop.li/2Vi

    • CI

      11/26/2013 at 4:29 pm

      STFU TROLL!!!!!!!
      GD SPAMMER!!!!!

  7. YoPauly

    11/20/2013 at 12:38 pm

    OMG, SERIOUSLY???

    Next week you’ll have your beloved KitKat and you’ll find some other devastating thing to complain about. Be happy that you are able to get out of bed every day and stop whining already.

  8. Johan

    11/20/2013 at 1:10 pm

    I agree with those who complain about slow roll out.
    I bought a Nexus phone to get the latest Android version at the very earliest of the release.
    The Nexus phone it self is just a mediocre phone, looking at the hardware, so latest Android version is the selling point.
    So, what is happening?

    • marque2

      11/20/2013 at 2:58 pm

      The Nexus 5 isn’t all that dramatically special software wise. Could hardly tell the difference. Yeah you don’t have tonswipe up before you use “go Google” big whoop. Kept the 4 gave the 5 to the wife.

    • Gnabergasher

      11/20/2013 at 5:16 pm

      No you didn’t. If you wanted it at the earliest you’d sideload like many others do. They stage rollouts to minimize the effect of bugs on people.

  9. Jackson Brown

    11/20/2013 at 7:54 pm

    Nexus updates are pushed to 1% of users as a soak test. Then if things go fine, 25, 50, 75 until 100% of users have the update.

    Not sure what people’s problem is…maybe hacky news sites making a big deal of nothing?

  10. Swaraj Kishore

    11/21/2013 at 4:02 am

    Hey Bhavesh. Did u get d update just by clicking check now? Or did u follow any other procedure? Also u bought your nexus in India, right?
    The check for update button been getting lot of love, but to no avail.

  11. Dave

    11/26/2013 at 4:33 pm

    Relax people. It will be along soon enough. Read reports of it being a bit buggy so perhaps the slow rollout is a plus. Not planning on performing the OTA until I’m sure it will work and the WugFresh software will reestablish ROOT….

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