Google pushed out Android 4.4.1 last week with the build number KOT49E. We spotted the OTA files for all the Nexus devices shortly thereafter and all was well with the world. Well, until today. Sprint has just posted on its support forums and update page that Nexus 5 users can expect an update on their devices today with build number KOT49H – that's slightly newer than the build we got last week.

2013-12-09 14_53_35-Sprint Community_ 12_09 - Google Nexus 5 Software Update - KOT49H

Android build numbers can tell you about when a version of the software was finalized. In this case, both versions would have been completed on the 49th day of the quarter, but the letter tells you what order builds that day came in. The 'H' build would have been after 'E,' so it's technically a little newer. Interestingly, the changelog doesn't make mention of the camera update that was the headliner of the KOT49E build. It does refer to voice mail, which could be Sprint-specific.

This is the first we've heard about this new build number, and it's possible Sprint is just mistaken. However, maybe Google found something amiss and grabbed a newer build to push out. We've reached out to Sprint and will update if we hear back.

Update: Sprint's community moderator has told us that KOT49E was pulled:

The KOT49E was found to have an issue, hence it was pulled out and the latest version KOT49H is being rolled out.

This is by no means an open and shut case. We're still looking around for more confirmation and details.

Update 2: It's Android 4.4.2 and it's coming to all Nexus devices. So the last build wasn't really pulled, it's just being updated.

[Sprint Forums, Sprint Updates]

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  • Bluewall

    And given a trusted source just told us 4.4.2 was KOT49G, we're lost here.

    • Alex James Simon

      I just got 4.4.2 on my Nexus 7 (2013) Wifi 32gb pushed to my device

    • selonmoi

      G+ is suddenly overflowing with 4.2.2 screenshots showing that it's KOT49H.

    • h4m

      Nexus 4 with 4.4.2 KOT49H here

  • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

    Typo in build number in post: "the headliner of the FOT49E build."

  • Testraindrop

    Quick Q: there is a different N5 for sprint? o.O

    Fail if so.

    • Hidi

      Quick A: No

      • Testraindrop

        Thought so, so how does sprint get a "special" FW?

        (IF they actually know what they are doing and its not only a typo)

        • Simon Belmont

          Perhaps because they're the only one making use of the CDMA radio. It seems awfully strange, though. I still wonder if it's just a typo. Who knows, but I guess we'll find out.

          EDIT: I guess KOT49E has been pulled. KOT49H is the fix for whatever error it was causing. I'm sure AP will get to the bottom of it.

      • JiGSaW525

        KOT49H released today AKA 4.4.2

        • richie97

          It's not Sprint specific.

          • JiGSaW525

            Never said it was Sprint specific.

  • http://profiles.google.com/geoffreyzub Geoffrey S. Zub

    The new radio in FOT49E seemed to reduce the ability to get LTE signal quite a bit and many have reverted back to the older one, perhaps its for a new radio...

    • Simon Belmont

      Do you have a link to back that up? I haven't seen anything about that.

      Also, not sure why they put "FOT49E" in the bottom part of the article. It's KOT49E.

    • Simon Belmont

      Figured this deserved a separate response. It seems like you were right about the signal problems after the radio update in Android 4.4.1 (and Android 4.4.2, since there was no additional radio update).

      See: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2558127 . It seems to affect any carrier. Not just Sprint. What a shame. Hope this one gets fixed fast in Android 4.4.3.

  • jesse

    I still haven't' gotten 4.4.1. What's the deal?

    • dan

      Me too

      • Simon Belmont

        You replied to yourself? Not only that, but you agreed with yourself?

        Good job. I guess?

      • nexuslover


  • Jays2Kings

    Looks like it's not an error

  • Josh P.

    Face palm Google, face palm.

  • Guest

    You mean FOT49E, not KOT49E :)

  • sam

    Guys, I just got a new system update ( 4.4.2 )

    It says that it has camera improvements & bug fixes & performance improvements

    • Tomáš Petrík

      The camera improvements were already included in 4.4.1, this is just a bugfix update.

  • new guy

    Well my friend just sent me a screenshot of his Nexus 5 and it shows 4.4.2.

  • a671

    I just updated my nexus 7 2013 flo to 4.4.1 than a new update shows up : 4.4.2 (KOT49H)
    Finally the transparent navbar/statusbar on lockscreen si here !!

    • spo8

      Same on my Nexus 4! But the black bars are back as soon as I unlock it. Hmm, I was hoping transparent nav/status bar would be everywhere like it is with the Nexus 5.

