Android 4.4.2 KitKat Problems Plague Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 Users

Earlier this week, Google started rolling out a brand new Android 4.4 KitKat update in the form of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, an update that followed the company’s Android 4.4.1 KitKat update. And while the new version of KitKat continues to roll out to Nexus owners, we are starting to see complaints from Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 owners about Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems.

In late November, after a bit of a wait, Google rolled out the first version of Android 4.4 KitKat, delivering a number of enhancements and features to Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 users. Google’s Nexus 5, the latest Nexus smartphone in its arsenal, launched with Android 4.4 KitKat on board. Almost immediately after the update rolled out, we started hearing about issues residing within Google’s latest update.


Those issues included a problem with the Nexus 4 dialer, a nasty Exchange bug that caused massive battery drain for many Nexus users, problems with the Nexus 5’s speaker, and a signal issue on the Nexus 5 wherein sending an SMS would cause a drop in connectivity.

Google acknowledged several of these issues on its product forums, promising a fix for at least some of these issues in the near future. That fix rolled out last week in the form of Android 4.4.1, a roll out that occurred after Google detailed the major camera fixes that would be on board for Nexus 5 users. The company made no mention of fixes for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 or Nexus 4 though, as we discovered, there were supposedly a bunch of fixes on board the new software.

On Monday, we heard rumors of an impending Android 4.2.2 KitKat update and sure enough, Android 4.4.2 KitKat started rolling out, catching many Nexus users by surprise. The update is still rolling out, replacing Android 4.4.1 KitKat as the company’s latest and greatest software. And while the update was supposed to fix a bunch of the problems that Android 4.4 brought with it, it appears that some bugs are still plaguing Nexus users.


One of the first Android 4.4 KitKat issues that we brought up was the Nexus 4 dialer crashing issue. It’s an issue that Google promised would get worked out in the latest updates but it’s an issue that is apparently still plaguing users. For its part, Google has acknowledged that this is still a problem for some users and it will be investigating:

Thanks again for taking your time to come to the forum and report these issues. The 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 updates included fixes for some situations that are causing your crash problems, but we know there are still users experiencing this symptom and we’re still working on it. i’ll post when I have the next update.

Nexus users of all shapes and sizes are also still frustrated about issues with Exchange accounts. Nexus 5 users are also complaining about issues with the stock email app. Nexus 4 owners are reportedly still having issues with volume when using headsets. A Nexus 7 user has also complained about media storage crashing, leaving him unable to move files between his computer and phone. We’re also seeing reports about faulty Bluetooth connectivity. We’re also seeing complaints about broken NFC tags on Nexus devices, broken Wi-Fi, and there are also a bunch of people frustrated by the installation process itself.

While there are reportedly still issues buried inside Android 4.4.2 KitKat, most of them seem to be leftovers from the previous updates. We’re also seeing quite a few Nexus users report that their bugs have been alleviated by Android 4.4.2. However, with Android 4.4.2 KitKat roll out set to take place over the next week or so, we should get a better idea about the software’s overall stability once the dust settles.

Right now though, while there are certainly still some problems, Android 4.4.2 KitKat does seem to have tackled at least some of the problems that Google set out to fix with its latest update.