Android 4.4 factory images for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 released despite no OTA updates

Android 4.4 factory images for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 released despite no OTA updates
A couple days ago, Google began the rollout of the over-the-air (OTA) update of Android 4.4 KitKat to the Wi-Fi only versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. Yesterday, we got the manual update packages for those same devices. But, Google said that the updates for the Nexus 4 and the mobile data enabled Nexus 7s would be "coming soon".

Well, there's still no OTA update for the Nexus 4 or the mobile data enabled Nexus 7s, but Google has released the factory images of Android 4.4 for those devices. This means you can get the newest version of Android on one of those devices if you want, but you would have to be willing to wipe your data and start from scratch. 

There are factory images for the Nexus 4, 2012 Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and 3G), and 2013 Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and LTE). There's no factory image for the Nexus 10 yet, but since the OTA is rolling out for that tablet, it shouldn't make much difference. Flashing your device back to stock is a bit more involved and has more potential for error than just running a manual update, so if you're really interested in flashing one of these factory images, you'll be able to find the instructions from multiple sources around the web. 

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25 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

im sorry but that is not acceptable for nexus devices to be so delayed.

6. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Well, it's only been a couple weeks. OEM updates take months, if they happen at all. Still, rollouts should begin on day one.

9. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I may agree, but if we think a bit we realise that we hadn't any official announcement...so delayed from what :) only reference is the Nexus 5: in my country was available from 8 Nov. So one week after its release here

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

2 weeks isn't acceptable? I think you guys are asking a little too much. Also, it was never delayed, Google gave a set date for the update, so there was nothing to be delayed.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What are you talking about? They're releasing the update the timeframe they said they would, so why are you complaining?

2. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Google should inform people about actual update, and not fooling everyone around =\

5. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Aren't you the same a$$ that just told me 2 chill out & asked me if I was dieing of cancer because I felt that Google mishandled this update? Your opinion seems to have done a 180 sometime in the last 2 hours

10. prisilla111

Posts: 12; Member since: May 29, 2012

Your right medicci.... & soooo sexy as well ;-)

14. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Lol I respect your honestly prisilla

24. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Get a life or a job LOL !! You acting like a little child so i was calming you down... My comment in here is about talking one and doing other. Geez :D

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Google has earned a black eye in my books for this rollout.

4. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

They're having account syncing issues since 4.4, not the software itself, but with other devices through the Account Manager. Its even causing an error on Glass to pop up saying its not correctly synced, even though it is, I've gotten it a few times. All started after nexus 5 4.4 release. They might be trying to solve that before sending these out. Not 100% sure though

7. Feanor

Posts: 1290; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Considering the incremental nature of 4.4, this is quite bad... I'd rather that they'd prepare reliable releases over longer time spans. Its not like 4.4 is soooo different from 4.3 that we couldn't wait...

8. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

I have been upset with google havinv such delays for my nexus updates... Still I have come to think we were simply spoiled in the past... Guess a couple weeks from first release aint that bad... They do have more and more devices to accomodate every year.... Last year there were only Galaxy nexus and nexus 7,10 and 4 to update... With play store devices and new itterations of nexus devices...

12. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Update to 4.4 (Kit Kat)??? I am scare and debating if I should upgrade to 4.4 or not. Why? Because I tried the new version of Google Maps, Google+, Google Search, Google Play Magazines and Google Earth and they screwed my phone (Nexus 4) so badly that the only way to make it work properly again was by uninstalling all those programs and going back to the old ones. So I am scare of upgrading to 4.4 and even of buying the new Nexus 5 because I know the vers 4.4 is going to automatically install the latest version of those programs. And the new version of those programs is so screwed that after installing them neither the Navigation (GPS), Maps, and not even the Internet (neither Google or Chrome) was working at all in my Nexus 4. (Everything started to work properly after I went back to the old version of them).

15. Valdomero

Posts: 625; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I recommend you to wait a couple days after the OTA, check some forums about the update running in Nexus 4 devices and then make a move. That's what I'm going to do, I don't wanna get an update to make my phone a bug nest.

13. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

Nexus 7 (2013)...no 4.4 yet

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Not my N7 (12). Maybe HTC may update their PGE phone before my Nexus 7 or 4.

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nor my N7 (12). Maybe HTC may update their PGE phone before my Nexus 7 or 4. I'm not rootin for it. Pun intended.

19. Joosty

Posts: 462; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

This is freaking malarkey (N4)

20. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

That's human.

21. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Seriously. Relax people. The just announced the update. Have some patients. The people at Google work their asses off to get you these updates as fast as they can. It's messed up that every time look at a article about their work it's followed by pages of complaints from ungrateful customers as if their not working as hard as they can. Have some respect. Programming is not a fast or easy job.

22. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Sorry, I'm not a doctor nor am I in the medical or research field. I don't want patients :P

23. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

bloody hell you guys are flipping out over a few weeks? jesus, i didnt even complain that much waiting for updates in my damn droid bionic, honestly its not like your waiting 5 months to get a update people

25. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

oh come on guys the delays is not so bad. I own a nexus 7 2013 with lte. patience is virtue guys.

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