While the majority of Nexus and GPE devices have received their Android 4.4.3 OTAs relatively quickly, the rollout for certain other devices has certainly been... unusual. We still haven't heard anything about the 2013 Nexus 7 LTE, the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, or the Moto G GPE, and until today, the OTA for the 2012 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (I've been waiting for it to post both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+3G links together).

As they say, better late than never, but I'm sure owners of the abovementioned phones and tablets are not thrilled, especially those with Nexus 7s LTE that have received neither factory images nor OTAs. But that's a discussion topic for some other time - right now, we have the 2012 Nexus 7 OTAs to talk about.

If you haven't gotten the OTA notification yet yourself and are itching for a taste of 4.4.3, the manual installation process should do the trick. Just follow the steps in our guide for an earlier update, and you'll be set up with Android 4.4.3 in no time. You don't need root, custom recoveries, or bootloader unlocks to get this done.

What's new: To get a better idea of what's new in Android 4.4.3, hit up this post and check out the updated Dialer.

Nexus 7 Wi-Fi

Note: You have to be on Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) for this OTA to succeed.

Download: signed-nakasi-KTU84L-from-KOT49H.ce921efc.zip

File size: 67.6 MB (70,951,658 bytes)

MD5: 4f9a9f593fc6529f0ab5f4ab53f72b08

Nexus 7 Wi-Fi+3G

Note: You have to be on Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) for this OTA to succeed.

Download: signed-nakasig-KTU84L-from-KOT49H.21863855.zip

File size: 67.9 MB (71,255,999 bytes)

MD5: 5155c3a9c961e8bfe6a0810ea996b2a9


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

    But seriously, what the hell is up with the 2013 LTE N7? I am willing to bet it's Verizon holding everything up thanks to a certification process...

    • Bill Stebbins

      I'm 100% convinced that this is the case. Leave it to Verizon to screw up the ONLY current NEXUS DEVICE on their service

    • hoosiercub88

      If you really want a Nexus 7 on Verizon's LTE network.. and you don't yet have one. It's probably your own fault. An activated Verizon SIM works just fine in one. They "held it up" for their Ellipsis tablet. They're never going to officially release the N7 2013 on their network.

      • Alvin Brinson

        That's not the issue. The issue is that the update is being held up for all of those who DO NOT have Verizon. I have the LTE N7 bought directly from the Play Store, with a T-Mobile SIM. What Verizon want's shouldn't matter more than a hill of beans.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

          The delay in update has nothing to do with Verizon.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

        They already have since February. You can buy Nexus 7s at Verizon corporate stores, or you can bring your own N7 into a Verizon store and they'll activate it for you. And, if you put a Verizon SIM into your N7 LTE, you'll get a system update from KOT49H to KVT49L, which was a radio-specific update to offer "full compatibility with Verizon's network."

    • jonathan3579

      I agree but they should hold it for those that are using a Verizon SIM card in that sort of scenario. (Technically, it shouldn't be held at all because it's a Nexus device but still...)

    • KingofPing

      No doubt. This is pissing me off.

      deb seems to be the red-headed step-child of the Nexus community almost as much as Toro did, and the VZW link is the only real similarity.

      Even dev support for deb is less than flo (No MIUI, many ROMS lacking support).

      Almost wishing I had waited on this purchase and gone with something else...

    • rmkilc

      If it is held up because of Verizon, Google needs to drop Verizon support ASAP. GSM/LTE is an open standard, and shouldn't require Verizon's involvement at all.

    • Blue Sun

      After dealing with this same exact issue on the Xoom LTE on Verizon, I will only buy a Wi-Fi tablet going forward. Waiting something like 11 months for an update that was available for the Wi-Fi version was unacceptable.

      • Crispin Swickard

        That's what tethering is for. :)

    • DrMacinyasha

      I hypothesized as much when @GoogleNexus replied to my inquiry a while ago: https://twitter.com/DrMacinyasha/status/476476317475405824

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      Can't be. I could seem them holding up an update from KVT49L to 4.4.3, but not KOT49H.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      There is not a chance in hell that this has anything to do with Verizon.

      First off, the same update works on Nexus 7 2013 LTE devices that are sold outside the US, which do not have Verizon LTE compatibility.

      Second of all, you can't even build 4.4.3 AOSP for that device as it's not in the build menu and the branch for it has no compatible binaries right now. You could even build AOSP for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus when new versions dropped, even though they were sitting on the update. That alone tells you there's something weird on the hardware side.

      Third, Google can send out updates to everyone except users with certain SIM cards. They used to do this all the time with the Nexus S for Vodafone Australia users. They'd hold that update until Vodafone's approval.

