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Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 5 Android 4.4.1 KitKat Updates Near



It looks like Google is gearing up to release the first major Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 5 as new evidence backs a rumor that suggested that an Android 4.4.1 KitKat release date was close.

Earlier this week, noted HTC ROM developer and insider LLaBTooFeR, claimed that an Android 4.4.1 KitKat update was close for the HTC One Google Edition. He did not say when the update would arrive, only that it would be build KOT49E and that it would be landing at some point in the imminent future, no specific date given.

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We assumed that the software would not only come for the HTC One Google Edition but for Google’s Nexus devices as well, though we just needed the evidence. That evidence has seemingly landed in our lap, and in the laps of others today as the Android 4.4.1 KitKat update has shown itself in site analytics, running on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and the GT-I9500, also known as the Samsung Galaxy S4.

We saw the first Android 4.4.1 KitKat update blip emerge on November 3rd. After that, things were silent until November 15th. Then, we started to see pickup the week of November 18th until things really started picking up steam on Thanksgiving, something that leads us to believe that these are not spoofs and that Android 4.4.1 KitKat is the real deal.

The devices we’ve seen include Google’s Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 5, and we’ve also seen the Samsung Galaxy S4 emerge as well, though it could be the Google Play Edition that is the one running the software. It shares a similar model number with the regular old Galaxy S4, a device that likely isn’t getting Android 4.4.1 KitKat until 2014. We have not seen the HTC One Google Play Edition. We also did not see the Nexus 10 though we suspect it will get the update as well.

These devices are centered in and around Santa Clara, something that 9to5Google also notes, and that’s a sign that Google engineers are hard at work prepping this update for arrival. The analytics obviously do not offer a release date but the frequency and the rumor that we heard yesterday point to something being close for Nexus users.


Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 users are anxiously awaiting a bug fix update to Android 4.4 KitKat due to bugs that are reportedly on board the software. Users are complaining about a host of issues including a major problem with Exchange, a bug that is unfortunately leading to a massive loss of battery life amongst Google’s Nexus users.

Other users are complaining about lag, touchscreen issues on the Nexus 7, slow charging, and more. And while Android 4.4.1 KitKat is unlikely to fix all of these issues, the first big Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade will likely address some of these problems.



  1. Ronald Geiken

    12/03/2013 at 3:35 pm

    Nexus 10 has problems with Android 4.4. Much slower boot, and Video playback is far poorer than what 4.3 did.Not to many pluses for me with 4.4. I hope that 4.4.1 improves things. 4.3 was an improvement from previous version, but 4.4 problems are certainly not welcome. I can play Fox News videos on my Note 10.1 with 4.1.2, play just fine, but with my Nexus 10 and 4.4, playing Fox News videos is an exercise in futility with the video stopping at the beginning frequently. I have MX Pro on both of them for a video player. If Nexus 10 was my only device, I would really be frustrated. I guess from now on, I will just bit the bullet and buy Samsung Tablets.

    • Dave

      12/03/2013 at 4:48 pm

      Google is trying to warn you that fox news is bad for your health.

      • Cecil Gabriel

        12/03/2013 at 5:33 pm

        Bad for your brain too.

      • Emmanuel

        12/03/2013 at 5:36 pm

        +1 for Dave.

      • Iacobus

        12/03/2013 at 8:06 pm

        Yeah, because other sources like MSNBC are just bastions of broadcast news journalism…

        (I’m just here to provide some insight/balance. Carry on.)

        • Andrew Hayes

          12/04/2013 at 6:41 pm

          The difference is that no one watches MSNBC. Fox News propaganda and disinformation is actually capable of harm.

          • Iacobus

            12/05/2013 at 9:44 am

            Ohh, so that makes all the difference, does it?

            Just about every news outlet has some level of bias, Fox News being no different. It’s just that they’re number one and you’re obviously butthurt about it.

            Would you, for example, get your panties in a wad should MSNBC be number one?

    • Jim

      12/03/2013 at 9:06 pm

      I have 4.4 in my Nexus 10. I have no issues with anything other than Simpsons Tapped Out which should be resolved in an update to the game. Other than than I haven’t noticed any performance difference (negative or positive).

    • Bryan

      12/04/2013 at 12:44 pm

      But…. The nexus 10 is a Samsung tablet…..

  2. David Foggia

    12/03/2013 at 6:35 pm

    My Nexus 7 charges insanely slow even before this update. It takes about 4 hours to charge from 0-100. Its a frustrating wait but this is my third nexus 7 (2013) so I’m sure this isn’t just a bug….maybe its my house :\…..well, no. My iPhone charges in 1 and 1/2 hours. Does anybody have any idea what could be the problem?? Thanks

    • oscar

      12/03/2013 at 6:47 pm

      4 hours isn’t too bad don’t compare it to your iPhone as the iPhone has a battery 1/4 the size of a nexus 7

    • Fabano

      12/04/2013 at 1:11 am

      got the same problem. it charges really slow. Try not to charge it via your pc. and turn it off while charging.

  3. Abe

    12/03/2013 at 7:11 pm

    yeah maybe we should get accurate information from CNN.

  4. Mirza

    12/03/2013 at 11:26 pm

    My nexus 7 (2012) takes about same time to charge.

  5. Max

    12/04/2013 at 2:20 pm

    They gotta include the camera api for the N5 in this

  6. nx5 user

    12/04/2013 at 3:46 pm

    I have the nexus5 and the most annoying thing is the low volume output not just in speaker but on earphones and so on…I can nearly hear if they call me am..and when I’m at the gym I can hear the outside noise louder than my earphones. There’s also glitches of apps staying open even after closing it. And that drains the battery…. I hope they can come with a good update and not make me regret buying the phobe

  7. Robert

    12/05/2013 at 9:28 am

    Might one go directly from 4.3 to 4.4.1 via a single OTA update? I’ve held off on updating my N4.

  8. Amrender

    12/11/2013 at 11:15 pm

    Now Download all paid android apps free on

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