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        Know how to install a simple apk?
        Heard of the GEL apk?

        • spo8

          I have, I just figured they'd bring the transparent bars at the same time as the GEL so there wasn't this weird mismatch. I was disappointed to find out they didn't.

          • geeq

            as far as i understood before, apps can and have to request the transparancey :)

  • Brad

    I sideloaded my 4.4.1, I guess I'll keep my eyes peeled for this...

  • Chad D

    Just got it from System Update. Its small 1.7MB.

  • polesmoker99

    My Nexus 5 just got prompted to update to 4.4.2

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


  • Stefano Picciolo
  • Anthony B

    Just got the OTA update to 4.4.2 on my N5 - build KOT49H indeed

  • Wombat Face Killer

    Just got ota 4.4.2 KOT49H on my nexus 4

  • Andras Juhasz

    Nexus 4, waiting for the battery

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      Man if THAT is a N4, something is off, w.r.t. the spacing between the NavBar buttons, and w.r.t. the size of the notification bar.

      • Andras Juhasz

        Of course, custom DPI settings on 280 to have more content on the screen.

  • Дмитрий Сапон

    just got 4.4.2 on Nexus 10

  • Josh P.
  • Lasse
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
  • Tony Byatt

    I got tired of waiting for the 4.4.1 update on my Nexus 5 so I sideloaded it and once it finished the 4.4.2 update popped up immediately. Installing now.....

  • Carlos David

    I received the update in Ecuador to my Nexus 4 4.4.1, rooted, using Semaphore kernel, Xposed, Gravity Box and TWPR. The file size was 1.8MB and reboot in TWPR and flashed without issues ... after reboot all was keeped, the kernel, the su binaries, xposed, all was keeped .... I had to reinstall Xposed only because Gravity Box module can't resize the nav bar.

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

      I thought Google took away the transparent lockscreen and Nova suddenly wouldn't show transparent homescreen too after the 4.4.2 OTA! I had to uninstall Xposed to get the transparency back.. Weird, as it was working fine on 4.4.1.

  • jonathan3579

    This was probably because of the shitty radio (especially for Sprint users) in 4.4.1

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Received 4.4.2 OTA on my Nexus 7 2012 WiFi a few minutes ago, wasn't expecting that!

  • O’s Fan91

    Just updated my Nexus 5 to 4.4.2, speaker is much better, haven't really tried the camera. I feel like vibrations might be stronger as well.

    • WA

      I agree vibrations seem stronger on mine too. I kinda liked how it was before but no big deal. I just updated mine so haven't tested anything else yet. I also have an issue with inline mic volume being too low and I believe this update has the fix, will test later.

  • [A]dri[A]n

    What's going on? What's with all the carriers releasing timely updates? Something is happening Haha

    • Nightfall

      Nothing to do with carriers. The update is straight from Google.

      • [A]dri[A]n

        Doesn't Sprint still have to approve it, since it's a Sprint device?

        • Nightfall

          Not this time. This is the same Nexus as the one on the play store.

  • usaff22

    Welcome to Google(mod) nightlies.

  • asim maredia

    I have nexus 5 ordered from plaay store, im in canada and still not recieved 4.4.1 whats wrong? Just me or many ppl didnt recieve this uodate? Plz reply asap!

  • Rahul Patil

    What if I miss 4.4.1 and directly got 4.4.2 updates?
    I got 4.4.2 on N5 (not updated yet). I don't know whether it will skip 4.4.1 camera and other
    improvements and directly install 4.4.2 bug fixes.
    Please help..

    • just_another_dev

      It won't skip anything. Updates don't really work like that.

      • n00b

        can you tell me how it works?
        So like wise you are saying, those who are getting 4.4.2 updates, includes 4.4.1+4.4.2? right?

  • n00b

    What if I miss 4.4.1 and directly got 4.4.2 updates?
    I got 4.4.2 on N5 (not updated yet). I don't know whether it will skip 4.4.1 camera and other
    improvements and directly install 4.4.2 bug fixes.
    Please help..

  • jim thompson

    I Got a replacement Nexus 5 today, 1/9/14. When I set it up, it downloaded the 4.4.2 update.
    It rings in call with Wi-Fi connected.

  • Nedjo

    I've still had the issue with a persistant voicemail notification, received a new device and worked with both Sprint and Google to troubleshoot the device with both pointing the finger at each other. Is there an update to this release not fixing any of the listed changes?