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Last night, roughly two weeks after the Nexus 5's release, Google announced the first round of KitKat updates for the Nexus 10 and 2012/2013 Nexus 7. While most of us are still waiting our turn, maniacally mashing the Check for updates button, the over-the-air update url has been discovered.

That means you can easily flash the 243MB KRT16O Android 4.4 build right now without waiting any further, no matter what your rooting/bootloader situation is. Of course, if you've modified the system partition in such a way that the OTA won't apply cleanly anymore, you have to either revert those changes or wait for the factory image.

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Update #1: The latest Nova Launcher beta enables transparency and works like a charm:

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Update #2: How To Try The Google Experience Launcher With Translucent Bars And Google Now Once You Get Your KitKat Update [APK Download].

Disclaimer: Android Police isn't responsible for any harm to your device - proceed at your own risk.

Prerequisites

In order to complete the steps below, you need to have the Android SDK installed. The SDK contains the latest version of adb and fastboot, which you will need for flashing. You will also need a MicroUSB cable to execute adb sideload, fastboot flash, and other commands. You don't need a USB cable if you're just planning to download the OTA zip directly to your device and flash it from recovery.

You must be running Android 4.3 JSS15R for this OTA to work.

Download

Download signed-razor-KRT16O-from-JSS15R:

Install

Note: This method, just like the native OTA update procedure, does not wipe your data.

Note: If you're using SuperSU v1.69 with OTA Survival enabled, you need to disable it first, otherwise the update may not flash.

adb sideload the zip you downloaded above by following my earlier guide here. If something fails, try to fix it by restoring the system files you've changed or wait for the factory image.

Here's what you should expect to see if you're using the fine TWRP recovery:

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And now that you've flashed yourself some KitKat, go read up on what's new and enjoy!

Rooting

Rooting a Nexus 7 is very easy but requires an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery. I recommend using TWRP.

  1. Flash TWRP from here (fastboot flash recovery FILENAME.img).
  2. Reboot into recovery (adb reboot recovery or hold Power+VolDn, then select Recovery).
  3. Flash the latest version of SuperSU.
  4. You should be rooted.

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Thanks, @kholmqvist88 and @WinDroidGuy!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

    No transparent status and nav bars, they could've at least done that much without giving us the whole launcher from the Nexus 5. Oh well.

    • Nocturnal

      it has to be diffrentiated

      • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

        That seems to be the Android Team's sentiments exactly

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

      What? Those are a part of 4.4. Its got nothing to do with the Nexus 5 launcher. There's Launcher 3 and then there's the new Nova Beta. Transparent status and nav bars. Have at it.

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

        Nova right now doesn't give you transparency for some reason, at least for me.

        • Péter Szentkirályi

          No Transparency on newest Nova beta? What the heck.

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

            Never mind, it needed to be manually activated.

          • Péter Szentkirályi

            Thanks!

        • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

          Did you enable it in settings?

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

            Where would that be? I don't think I had to do that on the N5.

            Edit: found it. Yup, OK, it works.

        • Fitzelgard Allan Gerard

          If youre on Kitkat and you install it from the playstore it automatically gets enabled, but if you were coming from Jellybean to Kitkat you have to enable it manually ;)

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

            Ah, that makes sense.

      • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

        I was referring to the stock launcher

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

      Indeed. Oddly, Nova isn't showing transparent bars either. I wonder why.

      • Sud

        Activate it?
        How

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

          Thusly:

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

          In the settings, as visualized in the screenshots above.

          • robert wang

            I can't find the transparent notification bar setting on nova

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

            Are you using the beta? It's under Look and Feel.

          • http://minima-moralia.noblogs.org/ elleti.brainvision

            maybe he does not have Nova Beta!!

    • mystilleef

      So much for providing a consistent experience across their devices.

      • Mark

        Like Apple you mean? Where the same iOS is totally different on each of their devices?

        Oh yea, everyone's at it. Get with the times. This isn't fragmentation, there are likely technical (or commercial) reasons why it's not there.

        If you don't like it, go buy a Samsung or a Sony and wait 6 months for KitKat...

        • mystilleef

          I expect that from Apple, not Google. The whole premise of Android, starting with ICS, was to provide a consistent experience across all their devices. Forgive me if I'm disappointed.

        • Leonardis

          Cold hard facts causing some butt hurt Mark? Grow up!!

          You assumed him to be an Apple user (and so what if he is?) and state the issue was fragmentation. Wow. As an android user (HTC One GPE) I totally agree with him. It is not consistent at all. Does it mean it is the end of the world no. It is still a great phone OS Just a truth he expressed...

