The 2013 Nexus 7 LTE, now known as the bastard child of the living Nexus family, has not received any updates in the recent round of Android 4.4.3, and subsequently 4.4.4, releases. All of a sudden just now, the 4.4.3 factory image finally showed up, and we can only speculate how long it'll be before we see 4.4.4. For those who are counting, that's 22 days since the Nexus 4, 5, Wi-Fi 7, and 10 have all had their respective factory images available.



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  • aNYthing6

    Why even put out 4.4.3 with the SSL vulnerability? I don't get it.

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

      Because they probably had to put it through testing (my suspicion with Verizon), so everything is shifted by 3 weeks.

      • aNYthing6

        I get that, but I didn't think Google would put out an update with a serious vulnerability. I mean, Motorola stopped rolling out 4.4.3 to its devices and and is moving straight to 4.4.4 for the Droid lineup instead.

      • Tykin

        Also implies that Verizon's testing doesn't account for shit, amirite?

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

          Well, they're not testing for CVEs, I'm guessing, but rather standard usability QA stuff.

  • Stanley C.

    Im in a week with my 4.4.4 in my N7 flo... LoL

  • Alan

    Don't get me wrong, it's a nexus device, and therefor should have gotten the update sooner, but 22 days late? Less than a month? Many people with non nexus devices would kill for those kinds of update speeds.

    Side note, minor grammar error: "If you are comfortable with flashing factory images, proceed to our guide - you won't lose your data if you follow the directionw." Ditch the W.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

      Already done.

      • Alan

        Much love.

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    • PublicStaticVoidMain

      It's not actually a bad thing. This means that bugs from the early builds could have been polished (a possibility). Also, don't try to be ignorant - you should know how these updates are processed. If not, I suggest you Google for the HTC Android Update diagram. Remember how fortunate Nexus' still are, compared to GPE's (Google Play Edition). I have both the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 (with data). Even though it surprised me that the 2012 version got an update almost a month sooner, I completely understood why.

  • hp420

    What...no 4.4.4?? lol

  • rmkilc

    If the hold up is Verizon, this is ridiculous. This is not CDMA! It's a GSM/LTE device! Does Verizon not understand open standards???

    • Simon Belmont

      Even if they understood, would they care? My feeling is no.

      Look at the Chromebook Pixel LTE, folks? Not a care was given to them either (except from Google).

      • rmkilc

        I blame Google just as much as Verizon. Google needs to put their foot down. If Verizon still doesn't give in, Google needs to stop advertising it as working on Verizon. Even though technically it still will, until Verizon blacklists your IMEI. Most of us are using our LTE Nexus 7s on other carriers anyways.

        • Simon Belmont

          Google sort of did. They haven't given Verizon a Nexus phone since the Galaxy Nexus debacle. I can't blame them one bit. A bastardization of the Nexus program.

          But, you're right from your first comment. You'd think given a GSM standard in LTE, they wouldn't be dicks about it (Verizon), but nope.

          • rmkilc

            It is so ingrained in Verizon. If Verizon was my power utility company, they would insist on testing my refrigerator for 3 weeks before allowing me to plug it into a STANDARD outlet.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. It's one of the major reasons I refuse to use Verizon.

            That and their ridiculous prices, restrictions, and pompously cavalier attitude towards the little guy. You know, their customer.

          • spunker88

            The FCC already tests the radios on every phone sold in the US, that should be enough of a quality check to make sure the phone doesn't bring down Verizon's network.

        • joser116

          Google shouldn't need to put their foot down in the first place.

  • MG

    Hardly suprising, 4.4.x is almost certain to be the last release for the 2012 Nexus7, Why? Well no ART on it currently, and DAVLIK's on it's way out...

    Surprised none of the copy and paste "journalists" have spun the sensational news yet...

    • Simon Belmont

      Possibly. Or they were just concentrating on fine tuning ART on Qualcomm chipsets first, (N4, N5, N7 2013).

      If ART isn't being enabled until Q4 in the L release, then they have several months to work it out. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if Android 4.4.x is the swan song for the N7 2012 (it's had nearly 2 years of updates).

      • rmkilc

        I think they should keep it updated another two years. Why follow when you can lead?

