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Nexus 4 KitKat updates now available for download (and sideload)

Nexus 4 KitKat updates now available for download (and sideload)
As we just recently learned from Google engineer Dan Morrill, there is no way to speed up how quickly your device moves through the rollout process in order to get a new over-the-air (OTA) system update. There are only two real options: either wait patiently for the update to hit your device; or, download the update package and manually sideload it. If you have a Nexus 4, and want to get Android 4.4 KitKat, the choice is yours.

The rollout of KitKat to the Nexus 4 began yesterday, which means (according to Mr. Morrill) that only about 1% of users will have seen the update make it to their devices so far. The rest of you could be waiting up to one to two weeks to get the update. Or, there is option #2 which is now available because Google has posted the manual update packages for download (and sideload). 

There are two different update packages available. One is for if your Nexus 4 is still running Android 4.3 (build JWR66Y), and one for those of you who got the initial update to KitKat (build KRT16O), but not the bug fix update. Both updates will bring you up to the newest KitKat build for the Nexus 4 (KRT16S). The download links are below, and you can follow the same instructions we laid out for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 manual updates.

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posted on 21 Nov 2013, 16:43 1

1. apple4never (Posts: 925; Member since: 08 May 2013)


my n7 fhd just got the 4.4 ota finally !!!

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:02 2

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


I think he is not right as i clear google freamework 3 times and update message comes up and now im running kitkat in my Nexus 4 with GEL and i love it !

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:05

5. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


What do u mean by cleating Google framework? hmm I wanna see proof that u didn't side load it

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:15

7. Shatter (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Application Manager -> Google framework -> clear cache.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:19

8. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


is it called Google services framework? and there's an option to clear data or clear cache.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:06

6. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


did u just keep clearing the data for framework?

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:03 1

4. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


wish I had the update. its sad that the update has been out for weeks and I haven't gotten it yet.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 18:22

9. iParkos (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


You've been able to install official 4.4 for a week now.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 18:46

10. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


hey my update finally popped up ota but it says I need WiFi but I want to download it over my cellular signal. is it possible?

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 18:55

11. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Finally my N4 got kitkated :)

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 19:27

12. Gulenkov (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Got it this night, gonna to install as soon as I get home.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 20:19

13. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Side loaded kitkat via Mac. Installed GEL. Loving it!

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 21:21

14. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Got my kit Kat ota with GEL! pretty cool but not much of a difference.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 22:12

15. Zylam (Posts: 47; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Still don't have the OTA for my N4, what a f.ucking joke Android updates are, 4.4 was announced months ago and came out on the 1st, 22 f.ucking days later and still nothing for last years flagship.

F.uck Google.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 22:46

16. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1213; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Android 4.4 Kitkat was officially announced on October 31, today is November 21, not even a month later.

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