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Google only started the Android 4.4.1 update last week, but it looks like a new hotfix is already good to go, as 4.4.2 showed up for Nexus devices in the last hour. So far, we've seen it on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and the Nexus 7, but it's probably safe to say the Nexus 10 is not going to be far behind. Update: Nexus 10 confirmed too.

What's New?

As the update is very new, the only changelog information we have at this point comes courtesy of Sprint, which let out the news first earlier today:

Enhancements/Fixes

- Fix for clearing the VM Indicator

- Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator

- Various additional software fixes

- Security enhancements

Update #1: App Ops no longer works (Settings crashes), at least using the recently discovered method. Hopefully, we can still get to it, but we'll have to wait for Color Tiger and other developers to figure this out. In the meantime, I reached out to Color Tiger for their comment. (Thanks, Michael Peters!)

Update #2: Color Tiger got back to me and said the following:

Still not working, but here's a quick update:

See line 309 - those are the allowed fragments that can be shown. AppOps was in that commit 3 days ago (line 329), but in the 4.2.2 build that's being sent out that line is removed (we've decompiled the Settings.apk). 

We're looking for a possible different entry point (another Activity to accept commands to load the AppOpsSummary fragment), but it doesn't look good.

Update #3: According to JR Raphael, 4.4.2 also fixes the SMS DoS bug.

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Download

As the OTA has just begun, we don't have all the links for manual flashing just yet. I'll keep this post updated as they roll in. If you're not familiar with the manual installation process, proceed to this guide for an earlier update.

Update: All OTA zip links have been discovered and can be found below. The list is pretty much complete (the 2012 Nexus 7 never got 4.4.1, so only 4.4 -> 4.4.2 links are provided).

Nexus 4

Nexus 5

2012 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi

2012 Nexus 7 3G

2013 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi

2013 Nexus 7 LTE

Nexus 10

Thanks, Norbert Copones, tehone, Mateusz Cichon, Markus Birth, M1lkm4n, Niccolò Marchi, TheManii!

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.

  • Timo Kuerten

    Finally, transparent nav bar and notification bar on the lock screen... Hints that GEL is coming to more Nexi?

  • prashanth

    this update is of no shit use.. now my mx player has stopped working after updating to this version.. and no major changes has come in ..

  • Tristan

    Known bug on calls appeared with android 4.4.2. Now my gf cant barely hear me.

  • joe_the_aviator

    Woke up to a 4.4.2 update today morning! Camera performance in terms of shutter lag has improved considerably...also the speaker volume's perceptibly louder... However, niether the dropdown menu nor the power control widget has the screen rotation etc shortcuts...li'l issues but still irritating! Battery performance has had no effect it seems...

  • naney

    Why google always allows us to update only via wifi within 2days? Why couldn't they allow to update via 3G or 4G???

  • RED DEVIL FOR LIFE

    Got 4.4.2 on my nexus 5 yesterday, camera performance has improved, speaker's volume is noticeably louder but none of my video players seem to work, so can anyone suggest which video player should i use???

  • jagdeep barak

    Can I update my nexus 5 over 3G

  • Balajee Ks

    For hose who are facing update issues like, "/system/bin/debuggerd" has unexpected contents when updating to android 4.4.2, the problem is the root access according to me. So, flash the "current version" update zip to your android device first and then flash the latest update zip. (For eg. If your device is running android 4.4.1 KOT49E, then flash that zip (KOT49E) and then flash 4.4.2 zip(KOT49H)). I received the OTA update on my nexus 10 but it failed to update and then I tried to flash the zip given here and again it failed giving me the above error. Now I am on 4.4.2 following the above steps.

  • apuk101

    Android's becoming a joke - every update breaks something or apps stop working. I had a 2013 Nexus 7 which had serious touch screen problems straight out of the box - I returned it after less than 24 hours and bought a 2012 model to replace it just over a week ago and it was prefect, but this latest update (KOT49H) has now introduced touch screen problems to it!! So it's going back and I'll probably either do without a tablet, or if I can get a Windows 8 one may do that. I'm finished with Android though.

    Android was good and had lots of promise, but it's so unreliable and inconsistent now that I can't be bothered with it anymore. My work have also cancelled a big order for a few hundred Android tablets and handsets because of it's instability. I think they may go with Apple (yuck!).

    Shame.

  • Руслан Щербина

    My Nexus 10 freezes and reboots after 4.4.2 update. Nice job, Google. I wish i've bought a windows 8 device instead of this peace of crap.

  • The Depechist

    What the hell. Trying to load Nexus 7 Wi-Fi 4.4 -> 4.4.2 through adb sideload in TWRP bootloader and it returns an error "This package is for "flo" devides, this is "deb"". My Nexus 7 ain't DEB, it's 100% FLO. How can i flash it?

  • aquaticus

    can i install KOT49H on a Galaxy tab 3 SM T211?

  • Heal Bot

    My notifications don't work and they make no sound. I checked it in settings and it's grayed out.. . So I have no idea what the issue is this time.

  • Kyle Simard

    Hey so I have nexus 7 2013 wifi with no usb ability. I charge using a wireless qi charger. Needless to say along with a beat up nexus I have the misfortune of OTA failure due to unexpected contents in youtube.apk. so no ota and no adb. What do I do?

  • Abe

    does the 4.4.2 system update take a very long time? Its been 4 hours and it seems like its still updating. All i see is black with google written in the center.

  • Meloncholy

    Hey everyone,

    Sorry about the n00b question, but I have my Nexus 4 on 4.4 with TWRP and the franco kernel. Could I update from 4.4 to 4.4.2 (using the zip here) without reverting to stock kernel and recovery? I can't afford to mess this up. :|

    Thank you in advance. :)