Nov 21 AT 3:36 PM Dima Aryeh 57 Comments

Checking for updates won’t get you KitKat faster, says Google employee

Nexus update

With the KitKat update released for a few Nexus devices and a variant of the Moto X (but not the Nexus 4), it seems people have been checking for updates quite frequently. I know I have. It’s been so long, and my I/O Nexus 7 2012 is still on 4.3. But according to Dan Morrill, a Google employee working on Android, this won’t help whatsoever, and some strategies are actually bad.

When you hit the “Check now” button in your updates, it will check in with the server. If it is denied, it will make you wait until the next batch of updates is released. Mashing the button will do absolutely nothing, not until the next batch of updates rolls out. So if you’re obsessing calm down a little. I will.

There is also a trick for clearing the data on Google Service Framework. I’ve done this a few times (with no success), but apparently that isn’t something you should really try.

As far as the servers are concerned, the device was basically factory reset. There are many downstream effects of this, but a big one is that this invalidates the tokens used by any app that uses GCM (which is nearly all the Google apps, and a ton of third-party apps.)Dan MorrillGoogle

According to Dan, the updates are first sent out to 1 percent of devices. If it goes smoothly, it is sent to 25, 50, and 100 percent of users over what he says is “a week or two.” So if you’re waiting for that update, quit mashing that update button and regulate yourself to around once a day. Tell us what device you have and if it has received the official KitKat update!

Via: Android Community
Source: Reddit (2)

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Amr Krunz

    i just got my 4.4 update OTA on nexus 4 while reading this article.

    • Sean Riley

      Dima just didn’t want to say it in the post, but yes the secret to getting 4.4 faster is actually to check Android and Me for updates. ;)

      • Dima Aryeh

        #HumbleBrag :)

      • SGB101

        I shit you not, while reading this I powered on my n4 and it started downloading. Sat waiting, it’s a little large are 238.9mb.

        Luckily it won’t take long on my FTTC connection.

        • SGB101

          Location is UK (N. Wales), no N7 wifi 12 yet tho.

    • Galen20K

      Lucky! I’m still waiting on it for my N4 and N7(2013). Going by this, I may not even get it on them before my htc One! ha

      • Galen20K

        Actually just got it on my N4 a moment ago, woot woot! One down, one to go :D

    • durikmel

      Confirmed. I just got the notification about the update while reading this article as well! What a coincidence!

  • Oscar Rivas

    It’s my update and I need it now! Lol!

  • Dch48

    I got 4.4 today (Nov. 21) at 3:00 PM EST. Everything seems good so far although I don’t notice any difference in performance on my first generation Nexus 7.

  • swungman

    got a nexus 5… love it

  • Don McGee

    Got it 5 mins.ago on my 2012 nexus 7

  • aranea

    It’s been awhile since nexus 10 update was released and I still don’t have it. I wonder how they determine the 1%-15% etc.

  • GrendelJapan

    Still waiting on my N7 (12). I don’t think my wife has gotten updates on her N10 or N4 (I just got my N5, so her NS just got an upgrade) either. I doubt my Mom has the update on her N7 (13) either. I hate the waiting…

  • antonio

    Im seeing a bunch of people saying they got OTA but they dont post the location so no use for their info, I havent got OTA yet and Im in the Caribbean

  • Chisanga Ng’oma

    I wa going to join the rant too, but when I glanced over, it seems my OTA had arrived.

    Think Google just needed to be cleared what exactly a gradual roll out entailed.

    Oh well, fickle minds.

  • Erich

    Just updated my LG Nexus 4 to Android 4.4 KitKat a couple of hours ago. (Location: Philippines)

    • Carlo Lim

      Are you SURE MATE?!!!!! I so envy you. -_-

  • BratPAQ

    wow, look at them, 4.3 cant wait to get to 4.4. while my note 2 is still at 4.1. its been 4.1 from launch.

  • piermarcotte

    Still waiting for the update of my n4. Hope it’s soon.

  • GE918

    While sitting here reading this article, i decided to check and see if the was there. I powered on my N7 2012, hit system update and lo and behold it was there. 185.3 MB.

    • Geraldo

      Same here!

