Last Updated: November 7th, 2013

Update, 11-6-13: We've added in all the relevant stories from the following week.

As you may have noticed, your friendly neighborhood Android Police writers have been more than a little busy in the last couple of days. Google had the odd notion of launching a new flagship device and a major operating system update on a holiday, so it's understandable if you haven't been able to keep up. If you spent most of last night escorting your kids around the neighborhood (or if you don't have kids, and you spent most of this morning nursing a Halloween hangover), here's everything we've got on KitKat, the Nexus 5, and anything else you want to know.

The Nexus 5 Launch


If all you want is info on the next Nexus device, here you go. I hope you got an order in early - while the fulfillment issues that plagued the Nexus 4 launch are nowhere to be seen, stock is still not enough to meet the overwhelming demand.

New Android KitKat 4.4 Features

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Here's the meat of our coverage: all the user-facing changes you can expect in the new version of Android. Some of these are bigger than others, but all of them should be coming to a phone or tablet near you... eventually.


KitKat Update Timelines, Factory Images, And ROMs


And speaking of updates, this is all the initial information on Android 4.4 updates, and when you can (or can't) expect them to come to your device. Impatient? There are already a few KitKat ROMs springing up.

KitKat APK Files And Other Downloads


Maybe you're not ready to dive into a new ROM, but you'd still like to check out some of those nifty updated apps. We've got you covered - here are all the new apps (with APK downloads) that we've been able to find.


For Developers


Developers make the Android world go 'round. Here's all the information you'll need on the nifty new capabilities coming to your apps, and what you'll need to do to enable them.


Oh, and one more thing... we totally called it. If you'd like your coverage in video form, with a little bit of good-natured editorializing thrown in, check out the KitKat edition of the Android Police podcast.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Holy hell, that's a lot of stuff. Love the headers, Jermiah. I think it's exactly what people needed to see at this point.

    • Crispin Swickard

      I thought I did a ton of reading about Kitkat yesterday between here, and the google blogs. Guess this confirms it...

      This will undoubtedly help people not have to wade through all the pages quite so much. :)

    • Testraindrop

      Now we need the Teardowns of the new Apps and KitKat, and a (proper) review of the Nexus 5...

    • infogulch

      Awesome. Are you planning on keeping it updated as you post more articles that fit in these headers? What about adding teardowns and N5 reviews?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        That's a good idea. We may update it once in a while.

        • angel_spain

          Yeah, N5 review..cough...cough...

          • Jadephyre

            N4 Factory images, other updates are uninteresting.

    • Scott

      I love this website <3

      • Policemyballsak

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        • MindFever

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    • Dave

      Don't know if anyone noticed, but appops is missing from 4.4... Highly disappointed.

  • Michael

    Love the layout and headers in this article!

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    You guys are slacking. :)

  • James Murphy

    I love you, Android Police.

    • Policemyballsak

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  • spacekobra

    Android 4.4 and 44 updates...
    I smell shenanigans.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      You didn't see anything.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Cool and everything, but I will never buy anything from Google again, they totally fucked up my "wallet" account and decided to freeze it, the only solution they offer me is to make a new one and buy everything else again. FUCK THEM.

    I really believe Android is better than iOS, but Apple has top notch customer support and has never to my knowledge do something so idiotic, so iPhone 5S it is, my current SGS4 is already on sale.

    • Testraindrop

      Cool story bro...

      But since when are purchases connected to a Wallet account (I assume you mean apps, as it wouldn't make sense to buy devices again), they are usually tied to your Google account, aren't hey?

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        Yes, they are. The thing is Google froze my wallet account due to a mistake on their part, but they can't fix it, so I can't buy any new apps. So they finally told me the only thing I could do was creating a new account, buy every app again, and move on. Fuck them.

        I'm not the only one, people that move from one country to other are regularly fucked by Google, since they can't change your country, nor transfer your apps to a new account.

        You know what you have to do when you move with your Apple ID? You go to appleid.apple.com and change your fucking country, that's it.

        • http://www.alainalemany.com/ Alain Alemany Arana

          Honestly buddy, you can't even describe your problem. I've been in Cuba, where wallet and other bunch of services are forbidden because the embargo laws, etc. and got frozen everything by trying to use them... and back in USA the user support has been able to put everything back to normal again. Your opinion (like everyone's) is something to fully respect, but I think you're being a little sentimentalist by a problem you can even describe. I honestly can't see a problem they can solve.

