Dec 03 AT 2:28 PM Dima Aryeh 20 Comments

Nexus devices seen accessing sites with Android 4.4.1 in California

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All the fairly modern Nexus devices have had their KitKat updates released already. According to the latest numbers, Android 4.4 KitKat is already at 1.1% on the Android distribution charts. Considering that Nexus devices don’t sell very well at all compared to giants like Samsung devices, this is a decent number. But with some devices left buggy, as the first new version of Android tends to cause, Google looks to be planning a new update for its Nexus devices.

According to 9to5Google, they have noticed some devices running Android 4.4.1 visiting the site, specifically from Santa Clara, California (which is Silicon Valley). The devices spotted were the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, along with an unknown device with no name. But what could this update include?

To be realistic, it’s most likely just a big fixing update. Every time Google releases a new version of Android, there are bug fixing updates right after launch. However, it might be a little more than that. The new camera API that Google is developing with burst mode and RAW support might be thrown in for the Nexus 5, but that’s a bit of a long shot. Still, we can dream. It could also be the distribution of the Google Experience Launcher, which is also possible but unlikely.


This isn’t the first time 4.4.1 has been mentioned. LlabTooFeR, an HTC developer, claims that the HTC One Google Play edition will be getting the software version in the near future. Looks like it isn’t so far out. Expect an update sometime soon; we’ll tell you when to start checking. Do you have any issues with KitKat you’d like to see resolved? Leave a comment!

Via: Android Community

Source: 9to5Google

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • SGB101

    Hardly shocking that Google employees are pre testing the next bug fix.

  • Jimv1983

    I have a Nexus 5 and have installed the 4.4 update on my Nexus 10. I have not experienced any issues on either device. The only things I really care to see in the 4.4.1 update are camera improvements, Nexus 5 speaker volume improvements and maybe an improvement to the vibration intensity of the Nexus 5. It would also be nice if they restored the needed access for apps like Wakelock Detector to work correctly.

  • Nigel

    Is 4.4.1 the same as KRT16S?

  • Shibby

    KitKat has made my Nexus 4 MUCH slower also seeing apps crash a lot more often. I think they want me to upgrade to Nexus 5.

    • yoaj

      This just doesn’t seem right..
      Root, wipe, install. You’ll be fine.

    • clocinnorcal

      Really? When I still had my N4 it flew even faster with 4.4.

      • lolo

        My N4 is like a brand new phone after 4.4! I’m back in love with it and using it more than my N5. Battery life has also doubled for me on the N4 with 4.4. I actually prefer my N4 over my N5 now.

        • clocinnorcal

          I wish I had kept my N4. I love my N5 but the N4 was a really great experience too.

    • Dan

      You might want to factory reset, my N4 is even faster and uses less RAM

    • yoaj

      Also get that Franco Kernel. I just flashed it and my phone flies even more so now.

  • Mike Leahy

    Let’s hope there are some camera improvements. I got my Nexus 5 last Wednesday and immediately found a major regression in the long standing camera API for 3rd party app developers. It may affect a lot of camera apps on the N5 (youtube video + source code + APK showing the problem):

    My current theory is that the new camera 3 HAL / API which didn’t make a public API release in 4.4 is still being used behind the scenes to implement old camera API functionality on the N5 for the initial 4.4 launch. With this switch in backing implementation a fairly major regression bug appeared which I clearly document in that bug above. If you make a 3rd party camera app check it out.

    Let’s hope 4.4.1 gets out to as many devices as possible.. Seeing as I just submitted that camera API regression bug last Saturday I’m still hoping that a fix gets into 4.4.1…. Go check out that bug report and upvote and who knows maybe someone at the g-plex will realize there is a major regression bug.. Too bad I didn’t get my N5 right after launch…

    • Al

      I think maybe it is a Nexus 5-only bug. A user complained to me about my app and he was using a N5. I tested it on a Nexus 4 with kitkat and everything seemed normal.

  • Al

    This one is particularly annoying. A lot of developers. me including, are seeing lots of crashes on Nexus 5 phones in apps that use getRunningTasks:

    Please Google, fix this.

  • Miguel

    Weak to no signal at all on my Nexus 5 with T-Mobile some areas no signal this never happened with my Note 2

  • Midnite

    Hoping for that camera update SHOULDN’T be a long shot, but realistically it very well may be.

    The camera could be better and so many people have paid good money for the phone. Some may say that they paid for what they got, but when I walk into a sprint store, theres a huge advertisement by the door that says you should buy the nexus 5 because of the mindblowing amazing super awesome camera that takes pictures unlike any other. So yea.

  • Sabarish Potnuru

    I am unable to upgrade my nexus 4 to Android 4.4. After downloading 239MB file, its showing “Verification failed” everytime after downloading. Can anyone help me is clearing my issue???

    • hp420

      upgrade your recovery to the latest cwm version. dont use twrp.

  • Matthew

    random damn bugs, phone randomly crashing/shutting down, service randomly disconnecting, battery sensor not working properly, like it would shut off at %30, I reboot, it say like 2%, after a few minute wait, I reboot, it goes back to 20%, I start texting and it crash, the only time I don’t get these errors is either in a app or calling, other than that, every morning I wake up with my nexus 4 playing “dead” (turn off in the middle of the night) when actually I fully charge it every night. Google starting to suck, and now im studying a way to flash 4.3 stock without rooting. Google is starting to suck…

  • Matthew

    I been on kitkat 4.4 for 2 weeks, it all started waking up one morning and it was off, so now the post above explains my bugs every single day. really annoying.