  • ronak

    samsung galaxy core phone can update of 4.3 or 4.4 is possible

  • ronak

    samsung galaxy core model phone can update of 4.3 or 4.4 is possible to updates ..will come

  • Erasmus

    Got my update for Nexus 10 this evening. Had to mash the update button a ton to get it though.

  • prashant

    I have lg Google nexus 4 but still haven’t received the update…is it normal or I need to worry?

    • Galen20K

      No don’t worry, it took a very long time for my Nexus 4 to receive it. Only just got it yesterday and still don’t have it for my N7(2013). Unfortunately, we’re all waiting. lol

  • Mike01nl

    Nexus 7 2012 updated to Kitkat on 17-11-2013. Eats battery life but works well otherwise.

  • blaine lutz

    still waiting on my 2012 nexus 7 im in washington -_-

  • Muhammad Ismail

    i stil can’t update to kitkat with my nexus 4 :(
    22/11/2013 2:36 PM

  • Seamus

    Still, waiting while the rest of the world is getting the update. Oh the pain lol.

  • fossicka

    No ota for n7 2013 Australia

  • colin

    Nexus 7 2013 here in Iowa, still no OTA. Still wondering if being rooted changes anything. Might just sideload it on if its not on for me in a few days.

  • fran

    Nexus 7 2012 (Spain\Europe) android 4.3 OTA not received yet

  • Alexbam

    Still no OTA on my Nexus 4 as of 11-22-2013 [11pm]. Most of the people I know here in our area already got theirs. :| – Philippines

    • marc

      That’s cuz a lot of them can’t wait for the OTA and sideload it..

  • michail

    Still nothing here…my nexus 4 in Greece is stuck on 4.3…:(

  • shawndeezy

    Nexus 4 still no update I have nexus update app and it says update is available but will not let me click on it it says coming soon lol… Canada

  • donger

    I’ll gladly wait for the ota update.

  • Paul Veasey

    My wife updated her N4 this morning mine hasnt yet ??? England

  • Ricky marin

    I just opened my nexus 7 2013 I ordered from amazon and was greeted with the 4.4 update… So it will come to everyone. and its soooooo fast

  • legendrz

    Noob question: Can you update directly from 4.2.2 to 4.4, or do you need to be running 4.3 to receive the 4.4 OTA? Just got my Nexus4 a couple of months ago, and I didn’t update to 4.3.

  • Mohak

    Will there b update on samsung core device?

  • jen

    Hubby and I got our nexus 4 at the same time. He got the update yesterday. Still nothing for me.

  • rajan

    Nexus 7 2012 here.cant get update what can i do.plz qanybody help me here

  • Summer67

    Nexus 7 2012-no update yet – Canada – eager here too :-)

  • monmon

    My nexus 7 2013 is not updating too – philippines

  • Jessica

    Nexus 4 – got my update on Thursday

  • indira kumar

    I’m using Google nexus 4 and I still haven’t got my update.I’m so desperate to use kit Kat on ma device

  • sonny ali

    I purchased two Nexus 7′s today. One immediately got Kit Kat, but one didn’t. This blows. These tablets are for my twins, so either they both get the same experience, or neither get a tablet. Damn you gewgle.

  • Sneha Dalmia

    Been waiting for a KitKat 4.4 update on my google nexus 4 since a long time. A know 6 other people with a nexus 4 and all have received an update except me. Any idea why am I not getting it or how soon will I get it?

  • Darren Lo

    It’s odd.Im in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and, I just got my Kitkat 4.4 update yesterday 24/1/13 on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. My gf is using the same phone and staying here as well. We are both on the same phone carrier however, she has yet to get her Kitkat update. How wierd is that?

  • rohan

    I’ve HTC One 801e. Still waiting for KitKat update. It has been rolled out in India long time back but I haven’t got it. I do check for updates once everyday. :(

  • Shailesh Patel

    How many time left for kitkate version for Samsung galaxy core

  • ammar

    I want to update my version on my samsung galaxy core plzzz help me plzz…..

  • austynn wood

    I have the moto g with straight talk and I got it in June still no update

  • nikhilreddy

    Erase KitKat updates completly