          For the record Apple and even Windows Phone provide a more consistent version update to their devices... You seen the Gingerbread usage stats? As for saying iOS is different from device to device just shows your vast ignorance.

          At the end of the day it is what you enjoy. Simple.

      • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

        Yeah I'm not digging the inconsistences

      • jpfrasier

        Even if every Android device received KitKat within the month it still would not be a consistent experience across devices. Each of the OEM's custom skins provide a much different experience. I agree that OEM's should provide updates faster but 4.4 KitKat on a Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Nexus 4/5 are all going to have some similarities but the experience would be far from consistent across those devices.

        • mystilleef

          Google is not responsible for what OEM's choose to do with their devices. They're only accountable for their devices, the Nexus devices.

          The Nexus devices provide the "purest" and "most consistent" Google/Android experience across all form factors. I buy and recommend Nexus devices, exclusively, because I value this philosophy.

          This was the idea Google marketed to the world with the Nexus line starting with ICS.

          • the_bunny

            From what I understood, for the new launcher to work the device needs to have a low power, always on core present in the Snapdragon 800. I'm pretty sure the people who use the work-around to activate the new launcher on Nexus 7 tables will see a big hit on battery life.

          • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

            They can enable the always listening feature for only white listed devices. Or just provide a toggle for it.

            Besides, that feature is half baked on the Nexus 5. I'd argue it shouldn't be part of the launcher until it works as well as, or better than, the implementation on the MotoX.

            The Google Now integration and the new look was what most people were excited about.

        • Azhar Farooqui

          True, OEM should be a faster update. I got HTC one O2 UK based version and i converted it to gpe. Got 4.3 update earlier but still waiting for 4.4

      • Zach Child

        I love it when a missing visual effect is enough to get several people riled. First world problems OP

    • someone755

      I though that the "exclusiveness" would be AOSP-only not, N5-only.
      I'm starting to hate that phone... :C

  • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

    I'm guessing you'll lose root, right?

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

      Yes, but I just added the root section for easy re-rooting.

  • G0B1IN5486

    Nice!! Let's hope that the Manta and Grouper OTA links are discovered soon too!

    • Krands

      Manta is the Nexus 10?

      • Daniel Smith

        Yes

    • Péter Szentkirályi

      I can't wait to see the performance improvement they were talking about. My stock grouper on 4.3 is sometimes embarrassingly slow.

  • Mike S.

    I was just about to post the link for the zip

  • Fitzelgard Allan Gerard

    MY BODY IS READY!

    • Sabin Bajracharya

      Your goona update your body with kitkat? Nice! :D

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

        I think that was his Nexus 7 speaking.. :p

  • Lamar

    Does this build have the battery percentage in the status bar reported yesterday ?

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

      It should. I'm all charged up though, so I won't see it for a while.

  • http://www.jugarjugar.net/ Jugar Jugar

    Ready to switch to the new version KitKat amazing. It really is what we expect in recent times, more than you can imagine

  • Matthieu Cuenin

    No link yet for the Nexus 10, I suppose ?

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

      Not yet.

      • Matthieu Cuenin

        That was quick !
        Thanks for the answer.

  • raddacle

    If the nexus 5 recieves a wallpaper that looks like a 5 and the nexus 7 has a wallpaper that looks a like 7, wonder what wallpaper they'll release with the nexus 4 as it never came with wallpaper like that.

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

        Haha something tells me that it probably won't be that...not to mention its not even the right number

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

          Oh the number is right. Very right.

          • Pål Nilsen

            This proves Half-life 3 is coming, guys! YEAH! ^_^

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

    Booya!

    • Alberto Blasi

      So are the bars transparent?

      • Mike S.

        No, only on Nova

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

          And GEL.

          • Bob

            Why does GEL have the old app drawer button? or is that Nova?

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

            That's GEL actually. Good question, probably because the Nexus 5 variant doesn't have the updated graphics for the right screen density/size, so it's using the default/old one.

          • Alter

            I think it also shows the old dark folder circle, instead of white.

          • http://www.tech-help.it/ Stefano Cirimele

            bars are transparent also in some apps, without gel, try it on the easteregg!

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

            Some apps? Nope. No other app in my knowledge is compatible yet apart from Nova launcher beta. The easter egg transparency is just there to demo how the immersive mode will work.

          • http://www.tech-help.it/ Stefano Cirimele

            maybe because apps need to be updated from developer to support kk immersive mode?

