Android 4.4.1 begins rolling out, install it now on your Nexus 5

Android 4.4.1 begins rolling out, install it now on your Nexus 5
Not too long ago, we heard that Google had finished the Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5 and that it would begin rolling out in the next "few days". As per usual, Google has an odd idea of time, because reports have it that the update has already begun rolling out. And, even better than that, the manual update file has shown up on Google servers, so you can install the update right now if you want.

As was explained before, the major features of this update are all updates to improve the camera performance on the Nexus 5. The camera app will launch faster, autofocus is faster, colors and exposure have been improved, and there is also a new progress bar when shooting an HDR+ photo. There may be other bug fixes and such in the update, but we don't have a change log on it yet, so we can't say for sure. 

Update rollouts from Google can take anywhere up to about two weeks to get to everyone. But, if you are comfortable with sideloading the update, it can be yours right now. All you have to do is grab the update file from the source, and follow the same instructions as were used for sideloading the KitKat update on Nexus tablets

The only thing to check is that you must be running stock Android 4.4 build KRT16M to install this update. If you are, then you're good to go. 

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)

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21 Comments

1. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

gotta wait for OMNI to be updated, shouldn't be long :P

2. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Yes, I'm glad I bought a nexus 5 its way better than my I piece of crap 5s

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

why are you trying to start a flame war ? no one even mentioned an iPhone.

4. Furbal unregistered

I wouldn't say the 5s is a crappy device, but I can't wait for the nexus 5 i got on black Friday. it is going to complement my note 3 very well.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol no need fool, all the conjecture about bad battery life just got thrown out the window by Anandtech with actual objective testing (and they are thorough). http://www.anandtech.com/show/7517/google-nexus-5-review/3 Link for the lazy.

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Yeah anandtech is good. Count how many people are complaining. http://phandroid.com/2013/11/06/nexus-5-battery-life/

9. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Many complain, but many say it's above average. I guess there are people that still keep all gps/wifi/nfc/googlenow/weirdsyncs activated all time with high brightness. Anyway just looking to the pic of the person that had 6h with heavy usage, you can see the battery got drained even with screen-off - that was in an area with bad mobile signal and we all know phones become microwave ovens in these cases. Also weird: the phone was always "awake" (google now?). With wise n5 usage I'd give credit to anandtech, battery is fair while having 1080p and lte at 350$

17. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I have gotten 22 hours from 3.5 hours of talk and playing music all day. I seem to get 14-15 hours minimum battery usaage and still have 30-40% left. The battery is a 2300mAh battery, and for the "SIZE" it does well. You says its fair for 350.00 but fail to realize that it does not have a huge battery. It cant compare to 3000+ mAh batteries.

21. jubin.mathai

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 11, 2013

Very True...Its basically how we use the device!! We have to have knowledge about our phone. People always whine about their phone's battery backup, neglecting their part! I mean just think of it... We want to have all the features of the phone to be ON even if we don't need it!! That's not the right way!!

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

There is always someone who never gets enough battery, for everyone else we know the limits of tech.

10. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

battery is fair. even iPhone users complain about battery life, which isn't that bad, IMHO.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Okay....I think you need to have that level of hate checked by a medical professional.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Maybe you should buy a grammar book instead.

13. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

get your popcorn ladies and gents \**/ \**/ \**/

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No thanks, I prefer apple pie. ;-)

20. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

touchè

15. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Just finshed flashing update...camera is fast now...shot to shot time has improved (unnecessary focus is removed) wondering why comments in every article on phonearena ends with iPhone vs something

16. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Sound on headphones and speaker seems louder than before :)

18. varuntis1993

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

hey every time when I type the command adb sideload update.zip it tell me that the device is not found but when I restart the phone and then type adb devices, it shows me the device with the serial no.....can any one tell me where I m wrong?

19. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I had same problem...it's most probably issue with usb drivers...check device managed on your pc...nexus5 will show up with yellow exclamation mark. I didn't try to fix adb issue...so flashed twrp recovery and then flashed update.

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