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Jul
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Owners of the LTE variant of the Nexus 7 2013 have kind of been left out in the cold when it comes to the latest Android updates. While most of the other current Nexus devices (including the WiFi version of the same tablet) are running Android 4.4.4, a lot of N7 LTE users are still back on 4.4.2. Those who know their way around a bootloader can install the factory image for 4.4.3, but until now there was no standard over-the-air update.

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Bill Stebbins is clearly rooted, but the download is genuine.

It looks like the OTA update may finally be going out - we've seen at least one user who's been given the alert. You can download the KTU84L file and flash it manually if you're tired of waiting. There's no need to be rooted or have an unlocked bootloader, just follow this handy guide, substituting your files and hardware. Or you could just wait for the 4.4.4 update... but you may be waiting a while.

Download (for most users:) cac1a204d3770a20fdce28f6ed3418fdd36abd5d.signed-razorg-KTU84L-from-KOT49H.cac1a204.zip

File Size: 77.5MB

MD5: 34ADC31C6647DE18547C405133072381

Download (for users with Verizon SIMs): f0c2187ff1dba772cff3fa7f99f0e6bd38ecb62b.signed-razorg-KTU84L-from-KVT49L.f0c2187f.zip

File Size: 54.6MB

MD5: 663B29478D60BABB2F0CBB6FC506F111

Thanks, Bill Stebbins!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Peter

    This OTA is only for those with Verizon KVT49L build.

    • ReyMaxwin

      Interesting how we are now merging to the same build. I have a non Verizon model and have been upgraded to KTU84L. Why is it that everything that touches Verizon gets chocked to death before reaching users.

      I'm kinda pissed at how I payed more for my more premium LTE tablet and yet can't get the Android L preview or timely updates like my WiFi brethren.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Right you are. We've tracked down both OTA files and posted them - thanks for the correction.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    well, at least now there is an OTA available. Now for 4.4.4

  • Daniel Söderström
  • abobobilly

    Nexus 7 LTE users may jump off of a bridge pretty soon, seeing they are being treated like a bastard child. (no offense)

    • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

      And to think they paid more for the device. Sometime in the next decade we'll get factory images for Android L.

      Yes, I'm bitter.

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

      Not really. I'm fine with 4.4.3 on my N7 LTE. There are no features in 4.4.4 that make it seem like 4.4.3 is so primitive. Jesus. It's a 0.0.1 version increment. One security update. That's it. No bridge jumping here. This basically sums up my feelings on being 0.0.1 versions behind the current Android release. http://www.reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/give_a_fuck.gif

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

      Not really. I'm fine with 4.4.3 on my N7 LTE. There are no features in 4.4.4 that make it seem like 4.4.3 is so primitive. It's just a 0.0.1 version increment. One security update. That's it. No bridge jumping here. This basically sums up my feelings on being 0.0.1 versions behind the current Android release.

      • abobobilly

        Actually i am more interested in the Android "L" release on LTE. That, and the fact that N7 LTE is REALLY not being treated as a "Nexus" device.

    • Jason B

      It probably did take longer because there was a slight version difference between the Verizon SIM'd N7s and global N7s. So, now that they're both homogenized, we'll only see one OTA update going forward.

      • abobobilly

        How come you guys are so cool by not getting the "L" release :S

        • Jason B

          Eh, Qualcomm, basically. They're secretive about their radio binaries. REALLY secretive.

          You can flash the Wifi version's L release, but it defeats the purpose of having a tablet with mobile data capability.

          • abobobilly

            Yes, Exactly. Which brings us back to the original cry. Its really no fun having a "nexus" device and then not getting the updates as other Nexus devices are getting.

  • Juan Carrasquillo

    I received the t-mobile ota 2 days ago. In the middle of the night actually. Does anyone know why it took so long?

    • rmkilc

      It's not a T-Mobile OTA.

  • http://www.thomasegger.at Thomas Egger

    I got it here in Austria.

  • Cristi

    Got it last night Romania

  • coolsilver

    I did the factory image no wipe option. I got the OTA but failed because the build.prop didn't match. Listed from Asus and not google string etc. Not sure how that happened but didn't want to risk issues so all good. Now maybe 4.4.4 will come out before L is released... hah!

  • Cash cash

    Still waiting for Android L on my nexus 5 this is a f*#%#&# joke WHERE IS IT GOOGLE!

    • jonathan3579

      This joke has long been played out. 😕

  • Fernando Asencio

    Almost every nexus device now is in 4.4.4, yet n7 lte now getting 4.4.3.
    This kind of inconsistent treatment it is part of what makes people jump from android to ios.
    And this is how they want to implement android L and have more control over the OS updates, and they can't even do it right on their own approved devices?

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

    Obligatory comment before all the bile comes flying in. No, Verizon is not the reason that there's no 4.4.4 update yet. Verizon is not holding up an OTA update for every single Nexus 7 device anywhere in the world. Please don't perpetuate baseless absurdity. The more you know.

  • Andre Guedes

    Got it tuesday morning here in Portugal..

    Btw, my Nexus 5 got worst with the 4.4.4 update :/
    A lot of data drop outs. And, ironically, when data is enabled it consumes it like crazy. 50MB for the Play Store in 2 days, given that I have updates on wifi only -.-

  • Cory S

    My N7 LTE has been prompting me to download it for at least two weeks. Haven't had time to in Franco it yet though.

  • tintin.92

    I really wonder, why does the LTE version require this much time? Does the Android update even have anything to do with the LTE component of the device?