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            I didn't get my account frozen because I tried to use anything I wasn't allowed to. I got my account frozen because they messed up and are asking to "confirm my identity" (a process that is only required for the american version of wallet), I did, but they are asking for american documents, which I can't provide since I don't live in the US.

            I explained this to them multiple times with no results. They sent my case to "their specialists", and after a lot of waiting I called again and they say the only way to speak with them is via e-mail (which just gets you pre-wrriten replies) since that department lacks any phone support.

            If you don't see a problem they can fix you're just blinded by your fanboyism.

            Google's customer support is so mediocre that I had to call another nation to get any support (I don't live in Cuba, there's no embargo here), never had to experience that with Amazon, PayPal (in which I confirmed my identity with no issues whatsoever), the App Store, Spotify, Netflix or Microsoft's store.

          • tim

            I work in IT, so I know that bugs exist. But in cases like these, there's always a fix or workaround, even if it means recreating or rolling back your account. What this sounds like to me is that YOU fucked up and Google froze the account. I'll danger a guess and say you tried to use some trickery to get access to a US-only service like, say, Google Voice.

          • Ole

            I too guess he fucked it up himself.

    • Andreas Marconi

      Err...Apple suspended my iTunes account for some unknown breach of their ToS (I haven't used iTunes or any Apple services for 3 years), and refused to tell me what I did wrong or what I could do to get my account unsuspended. So were I to buy another iPhone or iPad, I would be unable to access my bought apps from when I had a 3GS. I am also unable to buy any music or movies/TV shows should I feel the need, or any iTunes vouchers for friends or family. So yeah, Apple are just as bad.

  • icyrock1

    They gave us a "KitKat" on Halloween. Honestly, in retrospect, we should have seen this coming.

    • Robert Alex Kibler

      Most of us did see it coming. People just didn't want to wait so they kept grasping at straws for every other date in the month.

  • david coffey

    i love android. love google. and i'm going to heart my white 32gig nexus 5 when it gets here. but i am kit-kat'd the fuck out. i just need it in my hands already.

  • Edgar Martin

    Can't wait to get my hands on the Nexus 5. Just got my shipping info so super excited now!

  • D

    Is there root for N5 yet?

  • ginobili

    Nice. Something to read at work this monday hahaha

  • Nadeem Ansari

    Hey guys download the stable version of the Nexus 5 Google Experience launcher right here http://goo.gl/CNUSUc

    • Mike S.

      Does this one still have the keyboard bug?

  • Pan Szym

    Thanks, great summary :)

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  • HolyFreakingCrap

    Only posting the factory images for the N5 is beyond fucking lame.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This is nothing new - they've always posted factory images following the OTAs, when they happen.

      • Jadephyre

        When they released the N4 they started rolling out 4.2 to GNex users as well. Why can't they do that with 4.4? If Qualcomm doesn't have the drivers ready in time, well, maybe it's better to choose another Chipset manufacturer that hasn't good a stick stuck somewhere.

  • Hans Gruber

    I was a bit disappointed with the N5 (carphone warehouse had it in stock and i got a play with it)...

    The main thing i was disappointed with...was the casing. Where the back panel meets the side, it's sharp. It might just be that i'm used to my galaxy nexus but...it really fet sharp.

    This pic is a good indication as to why :| sigh..


  • Crispin Swickard

    The launcher can be used on 4.3 devices as well. According to notes I saw you have to also have the new version of the google search app, and the google services apk from 4.4 as well to run it. Worked pretty well on my N10, haven't tested on my GNex yet. Have tried all the other apks with next to no issue on it though.

  • Oli72

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  • Dhiraj

    My hangouts does not support SMS in India.I have also installed lib fix for video call support .But every time message not sent.Any solution? Is the apps is carrier dependent?

  • Greg Nelson

    The other update.....mine will be here on Tuesday!

  • Ittiam

    I am running GB on Atrix.. First time I am feeling that I need to upgrade to latest OS..

    Great coverage AP. I was vacation and missed all the action. This is hugely useful

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  • RCB

    Not sure if someone has mentioned this yet, apologies if they have. I have only just noticed that when you two the Google search bar on the home pages, the drop down appears from where you have touched it. Is this new to kit kat, or have I been blind? I like the little things, small mind and all

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    Anyone want to hear a kitkat joke?
    Why did it take so long to release kitkat?
    Because they had to take a break!

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