Nov 13 AT 11:28 AM Alex Wagner 20 Comments

Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Nexus 7, Nexus 10; update to hit Nexus 4 ‘soon’

Android 4.4 KitKat

Looks like the Nexus 5 is no longer the only member of Club KitKat. Google has announced that it’s now pushing Android 4.4 to both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 10. Owners of cellular-enabled Nexus phones will have to wait a bit longer to break off a piece of KitKat, but Google does promise that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 models with mobile data capabilities will be updated “soon.”

One of the most cited benefits of owning a Nexus-branded device is the fact that they’re often the first products to receive new Android updates. That’s a trend that’s continuing with Android 4.4, and while there are likely some Nexus 4 owners that are disappointed about missing out on the first wave of updates, I’m betting that it won’t be long before the N4 gets its own KitKat snack. Once it does, you can bet that we’ll let you know.

If you’re rocking a 2012 or 2013 Nexus 7 or a Nexus 10, be sure to keep an eye out for Android 4.4 in the coming days, and don’t forget to give us a shout in the comment below once KitKat finally makes its way onto your tablet!

Via: @Android

Source: @Android

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  • pekosROB

    Will someone please help me? I finally got the driver issue settled out but when I go to recovery to sideload the update, my Nexus is not found. When turned on the Nexus shows up as an android composite ADB interface but when in recovery it’s not recognized and therefore won’t allow me to push the update. This is so frustrating since no one seems to have this problem currently…

    • Justin

      I just went through the same thing with my N7. ADB would work normally, but no device found when I tried to sideload. and if I unplugged & plugged back in during sideload, it wouldn’t even recognize it.

      So…. start with the tablet booted normal. Start ADB & make sure the device shows up (adb devices). Then reboot into recovery (adb reboot recovery). Then go the normal steps to sidestep.

      At this point, look into your device manager. It should now show the yellow exclamation point.

      You will need to download these generic adb drivers from koush:

      Update the driver & point here.

      It *should* update & you will be good to go.

      Rember it is KRT16″ooohhh” not KRT16″zero”

      • pekosROB

        Thanks, but I don’t even see any yellow ! in my device manager when I’m in recovery mode (with Andy on his back, panel open and red !). Installed the Universal Adb Driver and still nothing. Guess I’ll just wait for the OTA.

        • clocinnorcal

          In the device manager with your device plugged in, where you see the Android ADB, right click and uninstall. Then unplug your device and let it reinstall any drivers then install any other drivers you need. Worked for me when my PC stopped recognizing my Nexus device.

          • clocinnorcal

            “Then unplug AND REPLUG your device and let it reinstall.

          • pekosROB

            Just wanted to update you and let you know I tried it again last night, this time from home, and had success. I still had to edit my driver with my Nexus hardware ID so it would recognize it when I rebooted into recovery and forced it to accept via adb sideload, but it works! KitKat and Nova lookin’ GOOD!


    I like the Google Nexus series of smartphone. Recently Nexus 10 has been spotted on the Indian play store. But currently this tablet is not for sale. I am eagerly waiting for Google Nexus 10 to be launched in India.

  • jak2rocks

    Oh man, I’m so excited! I just bought a 2012 Nexus 7 thanks to the GameStop deal and I get it on Friday!

  • Geovani

    As a Nexus 4 owner, I’m wonder when Google will give me a break, give me a break of that Kit Kat bar!

  • 346

    ‘soon’ is a positively sounding marketing term that actually means ‘next year, or we have no clue’

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  • da9el

    can’t wait to get 4.4 on my nexus 4. together with the latest nova launcher i finally can have the transparent bars! looking forward to that ;)

  • ariff

    my nexus 10 still cant update lol….

  • fredal

    I am from Singapore. my Nexus 10 still no update to 4.4

  • Bull Durham

    The stock Rom was just released for Nexus 4. Other than the boot screen it looks just like 4.3 with the most annoying features of KitKat for the Nexus 5 without any of the good ones. It is severely disappointing. I see very little difference between 4.4 and 4.3

    • Brian

      Yah, just loaded it up and am quite disappointed. I feel like I’m back with apple, being put on the back burner for having the last generation phone.

      I’m going back to CM 10.2.

  • tony

    I have the 2013 and 2013 nexus 7…. No update for either…. Lame

  • Greg Wheeler

    I have been waiting and still am for Google to update my nexus 7. I’m just not confident enough to flash out otherwise install any b of the “updates” so far that can be found. When will I hret it? Any advice would be appreciated

  • David

    No update yet on my Nexus 7 2013 WiFi. Patiently waiting…

  • Meg

    I got KitKat the day before yesterday and now my Nexus 7 is charging super slowly and losing charge while I’m using it plugged in. DDD: Is anybody else seeing this? I just put it on the ASUS charger instead of the one I normally put it on but I don’t have a Nexus USB cable because they’re pieces of crap that die about two months after you get one, and before this it was pretty okay with a generic charger.