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Android 4.4.1 update for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 available, doesn't have camera improvements

Android 4.4.1 update for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 available, doesn't have camera improvements
When we first hear about the Android 4.4.1 update, it sounded like the update would be hitting the Nexus 5 first, because all of the changes that were detailed focused specifically on that device's camera. But, it looks like the first update to KitKat is also rolling out to the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 2013 (LTE model only right now), and the manual update packages are available.

As yet, we haven't heard reports of the updates rolling out to the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10. So, we're assuming that there are some bug fixes in the update related to mobile connectivity. We have to assume that because it doesn't look like any of the camera improvements for the Nexus 5 have filtered down to the other Nexus devices. We tested out the camera on a Nexus 4 before and after sideloading the 4.4.1 update, and we didn't see any difference at all. 

In fact, we didn't even see the new progress bar when taking an HDR photo. We can understand if the other fixes aren't coming to other devices, but that was one feature that would have made sense to be on all devices. 

If you want to do the manual update on either a Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 (LTE), you'll need to make sure your device is running Android 4.4 build KRT16S, then just follow the same old instructions

Download: Android 4.4.1 for Nexus 4 or Nexus 7
source: Android Central 

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posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:05

1. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Um couldn't this have been said in the previous article? The title might throw some people off.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:11

2. fay99 (Posts: 46; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


The improvement on nexus 5 camera is not perfect. While the speed is a lot faster, the picture quality is poorer. Would hope Google can improve the speed while maintaining the quality.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 01:13

9. vincelongman (Posts: 639; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Proof???

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 13:30

12. fay99 (Posts: 46; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


All nexus 5 owners can experience the quality difference themselves.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:12 1

3. imkyle (Posts: 948; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I see no positive reason for upgrading from my Nexus 4 to the 5.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:17 4

4. NoFanboy (Posts: 146; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


LTE, camera, screen (res and size), enhanced gaming

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:22 5

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


LTE is better as is the camera, the faster charging is awesome too. The screen and overall performance isn't a big enough jump that you would notice for long. Unless you were comparing side-by-side, which literally no one does except for reviewers.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 01:14

10. giani (Posts: 245; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I still think Htc One is the device to get this year. Had and still have Nexus 4 and I have to say I do like sense 5 better than stock. And it really is disappointing to see Google not being able to provide decent software with the original 4.4. What is worse now that they are releasing 4.4.1 jusy for a camera improvement on a particular model, it will be an even more outcry as to why the other devices ar so far behind and how fragmentation ruins the experience...I think bad bad move.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:22 2

5. xperiance (Posts: 44; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)


What about the transparent notification and navigation for nexus 7 ??? Any chance for that???

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 01:01

8. Augustine (Posts: 441; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Indeed, I installed the new launcher manually, but I'd rather that it'd become managed along with Android itself.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:44

7. jonartpop (Posts: 152; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


Android feels like it's only made for Nexus devices now.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 08:49 2

11. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Because Google issues bug fixes for its own hardware?

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:05

13. apple4never (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 May 2013)


the more an OEM or carrier screws with the software the worse its gonna feel thats why stock is better. Imo google should make android un-alterable by carriers and that but as customizable as it is

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 16:34

14. bon24x7 (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Nexus 7 2012...?? :,(

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