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

            Correct. Apps need to be updated to use the new API for immersive mode and/or transparent bars.

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

            Dayframe supports this. Check it out, looks very slick.

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

            Oh yeah I did, yesterday, but forgot. Maybe because I uninstalled it after 10 mins. 150 MB RAM? No thanks Mr. Developer!

          • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

            Nice Artem! We haven't got to see this ourselves yet =)

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

            Transparency is system-wide, it's a per-app setting, yes.

          • http://www.tech-help.it/ Stefano Cirimele

            so you don't need gel to have transparency, except for launcher, of course

          • Ashwath Ravee

            What about the lockscreen?

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

            The lockscreen does not have transparent bars :(

          • Ashwath Ravee

            Well that's a damn shame. What about those annoying indicators on the side from Jellybean which flash every time you press the power button? Are they still there as well?

    • James Freeman

      How did you get transparents working?

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

        I flashed GEL from the N5. Nova works too. GEL is a bit weird though, it wants to pop up a keyboard every time you click Home from another app. Otherwise it's perfect.

        • Fitzelgard Allan Gerard

          I actually thought that was a problem with the AOSP when it first came out, good to know your feedback on this. The keyboard is because of the search widget if you remove it the keyboard issue goes away, we dont see it on the other launchers because the widget is exclusive to GEL :|

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

            How can you remove the search widget from GEL? You can't as far as I can tell.

  • anzensepp1987

    I can't get it to work with my completely stock N7 (2013). I can't access the screen where I can select "apply update from adb". Is there any different way to access this screen apart from VolUp+Power?

    • Mike S.

      VolUp THEN Power is how I got it working

      • anzensepp1987

        Still no success. The red-exclamation-android remains and when I press the power-button too long it just powers off.

        • TylerChappell

          You don't have to have them pressed down for more than a second, mine did it with a quick tap, but it may be finicky just how it is with screenshots, like when people accidentally do the volume just slightly ahead of the power button.

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

            Yeah, this has always worked for me in the past. Just don't hold Power for too long to avoid reboots.

          • shaboogen

            When I try to get into recovery, I get a screen stating "No command."

            Never seen that on any device I've looked at before. Is this normal?

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

            Can you snap a pic of it?

          • shaboogen

            http://imgur.com/IXbWI2m

            Looks like no stock recovery red exclamation mark I've seen on any device. Almost like it doesn't have a recovery, though I've never done anything on 2013 N7 before.

            EDIT: NM, I'm retarded :)

          • Patrick Moore

            I just kept pushing Power + Vol Up and it eventually worked

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

            Have you tried holding Power and quickly pressing VolUp?

        • Pål Nilsen

          I was struggling with the same until I finally cracked it. Hold power for about a second, then press and release volUp for a quarter second. The menu should show up instantly.

  • Mike S.

    This is what it feels like to have a Nexus huh?

  • kamil zych

    Should I do factory reset if I have custom 4.4 ROM right now?

    • Mike S.

      Flash back to stock

      • Steph Chi

        The only good response ! Sorry @anzensepp1987 ;-)

    • anzensepp1987

      Of course!

  • TylerChappell

    Ok, I am not certain why it's not working, perhaps I missed a step somewhere? I have the SDK installed, I go into the platform tools folder where adb is etc, I hold shift and open the command prompt inside the folder with adb and fastboot, and then I type "adb sideload longfilenamehere.zip" with my Nexus 7 plugged in and on the stock recovery screen where it says "Now send the package you want to apply" and nothing happens?

    Actually, nevermind, it is working now, I put a "0" where the "O" should have been.

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

      What is the response from adb?

      • TylerChappell

        I think it actually didn't have any sort of response when the file name was incorrect, but as soon as I fixed the typo in the file name, the command prompt filled up with all of the lines as it was moving the files over. Worked like a charm.

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

          Pro-tip: type the first 2-3 letters of the file name, then press TAB to auto-complete. No more typos.

          • TylerChappell

            Wow, thanks for that! I never knew, as I don't fiddle around with adb or the command prompt as much. I used to a lot more back when I had my Thunderbolt, since ROMs were the only way to make that a decent device.

  • Bob

    How does 4.4 work on the nexus 7? Any noticeable improvements to speed/fluidity?

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

      Seems pretty snappy. I can't say I'm noticing huge improvements but time will show. Right now I have a few more guides to write/prep.

      • Mike S.

        It's a lot more smoother than the AOSP build. And the 'Printing' feature actually works now! Only thing that's different from the AOSP build is the font seems to be too small, even on Nova.

