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Android 4.4 KitKat release date detailed, coming soon to Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10

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Android 4.4 KitKat release date detailed, coming soon to Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10
After drooling over the numerous leaks for weeks, now it is time to finally experience the sweetness of Android 4.4 first hand. At last, Google has announced more specific details regarding the software update's release date. The newly unveiled Google Nexus 5 smartphone will ship with it out of the box, of course. For those who are holding on to a Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or a Nexus 10, their device will be blessed with some KitKat goodness in the coming weeks. The Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are scheduled to get the update around that time as well. 

Note that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn't among the smartphones getting Android 4.4, or at least not officially. As for the smartphones and tablets not offered by Google, it is up to their manufacturers to decide whether and when these devices are to be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. Check out our coverage for more details on the Google Nexus 5, check out our extensive coverage.

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:38 2

1. Gulenkov (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 May 2013)


What? Several weeks??

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:33

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


It's just been announce man give it some time for GOOGLE and others to test out 4.4 I wait paitently for my NEXUS 7

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:38 5

2. DaHarder (Posts: 174; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Really looking forward to see/feel how this new found efficients runs on lesser specced devices... Seems like a rather brilliant move on Google's part.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:50 3

12. DaHarder (Posts: 174; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Hmmm... Can't help but ponder Google taking nearly all components of Android and breaking them down into easily updatable apps readily available in the Play Store like they've done with G-Mail, Play Music, Maps, et. al.

THAT would go a very long way in eliminating all those cries of 'fragmentation, and it does seem like the direction Google's going with Android.

Make It Modular (like the Ara platform ?) FTW.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:16

15. Sharky (Posts: 137; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


Isn't that a bit like what they did with the camera update for the Moto X? No having to deal with carriers releasing the update. I would love that.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:39 1

3. yoavst (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jul 2013)


Why not now?!?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:39 2

4. kalloud (Posts: 120; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


What about the original nexus 7 (2012) ?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:39 4

5. Gulenkov (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Of course it will be updated

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:41 1

6. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Weeks!? oh no...

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:41 1

7. datsyuk (Posts: 177; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Did they release the source yet so developers can have at it for ROMs?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:41 1

8. ryshard84 (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Weeks!?!? Are they keep taking piss from us? I buy nexus for to be up to date not to waiting weeks!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:03

14. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Other flagships will be waiting 3-6months, many will not get it at all.
I can live with weeks.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:41

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That's only if you bought it unlocked... Some carrier branded devices can take 8-9 months to get an update (maybe up to a year on Verizon).

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:42

9. surethom (Posts: 321; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


But will lower end phones/Mini PC's ever get the update??? or just for new phones.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:42

10. DAddYE (Posts: 48; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


Funny, honestly I don't see many improvements in this "release" ... and ... "few weeks" ... just sick.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:43 1

11. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


wtf!!! what abaout my galaxy nexus?!?! If kitkat suport smartphones with 500mb why don´t suport it??

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:44

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Probably because of the chipset, the TI OMAP 4460. Texas Instruments dropped out of the smartphone SoC business, and I guess the support for their OMAP series went with them. It really is a shame, considering OMAP was the platform for Android since the beginning.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:07

20. volcano321 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)


Even then, they should support it for this release. That phone is only 2 generations back. I had one and while it was slow because of the limited ram (a huge chunk always went to system/graphics), it should still be fine. The one area where iPhones are clearly ahead in terms of OS support. Their prices are retarded, but you know you'll get updates for longer than what Google is giving. Surprised they'd drop the ball like that for those owners. Of course, there's always custom roms, but for the non-techie.. never going to do it.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 05:24

21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Google doesn't have the support from the SoC manufacturer, which makes it difficult to update it. I'm sure the Galaxy Nexus would handle 4.4 just fine, especially with the new memory efficiency boosts, but without TI, Google's in a tough spot. Will Verduzco from xda-developers explains it well;

"It is important to keep in mind, however, that this may not be Google's fault. As stated in the article, it's likely that the reason why the GNex won't receive the update is because of the lack of driver binaries for 4.4. In other words, a petition won't do anything since Google can't come up with something that should be made by the hardware manufacturer. And since TI is out of the mobile SoC business, so they have no reason to support an old product."

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:01 1

13. naoenche (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


I hate phonearena untrue titles....
"...release date detailed..."

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:37

19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6743; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Why can't u guys just chill out it's just been announce so they have to do testing for 4.4 i'd rather have them tested then rush out the new updates. I will wait for my NEXUS 7

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 05:34

22. 1701nino (unregistered)


U know what,this just made me angry,i have a nexus 4,and although it will be upgraded to kit kat what aboutfuture updates?If they can't update galaxynexus how does the future look like for nexus 4 customers? I come from ios platform and let me tell you i'm beggining to be sorry that i left ios.

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