A brand new OTA began rolling out to the 2013 Nexus 7 LTE just two days ago, and today those changes finally appeared in AOSP. As is the tradition, Al Sutton built a list of changes and posted them to his site. Every bug fix and tweak from KOT49H (4.4.2_r1) to KVT49L (4.4.2_r2) is included. There isn't a lot to look at, but if you're interested in what's new, you can find the developer changelog here.


The changes appear within just three groups: kernel, Calendar, and LatinIME. The latter is actually the name for the AOSP software keyboard, which also happens to make up almost the entire changelog. The changes aren't particularly interesting, mostly tweaks to naming, themes, and minor bug fixes.

There is one small exception in commit 87cd391. It has the comment, "handleBackspace should always send KEYCODE_DEL for InputType.TYPE_NULL," which stands out to us because it appears to be the fix for a potential Bug Watch candidate. This should save a little bit of grief for a few developers that were running up against this issue.

Since these changes don't appear to be very urgent, it's hard to explain why this update rolled out. Still, we're always happy to see fixes!

Thanks, Al Sutton!

Source: FunkyAndroid

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    cool to see bug fixes but why not OK, maybe it's because it looks ridiculous

    • thartist

      Actually why not 4.4.3? That's what the 3rd number is supposed to do! Use it!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

        ^^^^^ x 1000

        I have been saying this for ages. I hate that so many versions are only really named by build number. It makes them absolutely infuriating to discuss.

        • ewd

          Google has some very weird policies with the names of their software releases. Hell some of their apps have a date as the version number !!

        • Evan Anderson

          If there isn't a big enough change to warrant a version number change then a build number change is just fine. In addition, this build is only rolling out to the 4G Nexus 7 so no need to bump the version.

          • Braden Abbott

            4.3.1 was ONLY for the N7 LTE and only came with small tweaks so that argument is invalid.

      • CoreRooted

        Actually, the third number is supposed to be the revision number and the 4th number is the build number. Google seems to be dropping the build number (or refactoring it's use for their own purposes).

        Obviously it is up to the developing company to decide what versioning scheme they want to standardize on. I'm kind of surprised that Google picked an odd way of denoting versions.

    • CoreRooted

      Aside from being one of Google's public DNS server's IP address? LOL ;)

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        that's a good one! I didn't even catch that.

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    It probably wasn't rolled out for the AOSP changes, but some driver change on the N7 went out with the current state of AOSP, so they had to make that release public.

  • Peter

    that backspace bug drives me mad on the N5.

    i often see the bug when using search boxes on web sites.

    • paulertion

      Me too, hope that it arrives to my n5 too

    • thartist

      Is it when you suddenly can't delete text? Drives me mad too, but I'm using it in JB 4.1

      • Peter

        yep, text won't delete. sometimes moving the cursor to a different position helps, but not always.

    • codemonkey85

      If you ask me, that bufix alone is worth an OTA. Glad to see it!

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    • Fry

      Especially on disqus

  • cabbiebot

    Waiting patiently for google to update the Nexus5 so sprint users can use Spark.

    • Kebb

      Just call sprint and ask for your MSL you can enable the other two LTE bands

      • geust

        It needs an OTA update to properly work

        • cabbiebot

          That was my understanding as well. I've already got my MSL and enabled those bands.

  • Varun

    Flo is the name of the wifi version and deb is of the sim variant and the kernel changes are in the flo

    • Peter

      i noticed that too. my deb did get an updated kernel though.

      • Varun

        I have flo but I too haven't got it. I m from India so late updates over here.

  • BTUnhappy

    Waiting for the bluetooth fix to come for the Nexus 4 so I can actually make a hands free call in the car without having to disable wifi every time.

    • joracar

      The bluetooth issues have been absolutely infuriating. Fingers crossed it gets fixed in the next update.

      • Tomex

        Exactly, i hope it comes fastly

  • Kevin Kraft

    "Since these changes don't appear to be very urgent, it's hard to explain why this update rolled out."

    this is the build number of the version shipped on the Verizon LTE model

  • Obama

    Why is it that this gets a release note, when (according to the gerrit) tons of patches are merged every Day?

    Can someone please educate me on the difference between these two things?

    • Dan Gerbe

      Because this is a release. A release is basically a culmination of the merges up until a certain point.

  • kamiller42

    I hope this update includes support for Sprint Spark for the Nexus 5. Nexus 5 is the only tri-band phone without Spark support. Waiting on Google. x-(

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Have they still not fixed the status bar icon locations? The "Silent" and "Vibro" mode icons are too far from the battery/signal strength icons

  • someone755

    No worries, we have SwiftKey :3

  • Smit Sanghavi

    Can ANYBODY tell me what is the difference between Google Keyboard and AOSP Keyboard?

    Google updates both of them (like AOSP over here) and hence I don't know which one is the latest and more on features.

    • guides

      Aosp keyboard is open sourced

      Google keyboard isnt.

      • Smit Sanghavi

        Google updates both of them and hence it does not make sense.

        Hasn't it stopped working on AOSP code of the apps after putting them on Play Store (Music, TTS etc etc)?

  • Kit Tihonovich

    Ah good. I have an EditText with a max character filter and once the maximum is reached...input couldn't be deleted. Nice. Wondered what the hell was up.