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November 23, 2013

Android Kitkat 4.4 starts rolling out for all Nexus devices

My Nexus 7

My Nexus 7

While we saw an initial delay with the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 Cellular and Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat updates, we can confirm that all of the updates are rolling out Over-the-Air right now. That means that the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi 2012, Nexus 7 HSPA+, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi 2013, Nexus 7 LTE and the Nexus 4 are all getting their Android 4.4 KitKat updates, whether you want to believe it or not.

Last week, we saw Google announce the roll outs for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and the Nexus 10, saying that the Nexus 7 Cellular and Nexus 4 would get the software at a later date. Oddly enough, many Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners complained that they hadn’t seen an OTA update, several days after the announcement. We just assumed that the update was rolling out slowly. In fact, it now looks like Google pulled the OTA so that it could extinguish a bug.

Needless to say, Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 owners were frustrated with the lack of information and it was only earlier this week that we finally saw some movement in regard to the update process. That is to say, we finally saw the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat updates arrive.

With the roll outs moving on towards completion, we wanted to share five final details with Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 owners in the UK and elsewhere around the globe.

Google engineer Dan Morrill explained the update process:

Rollouts are conducted in phases. Typically they start at 1% of devices for around 24 – 48 hours; we watch the return rates and resulting device checkins and error reports (if any), and make sure nothing looks wrong before sending it to more. Then typically it goes to 25%, 50%, 100% over the course of a week or two.


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini