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In a pair of exciting tweets (and a Google+ post), the Android team has announced that the WiFi Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013 models) will begin getting updated to Android 4.4 KitKat today, while the mobile data-enabled Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 will get the update "soon."

At least one user is already reporting having gotten the update on a Nexus 7.

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screenshot: ali8283 on Reddit

We haven't tracked down the OTA links just yet, but you can bet we'll keep you updated as more information emerges. In the meantime, ready your "check for update" fingers!

Source: Twitter(1, 2), Google+, Reddit

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

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  • dhruva

    i hope the moto g comes with kitkat tomorrow

    • grumpyfuzz

      That will be sad for the Nexus 4. A new device will already be running KitKat before a nexus device, which is supposed to get the update right away.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I suddenly understand a small amount of the pain that all the Verizon GNex users experienced (I am a Nexus 4 user)

    • skitchbeatz

      Lol. No you don't.

    • Brett

      Don't worry, the update won't change anything on our Nexus 4's. It's the last update that we're getting, and it didn't even give us anything. F*** Google.

      • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

        Except for an undeserved sense of entitlement.

        • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

          "Undeserved. He paid for that product, and no, he didn't just pay for the hardware and in the case of the Nexus line he specifically bought (probably) because of updates. And still Google can'f fucking support a phone for 24 months while Apple is supporting its phones by over 36 months.

          • Ryuuie

            I'm pretty sure this was covered before with Galaxy Nexus to Nexus 4.

            While Apple supports their phones, the new OS will, quite honestly, run like absolute shit AND it will have missing features.

            Apple doesn't care though because, to them, you're still running the new OS so "be happy".

            I should know of this as I had an iPod touch which went to shit when it got the newest OS. My fiance experienced the same issue before he sold his iPod touch for the Galaxy Nexus.

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            "While Apple supports their phones, the new OS will, quite honestly, run like absolute shit AND it will have missing features."

            Google fanboys (people emotionally attached to a corporation that doesn't give a fuck about them, just like Apple or Microsoft) like to say this, but it's totally untrue. You have like one example of things Apple didn't include (SIRI!!!), and that was because of hardware limitations.

            Moreover, it's just untrue that new updates run like shit, the iPhone 4 was running perfectly with iOS 6, iOS 6 still represented upgrading a 2 years old phone. It runs kinda shitty with iOS 7, but iOS 7 is a massive update and it still got it. And it runs just fine on an iPhone 4S (2 years old).

            "Apple doesn't care though because, to them, you're still running the new OS so "be happy"."

            This is one the most absurd statement and just plain delusion I've encountered on the web, so Google doesn't update your phones because it cares... sure.

            "I should know of this as I had an iPod touch which went to shit when it got the newest OS. My fiance experienced the same issue before he sold his iPod touch for the Galaxy Nexus."

            Your GN is now abandonware, the GN is way older than the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S is running iOS 7 like a charm, and iOS 7 was a substantial update.


            I prefer Android over iOS, I like it more. That doesn't exempt Google from criticism, nor it means its support it's an absolute piece of shit compared to Apple's.

          • OSagnostic

            Apple still sells iPhone 4S, so you would expect it to run the latest OS. Apple just stopped selling the iPhone 4 and it will not get iOS8. Google just stopped selling the Nexus 4 and it will not get the android update this time next year.

          • Ryuuie

            Good to know that you know exactly the experiences that I go through and that you think they simply didn't exist. I'll be sure to let my own personal memories know that you've just so happened to change reality.

            Also, you seem to put a LOT of praise on Apple. Why is this? Are you on the correct website?

            It's not "absurd" to think that Apple doesn't really care. I sent them my iPod touch with a faulty home button. It was also crooked. Keep in mind the back was perfect and unscratched. They sent it back to me stating that the button was perfectly fine. The back had multiple scratches that were not there when I tightly packed the box (and also made sure it wasn't tampered with when I mailed it off). If Apple was a perfect god as you are trying to make them out to be, they wouldn't stand for such imperfection on one of their devices. I had to deal with that faulty home button until I sold the device on eBay.

            Have you owned an old iOS device before that's running a new version of the OS? It's not the perfect jump like you claim.

            You're choosing to nitpick at various parts of my post so it makes sense for your (broken) argument. It's cute but bad considering I never said nor implied that Google doesn't update devices because they care.

            Apple doesn't care that your new iOS device won't get the newest things. Would you like to talk about how the iPhone 4 didn't get Siri but the 4S did? How it worked fine on the 4 but the 4S still got it because Apple wanted people to buy that phone instead? How about people with iOS devices are upset with each launch of a new OS because something is left out each time for their device but Apple will never admit to it in their events? When I hung around the ipodtouchfans.com, I'm pretty sure that I wasn't the only person who was upset. However, you're apparently a master of reality, so that didn't happen?

            Also, you incorrectly assume I'm using a Galaxy Nexus...when have I said this since I appeared on this website?

            ...Do you really use Android devices? How are you so blind to what Apple does?

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            "Also, you seem to put a LOT of praise on Apple. Why is this? Are you on the correct website?"

            Maybe because there's things Apple does right? Maybe, have you considered, the simple fact that Apple has the best track updating its devices? Maybe, I don't know. I didn't praise iOS over Android (because I prefer the latter) or Apple's iPhone, because I think is hilariously small. I praised Apple on what is without any reasonable doubt superior, period.

            The rest is part of your fantasy fanboy delusion.

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            Although I despise Apple like plague, I do agree with this. There are some things that Apple does extremely well, and updating their devices, on time, is one of those things.

          • Ofer

            lets not forget that although apple do update their product line - still many features are unique to some devices only.

          • pfmiller

            Do you have a Galaxy Nexus? Honestly, the current OS runs like shit when you're running beastly apps like Chrome. There is zero evidence that Kit Kat would run worse on the GN, and since memory is typically the device's bottleneck there is reason to believe Kit Kat would run as good or better than what we currently have.