  • cyrex85

    Hi guys,
    I have now on my N7 Cm 4.2.2, but I would like to test Android 4.4. What should I do to get it on my N7? Should I go back to stock and unroot my device? Is bootloader relocking needed?

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

      You don't need to relock anything.

      Just flash the 4.3 factory image, wipe data, then apply the OTA in recovery.

      • Guest

        edit.

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

          Nah, that's JWR66Y-from-JDQ39.

      • cyrex85

        Do you mean I can flash downloaded zip in recovery like the other roms?

  • Critical Thought

    Ok now excuse my rudeness, but google is bullsh*tting when it pushes a vanilla android update without all the new functionalities.. I mean look at wp8 updates, every single lumia gets the same update with the same functionality.. Even the pro cam will be available on every Lumia including the less than $100 phone, the 520, when the Nokia Black update rolls out.

    • Smithers_Jones

      But it's WIndows Phone. so it's worthless crap.

  • vmlinuz

    Finding update package...
    Opening update package...
    Verifying update package...
    Installing update...
    Verifying current system...
    Not enough free space on /system to apply patches.
    E:Error in /tmp/update.zip
    (Status 7)
    Installation aborted
    =========
    Well, that's annoying...
    For the record, the way to get from the red triangle to recovery is to hold power and tap volup - works reliably every time, and it's what Google says on their support pages.

    Ah... wipe cache and now it's applying - panic over!

    • fzammetti

      Similar but different issue here:

      All good until the very end:

      Symlinks and permissions..
      set_metadata_recursive: some changes failed
      E:Error in /tmp/update.zip
      (Status 7)
      Installation aborted.

      I'm completely stock aside from root... went out of my way to NOT change anything that could break an OTA in fact... now, boots to recovery no matter what I do . Tried clearing cache, no help (didn't try factory 'cause I really don't feel like rebuilding everything again). Some searching reveals I'm not alone, but no answers yet. ARGH.

      • fzammetti

        FYI, just in case anyone runs into an issue like this: it appears in this case it was due to some messed up su stuff (I'm frankly not sure I could explain it precisely). The fix was easy enough: I extracted system.img from the 4.3 factory image and then used WugFresh toolkit to flash it. This got me back to a working system (before this, the thing would boot directly to recovery no matter what I did). At this point, I was able to sideload 4.4 normally and it worked fine. Now, I *did* lose root in the process naturally, but that just required a rerooting. Now I'm up and working on 4.4 with root, no problem, and *NO* data loss, which is what matters most to me. Flashing the system partition doesn't cause you to lose anything, no wiping, etc., it just kills root (and of course anything else you may have done in system, like Busybox, or any hacks- but the hacks would likely stop the OTA from working anyway).

        • StianOby

          YES - your method fixed my identical issue as well! For me, it was most likely the SuperSu survival mode that fucked up the OTA update.

          I extracted the system.img from the 4.3 factory image as you suggested, and flashed that with the fastboot command from the SDK. After that my Nexus 4 did NOT boot, it only got a black screen after the "Google" logo. However, I was able to sideload the 4.4 OTA update and then my Nexus 4 booted up fully functional with NO data loss :-D

          Thanks alot for these hints!

          • Alan

            How did you extract the system.img?

          • StianOby

            Find the factory image here:
            https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

            Use 7zip to extract the files (you need to extract first one file, then another file within the folder that is extracted). When all extractable files have been extracted you will find a system.img

            Flash this from fastboot using the following command: fastboot flash system system.img

            Then apply the OTA update, and boot up the phone.

            Portable 7zip (so you don't have to install it just for this extraction): http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/7-zip_portable

    • sam

      I had the same issue, so I flashed using the stock 4.3 images and when I went in to recovery it was giving me the same message. I wiped cache/dalvik and tried it again; it worked that time.

  • J

    Nexus 10 link pls guys

  • MFawful

    I have a Nexus 7. This is my first android update, will the OTA update install itself? Or do I have to install it?

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

      When your turn comes, sure. But that may take days or weeks.

      • MFawful

        Ah. Welp. I guess I'll be waiting. Thanks for the response.

    • Jefficko

      Settings -> About Tablet -> System Updates -> Check Now

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

        You just sent him/her to a tap-circle-of-hell. LOL

  • BelgianLotus

    Any news on the OTA files for the Nexus 7 Wifi (2012) (nagasi)

    • http://funsurf-blog.blogspot.com/ Satyajit Sahoo

      Looking for the same :(

      • pookietookie

        Me too!

