Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Release Frustrates Users

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.


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.


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.