          • Milind Shah

            chill dood! although the iphone 4 did get ios7, it stinks on it and on the ipad 2

          • Gestur

            Or perhaps undeserved because Google clearly states support for 18 months. To me it seems 4.4 is a big update, its just that it isnt about flashy gadgets, but rather better working internals. And being downvoted probably has a lot more to do with choice of words than actual content.

          • Matt Graham

            I say pay the money and buy an iPhone if you need more months of official support. Or buy a new Google device every few years. Or install an unofficial rom after google drops support. I remember being so frustrated with my older iPod Touch when it couldn't be updated to the latest OS, and more and more apps wouldn't run on my version. After only a few years, it was not just outdated, but obsolete! And no option to root and install a custom rom or side-load stuff (well, at least not that I found at the time...there were probably smarter people than me hacking their iPods).

          • Crispin Swickard

            I bought what was the current version iPod touch last January, and it is stuck on iOS 6, and already apps are not being updated for it. I was extremely unhappy to learn when iOS 7 was announced that it was not to be supported. I was burned pretty hardcore by that. Not too mention the lightning connector issues...

      • Michael Pahl

        Do you even lift, bro?

      • Anthony Pettit

        You're running nexus, ASOP was available hours after N5 release if you want to be spoon fed have some touchwiz

        • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

          Because that's totally the same, and super stable, and battery shines, etc /s

        • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

          That's a lame thing to say now, c'mon..

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        Incredible that you got downvoted for stating a fact. It's embarrassing, plainly absurd and shameless, that Google can't fucking even support its own Nexus line for the entire length of a contract. Apple still supported the iPhone 4, and unlike Android 4.4, iOS 7 was not a small update, it's 3 years old phone and it got updated, Google's 18 months are pathetic.

        • Brett

          Exactly. And the things we're seeing in this update could very easily have been added to Jelly Bean via a small update like 4.3.x and been par for the course. It's sad that an update to an entirely new API level with a new name is Jelly Bean with white icons and a few performance tweaks. I'm not a Google Hater. I love Android and will never switch to iOS or WP. But I had faith in Google to deliver something more. This update is neither revolutionary nor evolutionary. It's some bug fixes and white icons.

          • fidel19

            kitkat has much more than just bug fixes and some white icons. Do you bother actually reading the changelog when when an update is released? Kitkat is all about performance, and that matters much more than the design of the UI in my opinion

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            We'll see. I highly doubt Android 4.4. is any meaningful way faster than Android 4.3, nor I think the battery will last more, that will probably come with ART, which is still not ready for prime time.

            iOS 7 was undoubtedly a bigger update, they changed the design of almost every app, added a bunch of features (like Air Share for example) and APIs, ported every app to 64 bits and changed how multitasking works entirely.

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            When you don't really know how big of an update 4.4 is, its better not to pass silly statements. UI is not everything. There's massive changes under the hood. And this is a preparatory update for the next version that'll most likely come with a completely new runtime - ART.

          • aSquard

            But then people would have complained that it's not "officially" 4.4 if they released a 4.3.x

        • m

          You know that ios7 features vary by device right? Apple have been fooling idiots with tricks like this for years.m

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            Yeah, "they vary" as in "it doesn't have Siri" (which is the only thing you can come up with). iOS 7 in the iPhone 4 lacks Siri and transparencies, both of which are caused by hardware limitations.

          • N

            iPhone 4 also misses out on camera features, scrolling background, Facetime over 3G, 3D maps, voice navigation. Likely all "hardware limitations" Just ignore other apps that can do those features on the same phone.

            Note: I switched off iOS just before iOS7 came out, so maybe some of these features were added back in.

      • superlinkx

        We'll get at least next summer's update. 18 month window and all that.

      • Ryuuie

        Considering the Nexus 7 2013 pretty much has the same internals as a Nexus 4, I highly doubt it's the last update. Besides, you're speaking of nothing more than a rumor with no actual proof other than "but the Nexus 4 has been out for 12 months".

        • deltatux

          It's a well known fact that Google only officially support their devices for 18 months. However, does it mean we're stuck? No, the community will likely step up to the plate and continue supporting it along with code coming from Qualcomm's open source community Code Aurora. Lots of patches they released for their chipsets appear in custom ROMs way before they do on official builds. So that's some food for thought.

      • deltatux

        Unlike the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4 runs on the Qualcomm chipset which has a very active development community of their own with lots of driver updates and kernel updates that aren't even found on stock ROM. Likely even without official updates, the Nexus 4 will likely be well supported after the official support window thanks to the community and Code Aurora.

      • Simon Belmont

        How dare you display Ron Swanson as your avatar. He'd never bitch about this stuff.

        All he'd want is a steak. Also, I'm sure the Nexus 4 has a couple more updates left in it.

    • miri

      Until you actually own the CDMA Galaxy Nexii for a time, you don't know the definition of pain.

      • Aleksey_US

        Just left both the Nexii and Verizon and jumped the N5 ship over to AT&T really enjoying both so far.

        • GentlemanScholar

          I couldn't wait so I grabbed an N5 and a prepaid T Mobile sim. I'm porting my number over from Verizon on Dec 15th the fateful 2 year anniversary from the release of the GNex, which has left me scarred for life.

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            Sorry, but that made me chuckle. lol

  • Mastermind26

    At least one of my 2 devices will run 4.4. :)

  • Lupe Fiasco

    While I don't own a GE Phone, I am curious as to when they will receive Kit Kat 4.4.

    • Jooyoung Hong

      If i remember correctly it was a week after these devices got it for 4.3
      HTC promised 15 days, so 2 weeks (or less) from now I guess for 4.4

      • Kyle Riedemann

        I believe it was two week from the Nexus 5 launch. Could be wrong though.

        • Jadephyre

          No, you're right, 15 days from N5 launch, so this friday the HTC One will be getting it. No idea about Samsungs GPE though.

          • Kyle Riedemann

            I know they haven't announced. And HTC said 30 days after the N5 launch for the Developer Edition One, and 90 days for every other One variant.

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      When you drop a good album?

      • Lupe Fiasco

        You tell me.

  • Nick

    Time to charge my N7 and check for updates...repeatedly.

  • http://www.twitter.com/andrewpalozzo Andrew Palozzo

    Are the images uploaded anywhere for me to manually load?

  • Yo

    No transparent navbar?

    • Jooyoung Hong

      and the same old app drawer icon..weird

      • br_hermon

        Are both those things found only in gel?

        • Justin W

          Yes, unless you use something like Nova (they updated their navbar recently). I don't know if they updated the app drawer or not though.

          • Kyle Riedemann

            I believe only the beta has been updated.

          • Crispin Swickard

            Isn't that good enough? :D

          • Kyle Riedemann

            Yeah, I'm not saying anything about Nova, I just wanted people to have the information they needed! So no one downloads it from the Play Store and takes offense with Nova.

          • Crispin Swickard

            Hopefully people wont fret that Its a beta thing. I always install the beta versions, and have used Nova before it was released to the Play Store, and has always been very solid. Does need some fixes in the app drawer, and such on the new version, but otherwise good to go. :)

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            Agree. Never had an issue with Nova betas, and like you, I've been running betas of Nova ever since it was born.

          • Justin W

            Yeah, I saw that after I posted this. It will be coming to the mass-market version though, and I'm guessing it will only be another few weeks before we see that.

    • JonJJon

      Sad face :-(

    • Victor

      Try nova launcher beta. You can get the transparency with the kit Kat update. It's beautiful.

    • After All

      > Full-screen wallpapers with preview
      Your wallpaper now extends through the notification tray and system
      buttons. And when you change your wallpaper, you can preview just how it
      will look before you set it.*

      *Currently only available on Nexus 5

      • whispy_snippet

        This is so utterly shit.

    • Ben

      FYI, KitKat's Android launcher doesn't come with transparent status/control bar, only the Google Experience one. I believe installing Nova or Google Experience launcher will do the trick

  • br_hermon

    Here's hoping the images are released soon!! https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

    • Jadephyre

      All we need is someone to rip the binaries out of the OTA and we're good. That's all we really need.

    • Kyle Riedemann

      Me too. I have a stock Nexus 7 (2013), but that's only because I bought it last week. I have to flash everything else and would rather just do it once.

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  • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

    Probs be a good idea to block out ali8283's email address.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Done, thanks for pointing that out!

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      One thoughtful and watchful guy.. :thumbs up:

      • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.


  • illithid_2003

    So the Google Experience Launcher is officially exclusive to the Nexus 5 then. Bummer...

    • Jadephyre

      Does that really matter? I mean, the transparency you can now get with custom launchers, they just have to update them.

      • Kyle Riedemann

        I like the Google Experience Launcher. And for a company so sensitive to fragmentation, having a different launcher on phones and tablets seems weird. Setting wallpapers from images also works better, and it didn't redraw as much on my Nexus 10. It's a fairly big deal I would say.

        • Justin W

          I have this feeling we'll have the option to add it at a later date via an APK through Google Play.

          • Kyle Riedemann

            That's probably how it will work on the Nexus 4 too, I double Google will pull out the stock launcher. They left the AOSP browser on the Galaxy Nexus after all. I just hope the Nexus 4 doesn't come with the AOSP messaging app.

          • TY

            But the AOSP launcher
            was updated to launcher3, which is essentially GEL without Google Now features. Strange how they're staying on launcher2. Perhaps it'll mess up the home screen during the transition?

          • Kyle Riedemann

            That is really weird, nice catch.

          • mgamerz

            It might be launcher3,except it won't be the stub the nexus 5 uses to point to the google now edition. Obviously google now edition is not open source since it has google now in it.

          • Kyle Riedemann

            I think launcher 3 looks like the Google Experience launcher without Google Now, but I'm not sure.

          • Ryuuie

            I asked about this when Chrome was the newest thing to an Android dev on G+.

            The reason why the Gnex and Nexus S kept AOSP Browser with Chrome being a separate APK is because they didn't want to confuse users who were so used to AOSP Browser.

            Yes, that is EXACTLY what was said.

            As for 4.4 on Nexus 4 having the Messaging app, it most likely will. You can hide it though, I did. It won't break anything.

          • Kyle Riedemann

            Yeah, I'll just disable it like I always do with email. But in this case the AOSP messaging app won't actually be functional when Hangouts is the default if I remember right. I know you can view messages in it, but I'm not sure if you can send messages from it. And of course you won't get notifications from it.

            This might be the one situation where I can see it being less confusing just getting rid of a system app.

          • deltatux

            If you have rooted your device, you can also just delete the MMS.apk from /system/app to uninstall it.

          • pfmiller

            It actually makes sense. It's likely that the launcher configuration files are incompatible, so upgrading to launcher3 would reset the launcher screens configuration. It's better to let users opt in with a Play download then to break the users launcher setup.

          • JonJJon

            Hopefully, otherwise Google will increasingly be going a "nooooooooo" route. I really didn't like how they have screwed up the keyboard for me, I just hope they don't fragment the Nexus devices too much considering the considerable power in all of the newer ones.

          • Crispin Swickard

            I have had it on my N10 in APK since they posted the binary for the N5, and they started tossing its APKs our way. the only issue it had was the search bar was not centered. Of course with the stock rom without some root tricks it would have solid nav bars. That I will have to resolve soon as I get my N10 updated to 4.4 :)

          • Simon Belmont

            Agreed. Or it'll come around in Android 4.4.1, hopefully.

            I do love the transparent look of my Nexus 5. Hope to see it on my Nexus 7, soon.

        • miri

          Having different launchers has nothing to do with fragmentation.

          • Kyle Riedemann

            Yes it does, it's a different UX across the Nexus line. And if Google wants to target it more to consumers, then that's a problem.

        • mgamerz

          It's because you don't just change the style of an app (a system app) for a user. Imagine if samsung did it on the galaxy S3. Not everyone who has a nexus phone is a power user. I know at least 2 people who just needed a good, cheap phone when theirs died.

        • hhhh

          What does the launcher transparancy have to do with fragmentation? Unless you know of apps that don't work. Fragmentation is not the same as device exclusive features.

          You know that apple do this ask the time right? Every ios7 is different depending on device. They have bigger fragmentation problems but hide them.

          • Kyle Riedemann

            iOS 7 at least looks and works the same for the most part. The Nexus 5 is a completely different UXUI than the Nexus 7 now. On one you long press for widgets and have as many home screens as you can and on the other you have widgets in the app drawer and have 5 home screens no matter what. On iOS you can pick up a device and it works the same way. That's not true for Nexus devices right now, and that's not a "feature".

          • J-Dogg

            offcourse, the first iphone still has the same UI as the iPhone 5? yeah right... come on Kyle, that's totally not true...

          • Kyle Riedemann

            No, I mean the springboard on the current iPad works the same as the springboard on the current iPhone. You can buy a phone and a tablet and learn one design language.

          • Martin Nooby

            The iOS 7, despite its support for let's say the 4S, doesn't really work the same though. Sure it looks the same, but I've experienced consistent lag on my 4S...like a lot. At least Google put an effort to introducing the new Android Runtime (ART) method that'll support a lot of devices :)

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            You're day dreaming.

      • whispy_snippet

        It matters because custom launchers often feel either a bit amateurish, or you can see how the developer has been hamstrung by restrictions meaning the final product has rough edges.

        • deltatux

          Not necessarily, there are great third party launchers like Go Launcher, Apex Launcher and my personal favourite, NovaLauncher which are greatly designed and built. All my devices run NovaLauncher, that's for sure.

          • whispy_snippet

            I'm familiar with those launchers but they're not for me. Look, I'll be honest, I'm a Google fan boy and crave a completely stock, up to date Google experience. It's disappointing this will not be available on all of my Nexus devices... at least not yet.

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            Now that makes more sense. Thumbs up for the honesty and I kind of understand what you mean.

        • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

          Eh? Nova, Apex - I know at least two custom launchers that are anything but amateur or rough.

      • rak_ark

        Someone on Reddit reported that transparency works with Nova Launcher beta. 4.4 apparently has the api for transparency, which the other launchers can draw from.

    • olbapnauj

      you can grab the apk from the web i just installed google home ( google experience launcher) on my Nexus 7 without problem

    • whispy_snippet

      It's absolute bs. Google has micro-fragmented stock Android in the Nexus line. Timely, consistent updates is one of the main reasons why I purchase Nexus devices - and I'm sure I'm not alone.

      • mj

        Duh it's not fragmentation tool ffs

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        It's the only reason. Nexus smartphones (the Nexus 7 is great) are always full of compromises, yes, since the N4 you at least get them cheaply, if you live on one of Google's blessed places, but is still a compromised experience versus other high end devices.

    • ted

      hate Google, hope that the transparency works with the Nova Launcher

    • lbrfabio

      Who knows, maybe after the Search update the new nexus will be on the "home switcher" page of the Settings.

  • olbapnauj

    i just tried the google framework trick 2 times and im downloading the update right now :3

    • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

      Didn't JBQ say doing that was bad?

      But I still wanna do it...

      • Ryuuie

        Yes, it is bad. It can break your connection to Google's servers and screw the device up so bad that, sometimes, not even a reboot can fix it. Only time.

        But people think it's safe because a few people get the OTAs that way so they continue to do it.

        • futurejohn

          I've done it numerous times with previous devices and I've never had a problem (as far as I know). What do you mean by screw up your device?

          • http://twitter.com/diegojdiaz Diego Josué Díaz Reyes

            It will cause an error when you sync your account on your device. Google takes a while to fix it up on their servers and it can cause major wakelocks (it did for my Nexus 4) because it's failing to sync properly.

          • Ryuuie

            Pretty much what Diego just said. Your device will constantly fail to sync to the Google servers and it can take a few hours to days to fix.

            While it's doing this, your phone is constantly trying to sync over and over and over and it will kill your battery life.

          • futurejohn

            I see. Well now I'm sufficiently scared enough to never do that again. X-D

          • David Marion

            It might not be the same issue, but I had something like that happen a while back. All I did was clear the hosts file on my phone and it solved the issue.

          • Cousie G

            Can't you just fix that by deleting your google account and resigning in?

          • Crispin Swickard

            You can. I had to do it before. It sucks to have to do, but it works.

    • Chris

      I tried that, haven't gotten it yet. 3rd time's a charm!

    • Dave Whyte

      Make sure you pull the update to share!

    • FrancoMacagno

      Cant believe those are KitKat's most highlighted features..
      So dissapointed by the lack of the Google Experience Launcher

    • yihtang

      Does the multi touch get any better? I just bought one and it was affected by that issue even after updating to JSS15R. If this doesn't address it, I am going to return it for a new one.

      • olbapnauj

        never had the multitouch issue so i don't know.

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

      Did you grab the OTA link?

  • Jadephyre

    Well, at least one good message at the start of the week.

  • http://www.efetech.com.ar Federico

    JBQ, we miss you.
    Nexus 4 owners.

  • Nathan

    Maybe not transparent because of Nexus 7? And Nexus 4 will be transparent?

    • Kyle Riedemann

      The Nexus 10 can't run the transparent navbars, so maybe they disabled it on the 7 to have it consistent across tablets?

    • Ethan G

      The transparency is part of the Google Experience launcher exclusive to the Nexus 5. Google said they're just seeing how it goes before they decide whether or not to release it for other devices.

      • Jadephyre

        Transparency is a function of the new R19 SDK, apps can request it, so all we need is an update to the custom launchers.

      • Kyle Riedemann

        There's code that XDA members found that disables the transparent bars on the Nexus 10 with a comment that says it's disabled for performance reasons. So Google obviously thinks that device can't handle it. It has troubles with HW overlays.

        • Ethan G

          Interesting, thanks.

          • Kyle Riedemann

            The transparency is just an API, so we don't know if the Nexus 10 support the API yet or if it's disabled system wide. You'd think I wouldn't be getting so many downvotes for knowing something about this topic. It hurts me just as much as anyone to know that my favortie tablet is going to struggle with some parts of Kit Kat.

    • Brett

      My money is on NO transparency for the Nexus 4. I would bet they've even blocked apps from requesting transparent bars.

      • Jadephyre

        For that, they would have to have stringent code control on the PlayStore, and I doubt that is going to happen any time soon, also there is still custom ROMs. If Google really permanently disables transparent status- & menu-bars, some hacker is going to come along and put it back in, simple as that. In very much simplified terms it's a quick copypasta, that's it.

  • xnifex

    Has SuperSU been updated for 4.4?

    • Kyle Riedemann

      Yes. I believe it's still 1.65.

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  • Brian Walker

    Flashing back to stock so I can get this OTA. I didn't check if I needed any data saved before I wiped the thing, but I live life in the fast lane.

  • Trent Callahan

    In before the hate... But... I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who's already sick of hearing about KitKat/Nexus devices.. Stock Android is great and all, I like it a lot. I just don't want to have every little thing about it crammed down my throat..

    EDIT: God forbid somebody post his thoughts without being downvoted into Oblivion like a spammer.

    • guest

      I'd downvote for the selfie

      • Trent Callahan

        That's cuuuuuute.

    • BrahManty

      You realize you have the choice to not read this website, right?

      This is an Android news website. Don't complain when they post android news.

      • Trent Callahan

        You realize there's more to Android than Nexus right?

        This is an Android news website. Don't act as if Nexus is all that exists.

        • BrahManty

          Yes, I do. I own a stock HTC One. But if you're trying to say an Android website should NOT cover nexus news just because everyone else is doing it... I'm sorry, but you're just wrong.

          • Trent Callahan

            No, I'm saying they're overdoing it. As is everybody else. We're acting like iSheep, gouging out our eyes to glorify a single device/update. Sheesh.

          • Shawn Cheever

            You use "we're" and "our" as if you're including yourself. I thought you were sick of all this Nexus stuff? Are you speaking from the position of a recovering iSheep (you said it, not me!)?

          • Trent Callahan

            I've never owned an Apple device and I never will. And "We" is a group of people, that I am stating I am a part of. Am I an Android fanatic? Of course. Therefore, "We" denotes "Our group" which happens to be "Android Fans." If you think I'm excited for a phone I won't be buying, or even remotely care about, you're sadly mistaken.

          • Crispin Swickard

            It remains the fact that this being an Android news site this article, and very comment thread are specifically about an update to android itself. I think it a very appropriate article. As for other devices there was an article today posted about an update to a non nexus device (Note 3). This does not seem like a bias to me.

            Due to how android updates come out it forces increased anxiety vs. iOS, and them all just getting it the same time. Its pretty natural especially for people like me that want the very latest version OS/apps. This being a more enthusiast site more so than some others I think this would be an appropriate place for Stock Android/Nexus devices talk to be acceptable.

        • http://twitter.com/diegojdiaz Diego Josué Díaz Reyes

          What would you prefer they talk about? The recently released Oppo phone? There are no bigger news at the moment than this... The update to devices is pretty big, especially when it's the latest Android release. A reminder: you took the time to complain about a free and open publicized article because they don't meet your needs of moving on to some other topic (which takes time)... There are other media outlets, I'm sure you're competent enough to find the ones that suit you the best.

          • Trent Callahan

            Android Police is the only one I actually like. Droid Life is too.. Ew for me. I'm actually psyched about the Oppo, and I'm considering getting it. I wish they had more content on that, rather than Nexus devices allll the timeeee. It annoys me. App reviews? Amazing. New device? Sure, an article or two. Interview with a developer? Hasn't been done, but a good idea imo.

            What I'm saying is, ever since the "Nexus" and "KitKat" hype, things have been getting old.

            Sorry if I'm not a stereotypical fanboy and enjoy ejaculating over a Nexus render, or even an update.

    • ScottColbert

      I wasn't going to downvote but your edit forced me to.

      • Trent Callahan

        My apologies. -.-

    • polesmoker99

      I dislike everything about you, from the jaunty angle of your selfie photo to your 1920's-hard-boiled-detective-sounding name. "Trent Callahan, private eye."

      • Trent Callahan

        Mmk "Polesmoker."

    • MyLeftNut

      Listen, even I commented once about being tired of the near constant Nexus posts (and got down voted as well, it happens when you go against the grain) but of all the posts to complain about, son, you chose the wrong one. This is actual news not only deserving of a post but of a sticky at the top of the page for those who are just catching up.

      Posts speculating about how many possible Nexus 5s some random warehouse has in stock days/weeks before any announcements are open to criticism not this one.

      • Trent Callahan

        It's not necessarily news to me if you receive a notification within 2 weeks telling you an update is available, that's my two cents.

    • elvisgp

      So, Trent Callahan, how does it feel to be given advice from someone's wise left nut(in fact it even called you son)?

      • Trent Callahan

        How does it feel to be a cocky troll over the internet? Someone's mother is proud.