  • scottgraham114

    This might sound like a noob question, but would this work on one of those generic tabs? I bought one online a while back just for messing around. Its running jellybean at the moment but that seems to have slowed it down a lot.

    • Mike S.

      This build is for the Nexus 7 flo only.

    • http://hqraja.com/ Haroon Q. Raja

      No, it will not work on *any* tablet other than the one it's intended for, i.e. the Wi-Fi-only, 2013 edition of the Neuxs 7. It will not even work on any other edition of Nexus 7 itself, let alone on any generic tablet.

  • ejparker

    Is the dark gradient always there? Looks fugly.

  • http://www.homysnetworks.com/ Mariusz Kraus

    do i need stock kernel to do this update through adb slide?

  • Paul_Werner

    Will you guys post another article for us 2012 N7 owners too? Just wondering

  • JonJJon

    Will the mini-SDK I used when I did the 4.3 update still work or is there a newer version needed than that?

  • Mike Reid

    Those old instructions to update a bone stock N7 2013 don't work.

    Good instructions that worked for me: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=44882205&postcount=35

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    Nexus 10?

    • Alex Pasquarella

      I got the N10 4.4 OTA last night, and in my excitement managed to bootloop the damn thing because I forgot I was rooted/custom recovery/etc. Flashed backed to factory image hoping the 4.4 OTA would be waiting for me again, but I was wrong :( Back to the waiting game. I was SO close... I'm really anxious to see what 4.4 is like on this thing.

  • Guest

    I was wondering about the clock widget in 4.4. Is it now changed to have the thin font only? Or can you keep it the way it is on 4.3, i.e. with the thick font for the hour and thin font for the minutes? I kinda prefer that look.

  • dariusmoss

    i feel like i've been out of the loop too long.. since when did we need adb sideload to apply an ota update? i thought you could just boot into recovery and install the zip? or is that just on other non nexus devices?

  • miri

    Interesting... It seems that the new Android Runtime is another Nexus 5 exclusive.

  • SorinDobrin

    Does anybody know if they original Nexus 7 will get 4.4?

    • miri

      Mine has already received the OTA.

      • http://r27.it/ R27

        Can you share OTA link?

  • Eric Callahan

    Anyone else getting "error executing updater binary in zip" when trying to flash this in TWRP? I see something about this on XDA when trying to flash certain ROMs, might this be a problem too?

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2239219

    • Denes Papp

      me too, did you get a solution?

      • Eric Callahan

        No, I ended up just flashing the compete image once it was released rather than using the OTA.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    I'm having trouble. Finally figured out how to update my driver so my computer reads the Nexus correctly as an ADB Composite device. However, once I reboot into recovery it does not recognize any ADB devices and therefore I cannot push/sideload the update.

    Help? Everything I see when I search for help just refers to the driver issue, no one seems to be addressing the actual issue of my tablet not receiving adb commands or even appearing to be a connected device when rebooted into recovery mode. My online searches for help have posts that are either unanswered, for older versions of Android, or for other devices.

  • Nexus7User

    I want to know whether this process is exactly the same as getting an OTA update? I mean, when Google pushes new updates in future via OTA, will my tablet still receive it whenever it is rolled out to me or will I have to perform this method every time?

  • Cory Wilson

    Where's the ota download for the old nexus 7? I'm having a hard time believing SOMEONE somewhere hasn't posted it yet

  • tinimc

    E:error executing updater binary in zip '/data/media/0/sideload.zip
    why it says that???

    • Gabernasher

      you did something wrong

    • Dale

      Are you using TWRP? If so, try flashing the latest ClockworkMod recovery, then flash again.

  • Franco Rossel
  • white.noise

    Will this update work if your 2013 Nexus 7 is running 4.3 JSS15Q?

  • taz89

    having issues just getting my nexus 7 to be recognised by adb. have been uninstalling and re installing drivers, trying different adb drivers and still nothing. have no issue getting into recovery but this adb is so much hassle. now if it was as simple as odin lol. have usb debugging on etc etc really am lost now. seriously why isnt there a simpler way to actually get the update manually.i would be happy to wait but knowing google i wont see it for atleast another week. bloody joke get a nexus and you will have updates super fast yh right

    • Gabernasher

      user error

  • Pieter Jan Bos

    When you're on an OS X machine, remember it's Unix what you're using. So make sure you use "./adb sideload", mind the "./" without quotes obviously.