        • Simon Belmont

          Hey. You won't get an argument from me on that (N7 2012 owner here). ;)

          I'd love to see it get updated for a longer period of time. Show those people with iPhone 4 phones on iOS 7.1 (in name only, really, not functionality), that Google can do it, too. :)

          • rmkilc

            Exactly. It's disturbing to think the norm is a two year life cycle. My kids thrash my old 2012 Nexus 7. It has a ton of life left in it. I would like to see it go another two years.

          • Simon Belmont

            I'll do you one step further. I'm still using a 2010 B&N Nook Color (512MB RAM, single-core CPU) running Android 4.4.3, right now.

            It runs great on KitKat (best it's ever run). These devices have a ton of life left in them, and should be supported for as long as their hardware allows.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            But we live in a cruel world where devices get left out and broken on outdated android versiins

      • rxbot

        Confused about why we are talking about 2012 version.

        • Simon Belmont

          I dunno why. He said it, I replied.

          I happen to own a Nexus 7 2012, so I thought I'd say something. Haha.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      This is the 2013 model that waited over 3 weeks, the '12 one got it three weeks ago...
      Not sure what isn't surprising about the LTE '13 not getting the update other than it works on Verizon and they fuck everything up.

  • Konstigt2

    If you like your device snappy, don't install it. 4.4.3/4.4.4 sucks on my N5, even after flashing factory image including wipe of userdata. After 4.4.3 OTA I got the problem, after 4.4.4 flash+wipe, the problem was gone for 2 days. Now it's back..

    Laggy as hell! But maybe it works better on N7..

    • Pootis Man

      Try wiping the cache partition in recovery mode on your Nexus 5.

      • Konstigt2

        Just followed this guide, http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-9578 to get that done.

        Thanks for the tip, hope it works..

        • Pootis Man

          Hope it works. Another suggestion would be to uninstall any applications that you don't use often. I did that on my Nexus 5 and it cleared up some problems I had on my phone.

    • Simon Belmont

      It's still snappy on my N5. It's just that since Android 4.4.3, my battery life has gotten super inconsistent.

      I tried a cache wipe and that doesn't seemed to have helped, unfortunately. Android 4.4.4 might have helped a little, but it still seems "off" from what it was on Android 4.4 - 4.4.2.

      • Serge Cebrian

        inconsistend battery life here too..
        i will have to try the developer beta ñamñamñam

    • Stanley C.

      Dirty flashed 4.4.4 image rooted from 4.4.3 and 4.4.2 in my N7 flo.

      Running all smooth here with xposed, GNL and so on :-)

  • Simon Belmont

    Ha. In before the N7 LTE users start saying "WHAT ABOUT ANDROID 4.4.4?"

    But, seriously, they have every right to do so. This lag in getting the updates is troubling.

  • http://www.davinp.com/ Davin Peterson

    My Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi hasn't gotten 4.4.4 yet. I manually installed 4.4.3 two weekends ago.

    • http://www.innews.dk/ Erroneus

      Just because your Tablet hasn't received it, doesn't mean it's not out. Image was out straight away and 4.4.4 OTA almost instantly.

    • lad

      Got the OTA yesterday, Hang in there.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    And there is still no 4.4.4 available, meaning N7 LTE is still behind the rest of the pack

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

    The sheer amount of Verizon hatred on this thread is going to make my head explode. People, there is roughly an ice cube's chance in hell that these odd update delays have anything to do with Verizon. Please read here and let's all let the truth get in the way of a good story for once.


    • godutch

      I still think Verizon is to blame. I think after the update we will see a single branch for verizon and non-verizon n7 lte (in stead of 2 separate branches we see now)

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    the delay is most probably due to the radio image from qualcomm.....

    • godutch

      I believe the n4 uses the same soc

  • Matt McNair

    And their link is broken.

  • Huton Gergö

    on my N4 i got today the 4.4.4 update :)

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  • gladgura

    I don't know about anyone else but I had extreme battery drain since updating my Nexus 5 to 4.4.3 (before anyone replies with "this article is not about the N5" yes I know it's not an Nexus 7) then came 4.4.4 and everything seems back to normal.

  • Marcis Buhholcs

    What about OTA? Has anyone seen 4.4.3 OTA for LTE Nexus 7?

    • Marcis Buhholcs

      My LTE Nexus 7 finally got an OTA this morning. File size was 77.5MB and it updates to 4.4.3 build KTU84L