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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Nexus 7 (2013)
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14 Comments

14. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Nexus 7 2012...?? :,(

7. jonartpop

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

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

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Because Google issues bug fixes for its own hardware?

13. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 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

5. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

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

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

3. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

4. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

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

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

10. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

2. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5843; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Proof???

12. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

All nexus 5 owners can experience the quality difference themselves.

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

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