Google pushes out Android 4.4.4 to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10
Usually, the Nexus devices are the first to receive the latest Android build, followed by the Google Play edition devices. The latter are stock Android versions of certain handsets. Without the usual skins and bloatware, these variants receive Android updates well ahead of the regular models stuffed with the manufacturer's software.
Don't expect any big changes. The update reportedly is nothing more than a security fix.
source: Google via Phandroid
1. joey_sfb (Posts: 4081; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Nexus advantage! If Google support microSD I would have bought every nexus phone.
Cheap and good!
5. tatail (Posts: 232; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Had Nexus One, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4.. best of them all Nexus One.. Man having MicroSD is such a blessing..
6. Planterz (Posts: 1484; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Google's position on microSD expansion is that it's less secure, and I can understand that, even if I personally don't agree with it (most people want storage for media, or large games). At the least, they should offer more storage than 16 or 32 GB on Nexus devices.
2. somad (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)
I have note 3 with Verizon that means I will never see 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 and thanks to Verizon. I got kitkat after like almost 5 months. Google that's not fair. !!!
4. Planterz (Posts: 1484; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
That ain't Google's fault. Google puts out the updates, Samsung adapts them to their phones (some of them), and then Verizon has to approve those updates and make their own changes/additions. After all, EVERYBODY NEEDS NFL MOBILE, right?
7. Canaan (Posts: 169; Member since: 25 May 2014)
They probably do it in part to force people to get new phones that have the latest software?
10. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Yes, they do whatever makes them the most money without exposing themselves to excess liabilities.
There is absolutely no market pressure on Verizon to update their phones except when there is a major security bug.
12. Planterz (Posts: 1484; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Certainly they do.
When it comes to updates, you're at the mercy of the most immediate facilitator. With a Nexus, you get it immediately. A GPE device is either immediate or shortly after, because it has to go through the manufacturer. For unlocked devices, it has to go through the manufacturer, and since it has to work with their own software, that takes a while. If your phone was purchased through a carrier, the carrier has to analyze and approve the update (and probably add more crapware) before releasing their own update.
Flagships will usually get somewhat timely updates. But the other devices? Ones that are 6-12 months old? Less likely. Extremely unlikely if a newer version is available. Providers don't give a rat's backside if a 2 year old phone gets updated to KitKat, which could greatly benefit a older device, because all they care about is making money on new phones. The Note 2 was pretty cool. So was the S4. But they can suck it, because the Note 3 has been around a while, and so has the S5.
19. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
Of course it's Googles fault. Everything that Android is, is Google's fault. Of course it allows many advantages, but there are also disadvantages.
18. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1849; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
I'm not sure how this works in America, but if you put a different rom on it (not necessarily a custom rom, just a non Verizon stock rom). Will it keep working on Verizon?
20. Sniggly (Posts: 7250; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You have to make sure that it's a ROM for the specific model, because there's specific software that has to be included for the phone's radio to work with the network.
23. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3336; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
If getting all the minor updates is so important to you, then root your phone or get a Nexus. The fact is that the most people don't care about these updates because in most cases, you would never even notice the differences.
3. Canaan (Posts: 169; Member since: 25 May 2014)
I'm surprised the Nexus 4 is still getting the update considering the 18 month update range has passed. I wonder if they reconsidered these updates on it because Apple called them out on android's latest updates only being on 9% of their devices?
9. Planterz (Posts: 1484; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Apple calling out Google is absurd, since devoce updates are the perogative of the manufacturers and providers.
The Nexus 4 still gets the updates because there's no reason for it not to. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus can't get these updates because the TI-OMAP processor won't work with anything beyond 4.3.
14. Canaan (Posts: 169; Member since: 25 May 2014)
I see, well I hope the Nexus 4 gets the next major update (4.5/5.0); with 2GB of RAM there's no reason for it not to get it especially now that it seems there will be no Nexus 6.
21. vincelongman (Posts: 2478; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Its not Google's fault the OEMs/carriers decide not to push updates
Well when you compare Apple devices with only Google Nexus devices, Google leads Apple in % of devices with the latest update
8. Nshopov (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
When can I finally use my POWER ON/OFF button on my Xperia Z1? How many updates should I go through? 4.3 was fine, but ever since I put 4.4 there's been so many problems - camera issues, buttons doesn't work properly...
15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3681; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Oh boy, everyday i come across such horror stories from xperia owners. Thats why Sony software sucks, its done now, I will never get an xperia. Mate, I feel you there.
16. vuyonc (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
My Z1 works fine though it was a little better off with 4.3
22. anleoflippy (Posts: 446; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
Meh...4.4 works just fine as 4.3 on my ZL.
13. Sniggly (Posts: 7250; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I really can't wait for next week. Here's hoping for Android 5.0!
17. techspace (Posts: 828; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
lol....so many people were waiting for android 4.4.3 and nobody cares about 4.4.4
i can't wait for 5.0, i hope that its released at the end of this month.