    • http://www.yllipylla.com/ Ylli Pylla

      Hey man i'm stuck in these and ./ dont work

  • Sir_Brizz

    Anyone notice Tap & Pay in the settings? And Wallet says it was updated today.

  • BlackAce15

    Stuck on the cmd part where you type "adb sideload KitKat.zip" it says cannot read "KitKat.zip

  • JaeDonger

    I've been trying to install the 2012 Nexus 7 OTA and I can't get get past the "verifying current system" step in TWRP. The OTA I used to get to 4.3 changed the bootanimation to the GPE boot animation and now it won't run the 4.4 OTA. I've tried changing the bootanimation to stock, but it still hangs on that file

  • Alex James Simon

    Is it me or has the sound quality of the speakers and through headphones improved for music?

  • Edwin

    i have gotten an update error on my nexus 7 2012. Now it is stuck on "No Command"

    • Alex James Simon

      Um this is for the 2013 version will not work for the 2012 version

  • mike

    Cant flas it,..

  • Behnam

    I just tried installing with both CWM and TWRP and I got this message:

    " /system/framework/core.odex" has unexpected contents.
    E:Error in /data/media/0/[Update file name]
    (status 7)

    What can I do about it??? :(

    • Behnam

      I did it, all you need to do is flash the system.img from factory image.

  • Robin Canela

    I used Skipsoft Universal Android Toolkit, it makes it such a breeze.

  • Aravind J Nampoothiry

    TWRP says failed on both adb sideload and install from zip

  • clumsy

    anyone knows how to update the galaxy tab2 10.1 to android 4.4 ?

  • Emilio Villegas

    Why can't we download the factory update after 3 or more days!? What the hell google?

  • Mason

    I'm on Win 8.1 and when extracting the zip file for the razor-KRT16O-from-JSS15R build, I get a "Destination Path To Long" error. Anyone else having this issue and how do I work around this. Obviously I can't skip files. Thanks

  • P-Dub

    Be aware 4.4 kills Flash support dead. Had it working before, I'm tech saavy etc. Did everything I could, even tried a previous Firefox release. FlashFox etc., and it just will not work. Went back to Jelly Bean and alle is klar. If someone gets it working please post.

    • Amy Williams

      I tried flash fox and updating flash and Firefox too but it didn't work some of my games won't play either. How do you go back to jellybean?

  • Ben

    Hey guys.... I'm using GEL and don't have any of the Keyboard-pop-up issues, possibly because I'm using another Keyboard (Swiftkey) ... also I cannot see the Search bar un-centered. All looking perfectly fine. . .

    Cheers,
    Ben

  • Josh Carter

    I rooted and manually updated to KitKat 4.4, but now my Nexus 7 wants to do the OTA upgrade(yes, the update was successful and my build number shows as KRT160).

    does anyone know how to get rid of the OTA update notification or can I just let it "upgrade" without any ill effects? would it still be rooted? will I still have my custom recovery?

    • BDPSU

      Josh, did you HAVE to be rooted to sideload 4.4? I thought you could sideload even if you weren't rooted?

  • Mashá Ponce

    Hello, I unlocked and rooted my nexus7 v1 with wugfresh nexus utility and received the system update on the status bar today, yet when I tried applying the update, it failed. What do I have to do in order to install it?

  • james

    My nexus 7 is telling me that I can update to kit kat, but its rooted and unlocked, so is it OK to accept that invitation and just click install?

  • Jon

    4.4 is utter shiet.

  • wahyu

    I have nexus 7 2012 3g, try to update OTA 4.4. My download is failed, then i retry download but nothing happend. System update screen stuck on retry download (see picture) even if i turn off my nexus and open system update. Can anybody help me? What should i do?

  • blipton

    Where do you install chainSU from with TWRP's recovery menu?

  • p3t3

    Can nexus 7 4.4 be rooted using a mac?

  • drt054

    Just got my Nexus 7 FHD today, system update said waiting until 1/2/14 to update. I went into date/time settings, unchecked the auto date/time, changed date to 1/3/14, then said waiting until 1/6/14 so I then changed to 1/7/14, went back into the system update and after a couple minutes (slow connection) the update started downloading. YAY!!!

  • Jerome Eric G. Velasco

    Does this work on lenovo Ideatab A3000-H?

  • deepak

    Heey dude I've running android version 4.1.1 galaxy siii high copy chinies phone and I want to update android version kitkat 4.4. So please give me idea to change these version.

  • Ranjith kumar

    Hi Iam ranjith how to get installed in htc desire 600 can u pls help me out with this