  • DJ SPY

    It's incredible how not even Nexus devices get timely updates in the world of Android. Shameful. Apple rolled out iOS7 before the 5s was released.

    • Trent Callahan

      Why follow Apple's model? Here's their business strategy:


      • DJ SPY

        So you're saying you don't like timely updates? Let's ask the people that own a Nexus 4 and heck, even the Galaxy Nexus how they're feeling right now. Wasn't part of the reason of buying a Nexus the promise of on going support and timely updates?

        • Jacob Frasca

          You say timely like it should be instant and it should have happened by now. Google is trying to roll the update out in a way where if they find a problem within the update they didnt catch then they wont have thousands of devices with jacked up software plus most people arent concerned with getting any update the second it comes out, some people even like to see if they like what the update has to offer based on others feedback before they install it so all in all, it really doesnt matter, your just mad you dont have the update an hour after they started rolling it out. calm down, it will arrive shortly to you and my Nexi :)

        • selonmoi

          Ask me: I own a Nexus 4 and I feel wonderful.

          It's still an amazing phone and Android 4.3, which was released just 4 months ago, is a fantastic mobile operating system -- far more beautiful and capable than the mess that is iOS 7. iOS users can only dream of innovation at this pace!

          I know that I'll be getting my taste of sweet sweet Kit Kat in a few weeks, at worst. Long before any non-Nexus device sees it (in an official release).

          • DonPorazzo

            You forgot about htc one and sammy s4 google playh edition. They'll have kitkat sooner, that nexus 4 owners. That is just fu*ked up!

          • selonmoi

            "You forgot about htc one and sammy s4 google playh edition. They'll have kitkat sooner, that nexus 4 owners."

            Citation needed.

          • DonPorazzo
          • selonmoi

            Thanks. It's nice to read an actual, official statement among all the hysteria in this discussion.

            That said, I'm skeptical about whether the One Play Edition update will really come in the next two days. We'll see, and I'll gladly eat crow if I'm wrong.

            (That said, as a Nexus 4 owner, I still don't care if the One Play Edition gets the update a few days before or after the Nexus 4. I don't take these things personally.)

          • Marcelo

            I don't give a shi* about how r u feeling... If they released 4.4 for nexus 7 today they were obliged to release to N4 today too... If u don't mind with this point, fine, but I bought a N4 to get the updates at least in the first OTA devices... If Google don't mind with that, I'll be glad to change for IOS or WP next year and I would be very glad if many N4 owners do the same... That's plain disrespectful from Google side...

          • selonmoi

            Wow, you sure are angry. The fact is that Google does give its Nexus devices priority, and you will be getting your update soon. But in almost four years of the Nexus program there is absolutely zero precedent for simultaneous releases across different devices.

            So I fear you have set expectations that were bound to be disappointed. I'm afraid that being a Google customer is going to cause you a lot of grief, since release-when-ready and staged rollouts seem to be two of their most used practices.

            If this is really important to your happiness, then yes, I would definitely agree you should switch to another platform. But in the end, you'll probably be disappointed elsewhere, too. Microsoft, in particular, has made promises about updates that they fell way short of keeping -- most egregiously, they abandoned months-old flagship devices in the move from WP7 to WP8.

        • Ajanu

          I have a nexus 4, running 4.3. I want to be sure the apps and mods I use will work the same on 4.4, so I probably won't update the second it hits anyway.

          iOS is released for how many phones? With how many different manufacturers involved? ASOPA has had a 4.4 N4 rom since before the Nexus 5 arrived at any customers, updating a nexus phone currently possible.

          Time for me to go to work and think about REAL problems.

    • bobby

      seriously! One of the main reasons I got a Nexus 4 was to avoid the fiasco I experienced with the VZW Galaxy Nexus. I'm getting a little pissed about this, to be honest.

      • ScottColbert

        First world problems are a bitch, aren't they?

      • sweenish

        You're nowhere near toro levels of update lag, so shut up.

      • Dan Carter

        I'm just annoyed that it looks like my half assed ROM running 4.4 with the GEL is gonna be a better experience than the 4.4 official update that will probably not include the new UI. I really just don't get Google fragmenting stock Android this way.

        • Sir Perro

          C'mon it's just two transparent bars in the launcher. It's annoying but it's not missing the "new ui".

          Also GEL is play store upgradeable.

          • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

            "Also GEL is play store upgradeable." << What?

    • RyanWhitwam

      Really? You can't wait a week for an update? How did you ever survive the angst-filled run-up to Christmas morning as a child?

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        You're confused. It's been more than 2 weeks, one week more means 3 weeks, GPe devices, maybe will get it a month later, with dropped support for the Galaxy Nexus.

        Google sucks at this, have some balls and write and editorial about how much they blow at this. Praise them for what they do right, but don't try to blame its fucking consumer for its incompetence.

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      Using your logic ios7 was released months after it was announced, while android is being released abiut a week or two before announcement.. There you go

      • Sabin Bajracharya

        But technically speaking, ios7 was in beta stage and could be used only by the people with developer account. It was release as soon as the beta tag was removed! Whereas with Android, there was no news of android kitkat even at the very last minute!

        Android is open source so I don't get why they have to hide new version till the very last moment. Google should also release alpha, beta versions of android so that not only consumers can try it but developers can also use it and optimise their apps accordingly!

  • mgamerz
  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    but I want an Oompa Loompa noooooowwwwww!!!

  • Darklord

    any idea if unlocked bootloader nexus devices will receive OTA update?

    • Dave Whyte

      As long as you are running stock with no mods you will be fine. The unlocked bootloader doesn't stop any OTA's.

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

        And if you are and forgot which - factory images to the rescue.