      And last, remember that every single Nexus 7 LTE owner with a Verizon SIM card is on KVT49L, not KOT49H like AT&T, T-Mobile, and everyone else. Because of that, Google could very easily roll out a KOT49H->KTU84L update while holding onto a KVT49L->KTU84L update.

      Until someone at Google or Verizon comes out and says it, I won't believe it. There's something else going on with that particular device.

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

        I'm going to continue disagreeing until we hear otherwise, if we ever hear anything at all. I did reach out to Google PR to clarify, but I doubt they'll respond.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

          That's alright. Disagreements are a fundamental part of life. All good, my friend. :D

  • http://asininetech.com/ staticsafe

    Just checked for an update and it was there o/.

  • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

    The Last Update :'( sad...

    • Drago

      Not necessarily, but probably. We'll have to wait and see, I guess.

      It's well passed the 18 months support window, so we might have been lucky to get Android 4.4.3. If Google updated my 2012 Nexus 7 next week then I'd be really happy and stunned but there's always third party ROM development to turn to, if not.

      • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

        But stock is always better than that ROMs. Yeah, se have to wait and see. I think the next version will arrive in July-August.

        • Simon Belmont

          I'd like to see official stock updates continue on my 2012 N7, too, but they'll end eventually. This update could very well be the last it ever sees. It's ALMOST 24 months old (it was released on July 2012), so we got Android 4.4.3 VERY late in its life cycle. I'd be floored (and really happy) if it got the next big update next week.

          That said, I don't mind extending the life of my devices with custom ROMs. I have a B&N Nook Color from 2010 that's running Android 4.4.3 really well and it was NEVER meant to run stock Android (damn good third party developers).

    • abobobilly

      I am not worried. AOSP will rule the day, and better than the Official updates.

      • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

        And its stable? With câmera working and all?

        • abobobilly

          The 4.4.2 update have been perfectly stable for me. Right now, i am on stock 4.4.2 ROM with MultiROM kernel.

          It definitely takes time for a FnF build to come out, but if you think about it ... it takes more or less the same time it takes for a stock ROM to come out. With the difference being, in AOSP we get updates "continuously", fixing things gradually. We don't feel the same way about Official Builds because they are 'finalized' versions.

          Anyway ... all i am saying is "IF" its the last update for Nexus 7, i am not worried about it because AOSP will still keep my device alive and to latest build. Small bugs and problems don't trouble me that much since its a minor cost i am ready to pay for latest updates.

  • abobobilly

    I spotted the update sign on my Tab like 2 hours ago. I shrugged my shoulders like "MEH" and moved on with my life.

  • Mr.BumScratcher

    I got an update(tilapia) ages ago at randomphantagasmorphia website.

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

      Yes, Tilapia (3G) has been available a while, as I mentioned in the post.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah. They dropped the 3G one a day or two after the others.

        He not only scratches his bum, but he also thinks with it. Heh.

        • Mr.BumScratcher

          You're probably right. :/ Got a pensive bum

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      It always makes me feel good to know that people find my website useful. Rock on!

  • Askaryan

    It aged so badly. Even when pressing the home button in the launcher, it should just jump like 2 pages but lags hard. It waits like 0.2 sec. Feels so off. With 4.1 it was one of the fastest devices. I won't bother with CROMS anymore, I loved it though but Tegra 3 was just not enough I guess.

    • Simon Belmont

      Weird. No problems with lag on mine.

      In fact, the only version of Android that had SLIGHT hesitation on my N7 2012 was Android 4.2. Subsequent versions have been smooth for me, but to each his/her own.

      • Askaryan

        Had many hard resets. I figured that's how it is. I have nothing heavy on it by the way.

        • Simon Belmont

          I guess it's one of those "your mileage may vary" situations. I use my N7 rather heavily.

          Sorry it's not working well for you, man. That stinks.

          • Askaryan

            Well, the mic on the bottom died too, but that was a common problem. Seems like since 4.4 the system doesn't eve use it. I guess google knows about the problem. It worked fine anyway. For that price, it totally worth it.

  • Simon Belmont

    Funny. I checked an hour or two before this article was posted and there was nothing.

    I turned my 2012 N7 on and, BOOM, there it was waiting for me, after seeing this article. Seems to run fine (no issues).

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So where the fuck is some KitKat deb love, huh Google? It's been almost two weeks since the 4.4.3 was released and still nothing, even my N4 and N10 have already got OTAs waiting to be installed!

    • Simon Belmont

      Red headed stepchild? More like deb-headed stepchild, right?

