Those who are looking to skip the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update OTA, an OTA that according to Google is rolling out extremely slowly, now have the chance to as the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update has been found lurking on Google’s servers and can now be manually installed by those that haven’t already sideloaded using Google’s factory images.
Last week, Google announced that it would be rolling out the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update in the near future. It did not say when, only that it would be rolled out soon. Late last week, Google posted Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat factory images and binaries to its developer site, allowing those with the kn0w-how to download and install the update. OTA updates typically follow though the Nexus 4 OTA did not arrive.
Earlier this week, Google posted new factory images and binaries for the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade, saying that the new build offered some fixes to the previous one. Soon after, we learned that the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat OTA had started though only a few Nexus 4 owners saw the roll out. Earlier today, a Google engineer explained why the Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update is rolling out so slowly and why many Nexus 4 owners will have to wait a week or more before the update arrives.
Those who aren’t content with that now have another way to manually install the software, thanks to Google. The Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update has been found on Google’s servers, providing those with the ability to download and install the software the opportunity to do so. This is the same software that is rolling out to owners Over-the-Air, which means that we aren’t likely going to see another build posted any time soon.
Nexus 4 users who are unfamiliar with sideloading software will want to stay away from this file. Those who aren’t running stock software will also want to stay away from the software and simply wait for the OTA to roll out. Those who want to give it a go will need the Android SDK and will want to sideload the software through the adb sideload command. Those who are both stock and rooted can flash the update in recovery mode.
Owners who skip this manual installation method can simply wait for the OTA update to arrive though again, the roll out is expected to take a week or more to complete.