  • Tony

    Why wouldn't the Nexus 4/7/10 get the transparent launcher, are they really "testing" the response...do they really think consumers see the transparency and yell "oh no where did my giant ugly black bar go?! i want black bar back google"...said no one ever!!

    • Kyle Riedemann

      Well the folks at XDA found Google code disabling the transparent navbar on the Nexus 10 with a comment that it was disabled for performance reasons. That's probably due to it's trouble with hardware overlays. No clue about the others.

      • Simon Belmont

        Hmm. Considering the GEL works great on my old Galaxy Nexus, I have trouble believing it's entirely for performance reasons (Nexus 10 notwithstanding).

        My guess is we'll see it come to other Nexus devices in a future update or perhaps it'll go to the Google Play Store. Only time will tell.

  • Simon Curran

    The amount of 'Check Now' buttons being pushed right now...

    • Crispin Swickard

      Probably good they aren't physical, or they would be broken by now.

      • Jays2Kings

        You say that like that can't punch the screen out.

        • Crispin Swickard

          Well of course thats an option as well. Damn you service framework trick not working..

  • les02jen17

    Came here from facebook, thinking Google just announced a new Nexus 10. xD

  • Iván Rodríguez

    why the fuck i will not get the transparent bar on my nexus 7 (2012)¿?¿? i was waiting for 4.4 just for that feature so i can see more webpage, and not blocking the thing with those 2 black bars,

    im so pissed!!!, do you know if the inmersion mode will work on chrome for android¿?¿? thats my only hope, or flashing other rom with the fucking feature.

    • Brendan Owens

      Download Nova Launcher Beta to get the transparent. The Reddit user who already received the update reported that Nova Launcher Beta transparent works!

      • Iván Rodríguez

        do ni have to be root or something to do that¿?, i downloaded nova beta 2.3beta1 and the option is not shown, i dont know whats happening here

        • Jadephyre

          The option is only shown when the ROM supports it. Which one are you running?

          • Iván Rodríguez

            stock 4.3 in nexus 7, no root no anything, i have never done anything "weirt" to my tablet just stock android updates via OTA

          • Abhijeet Mishra

            That's the problem. You either need Android 4.4 (which means a custom ROM at this point for the N7), or a device that supports transparent bars by default, like the Galaxy S3/S4/Moto X. These devices have support since before 4.4 since the manufacturers added them in their UI overlays, but for Nexus devices, 4.4 is needed.

          • Carlos

            So you mean that Nexus 4 on 4.4 will have transparent bars?

          • Abhijeet Mishra

            Probably not on the stock launcher, since the new Google launcher is exclusive to the Nexus 5. But yes, any third-party launcher that supports transparent bars will have those on 4.4 on the Nexus 4/Nexus 7/any device running 4.4.

    • Sir Perro

      The transparent bars in the launcher is one thing, and it's not related to android at all. Inmersive full screen mode is. Every single 4.4 device is able to do the inmersive mode thing, that's at the framework level. The transparent bars in the launcher is just some fancy effect coded in the google launcher.

      • MeCampbell30

        This is not right.

        • Sir Perro

          In which way is not right? GEL is one thing. Is just a damn android app, which can be updated anytime, with transparent or black bars. Google decides.

          Immersive full-screen mode is a completely different thing, it has NOTHING to do with the transparent GEL bars. It's defined at the framework. It is available to ALL 4.4 devices. Directly from the 4.4 API:


          To provide your app with a layout that fills the entire screen, the new SYSTEM_UI_FLAG_IMMERSIVE flag forsetSystemUiVisibility() (when combined with SYSTEM_UI_FLAG_HIDE_NAVIGATION) enables a new immersive full-screen mode. While immersive full-screen mode is enabled, your activity continues to receive all touch events. The user can reveal the system bars with an inward swipe along the region where the system bars normally appear. This clears the SYSTEM_UI_FLAG_HIDE_NAVIGATION flag (and the SYSTEM_UI_FLAG_FULLSCREEN flag, if applied) so the system bars remain visible. However, if you'd like the system bars to hide again after a few moments, you can instead use the SYSTEM_UI_FLAG_IMMERSIVE_STICKY flag.

          • MeCampbell30

            The nav bar and notification bar are controlled entirely by the system. And the system will use the gradient if you set your app style to Theme_Holo_NoActionBar_TranslucentDecor defined in r.style or set transparency in your custom theme.

            Its in the section right after the part you copy-pasted, if you even bothered to read the next paragraph.

          • Sir Perro

            Yes, translucent nav bar and notification bar are also supported by the framework now. That's how transparency is done in GEL in nexus 5. That doesn't change anything. It's a completely different thing to inmersive full screen as I said before.

            Any 4.4 device supports both functionalities. Google decided not to use the latter in GEL for nexus 7 according to the above screenshots. That doesn't mean it's not supported in the framework. It's just a google launcher strange decision.

          • MeCampbell30

            Yeah OK but that not what you said before.

            You said: "The transparent bars in the launcher is one thing, and it's not related to android at all." " The transparent bars in the launcher is just some fancy effect coded in the google launcher." Which is flat out wrong.

            There is no GEL on the Nexus 4 running 4.3 and even if you moved it to one running 4.3 it still wouldnt give you transparent nav and status bars.

  • Matt

    Darn! I still didn't receive a 4.4 update on my Nexus 7 (2012). Is it because I refused to download 4.3 for the 3rd time? How many times do I have to install 4.3 on my device?!
    Also, Darn it even more for the 4.4 update not coming onto the GNex! I'm not going to upgrade my phone until the 64-bit version of the Nexus 6 comes out Google!

  • Shawn Cheever

    I thought I read somewhere that Google made it so the status bar and navbar can be hidden and reappear by swiping in from one of the edges? Does anyone know if this feature must be supported by the app or is it a system wide thing? One thing that I liked about Ubuntu Touch (did I get the name right?) was the gestures and the ability to swipe in from the edges for different actions. If not, can anyone recommend a good third party app?