      Seems like it's always getting updated later than usual. It sucks.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        It really weirds me out that an older device receives an update to the latest OS version faster than a newer one does. Even though 4.4.3 might be the last software update officially released by Google for not only grouper (N7 2012) and tilapia (N7 2012 3G) but also for manta (N10), they still got it faster than both flo (N7 2013) and deb (N7 2013 LTE). This is a weird politic a bit because usually the love is given to the newest products first, but 4.4.3 seems to be entirely different story

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah. They seem to be all over the place with the speed of updates, lately.

          The last update to my N7 was pulled and took weeks to show up, if I remember correctly. It's weird.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            I just hope that this delay is only caused by preparations for I/O and all the stuff involved in it, including the android team that seems to be having a LOT stuff to show us this year

          • Simon Belmont

            Totally agree. I'm so anticipating I/O this year.

            They have a big hand to show. Only a week until it gets called.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Oh, right, we're just one week away from the I/O! My god the hype train is accelerating

          • Simon Belmont

            Yes, sir. One week left (as of tomorrow).

            Tomorrow we can hear about an Amazon phone with 11 cameras, or something. Yay, I guess?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      There has to be something funky going on with that device from the hardware side. That's the only logical explanation.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        But what could possibly go so wrong when 4.4, 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 were also released for this model and without such delays (at least I don't recall that), and this is just a point point release

        I seriously doubt it has to do with hardware as N7 2013 has the exact same CPU as N4 and that guy got his 4.4.3 update just a couple of days after the initial Nexus 5 release

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

          Well, I do know one thing. It can't be Verizon that's holding it up. No deb device anywhere in the world has received the update and remember that only the US LTE models actually have VZW LTE compatibility. The ones sold outside North America are sold with compatibility for a completely different set of LTE bands. So whatever the issue is, it's caused Google to not roll 4.4.3 out to any device anywhere.

    • Imparus

      I got it just an hour a go, so it is coming sooner or later :P

  • Alfredo Rodriguez

    Just updated my nexus 7 2012

    • abobobilly

      Did you lose Root (if it was rooted)? Any problems while updating?

      • VAVA Mk2

        I got my update this afternoon. Lost root but easily re-rooted with WugFresh's toolkit in like 5 min. No problem.

        • aghy

          Did the re-root wiped your data? or should I make a back-up?
          My boot loader is unlocked but I lost the root.
          Just click the root button on the toolkit?

      • Alfredo Rodriguez

        I don't root. And it updated without any problems.

  • nexus7ish

    Updated nexus 7 2012 and now wifi signal stays orange (i.e. cannot connect to google services) play store, gmail does not connect, chrome connects fine. All other devices on network are fine. thoughts?

    • abobobilly

      Mostly, changing DNS manually, and/or clearing cache works.

      Also try connecting a VPN and see if it opens up PlayStore and GMail, just to see if they open up.

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

    I suspect the rollout was previously halted - as my Nexus 7 2012 received this OTA today. And almost everyone else I know who has a Nexus 7 received an OTA today too.

    • Simon Belmont

      Same here. A friend of mine actually even messaged me about receiving it today because I'd asked her a few days ago if she'd gotten it.

      I received it today, too. Not sure why the roll out was halted, though, if the factory images were left up on Google's website and never changed.

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

        I've read reports that the update left people with various Nexus devices in a less than optimal state, it's possible something has been tweaked in the update script - error checking or something - factory images IIRC overwrite what is on the device, whereas OTA applies diffs to the existing data on the device - therefore it's possible factory images are fine - they are in a way a bit like starting from scratch, but OTAs have to cope with odd situations that weren't necessarily encountered in the testing phase.

        • Simon Belmont

          Well, I can confirm that my Nexus 5's battery life has gone from consistent to pretty inconsistent since Android 4.4.3 was installed. I cleared the cache and that seemed to help a little, but it's an odd that a bug fixing update that took six months to show up actually made my battery life LESS consistent (it was actually quite good before).

          Yeah, I know how OTA and factory images work, but 99% of the time if there's a problem with something in an update, the factory images would be pulled as soon as possible just to make sure the issue doesn't spread. I'm sure there is a slight chance that maybe the OTA zips were acting weird when being applied, but that shouldn't take two weeks to fix, as it's a matter of just editing a couple lines in an updater script file.

  • Simon Belmont

    "What's new: To get a better idea of what's new in Android 4.4.3, hit up this post and check out the updated Dialer." Haha. :)

    I don't think that updated dialer will apply to the Nexus 7 much. Not at all, actually. ;)

  • Prashant

    Updated my Nexus 7 32 GB Wi Fi Only to latest update in India..Still no support for ART

  • http://www.pagone.com/ KofaSing KoodGarma

    Got the OTA system update message on my happy happy Nexus 7 2013 LTE 4.4.2 KOT49H unlocked and rooted (big thanks to WugFresh!), but am reluctant to install update due to complaints I’ve read. Is it safe?