    • TSON1

      It's for fullscreen apps.

    • Nathan

      Yes, apps must support it.

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    Do I remove AOKP and go stock to experience 4.4? Hmmmmmm.

    • Mike S.

      I just did. Went from AOSP 4.4 and AOKP 4.3.1 on MultiROM and just flashed back to stock.

  • whispy_snippet

    So what user facing features can we actually expect for non N5 devices? What about full screen artwork on the lock screen for Google Play Music and YouTube? Surely we get this... It's not part of the launcher.

    • miri

      Go to http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/ and search for an asterisk (*) with ctrl+f. That'll show you what's exclusive to the Nexus 5 and everything else will come to come to the Nexus 4, 7 (first & 2nd gen), 10 and any other device running 4.4, hardware permitting.

  • Mario E Hdez

    Wait I don't get why everyone is so excited, I already have this on my Nexus 5...

    • Fitzelgard Allan Gerard

      Downvoted for being the cafeteria bully. Now shoo, the other children are waiting in line.

      • Mario E Hdez

        Hahahahaha. Too easy.

  • http://www.funbookes.com/ www.funbookes.com

    I like those amazing device .

  • Макаров Илья

    ´soon´ again? Are you kidding, Google?

  • Steph Chi

    Nice they don't forget 2012 N7. In times of planned obsolescence, good job Google.

    • Sebastian Kleye

      Would be a shame if they don't stick to their own "minimum 18 month device support" rule...

  • Fellwalker

    Not sure I want it. I've got nexus 5 and at least a couple of times a day some app tells me it is not responding and asks if I want to close or wait. Thanks but I don't want that happening on my nexus 7 2013.

    • Brett

      That's likely a reality of the OS still being new. I imagine once devs start updating their apps to work with 4.4, that problem should go away.

      • Fellwalker

        So because of that I should get a poor user experience? No thanks. I'll wait for it to become more stable on my nexus 5, with which it was specifically designed, before putting it on something it has been adapted for.

        • Brett

          What do you expect? It's an OS where there is no open beta. The Nexus is a developer phone, so technically THIS is beta. Be realistic, did you expect all devs to magically snap their fingers and have their apps up to the 4.4 code the instant it came out? Most of these devs are doing their work for free too. If you freak out over this, I hate to imagine how you'd be handling Typhoon Haiyan right now.

          • Fellwalker

            Who's freaking? I'm just saying I don't want to get the beta operating system on more than one of my units at a time. It says a counter to the rapture from so many other posts exclaiming it as the best thing since sliced bread.

          • pfmiller

            Why do people keep saying that the Nexus phones are developer phones. They have never been advertised as such. Yes, Google did used to offer them as developer phones also on their developer site but that was never their sole purpose. These days the Nexus phones are only sold by Google on the play store right next to Justin Beiber's latest album. It doesn't get any more mainstream than that. They are good phones for developers, but they are not developer phones and this is certainly not, technically or otherwise, a beta OS.

  • Guest

    Despite not having transparent nav/notification bar on homescreen,is there still options for devs to put full screen mode in apps (ie. Books, games, or web browsing) on n4/7/10?

    • Sabin Bajracharya

      Full screen in apps are supported on all devices with android 4.4. This feature is not exclusive to Nexus5!

  • Leonid Podolny
  • Soooooooooooooooooooooon


  • Kenneth Holmqvist
  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    well smush the update button on my nexus 10!

  • Benni Bennetsen

    I can confirm it doesn't help to push update 150+ times

    • Evan Buchholz

      I think it works about as well as holding the B button when you throw an Ultra ball to capture Mewtwo.

  • Matt Graham

    Sweet. My Nexus 7 is going to even more stock! Actually, I'm curious to see what enabling the ART will do for my 2012 Nexus 7. Enabled it on the Nexus 5 yesterday not expecting to see any difference in performance, and didn't. A few apps have been crashing now, but since I enabled it early that's kinda what I'd expect.

  • DaveTexan

    I'm a bit concerned about backward compatibility. Had many apps that broke after 4.3 update and needed to get updated versions...

  • wouldbenice

    I wonder if sms is supported in N7 3G version. New Hang out include sms...

  • Shoeb Ahmad Fareed

    Everybody was waiting for this 4.4 kitkat update from many days here it comes. Just go to setting → about phone → System updates → Check Now. – Check out it here – http://goo.gl/tC1rnO

  • PiLoT .

    I don't get the hostility. They said coming weeks. Were only 2 or 3 weeks after they said it, how that not timelty?

  • Maurício

    Where is the transparent bar?! SHAME OF YOU, GOOGLE!

  • Franco Rossel
  • bizzaro pizzar

    I have gotten an update error on my nexus 7 2012. It is stuck now on "No Command"

  • LE Sacks

    Just for my understanding... the About screen shot shows Kernel 3.4.
    The rumors where that 4.4 would be kernel 3.8 - the one with BIG.little, fewer multitasking interrupts etc.
    So? Is there no kernel update or what?

  • Levente Szabó

    Why my nexus 7 2013 wifi version doesn't get 4.4 update yet? It say "Up to date". I diden't unlocked something or root it.

  • mike davis

    This is bs. It's been 2 days & nobody has gotten the update without flashing Wtf? Google is getting 2 be a huge pain in the a$$. Also, I tried manual update. Can't get it to work

  • notara

    still waiting for the updated. where is it.

  • DBFack

    november 20 no update for my nexus 7 first gen. Its the update that didn't happen as far as i am concerned

  • Sandra

    I just got the update today on my Nexus 7. I guess I better look around and find out what is new.

  • pdshunter

    I have android 4.4 on my first gen nexus 7

  • priyanka tako

    after I updated my tablet mm nothing works in manner I mean camera doesn't work neither MX player.solution?