Google pushes out Android 4.4.4 to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Google pushes out Android 4.4.4 to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10
On Thursday, Google started sending Android 4.4.4 to stock Android models like the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. For those keeping score, the new build is KTU84P. Factory Images for the new build are available for the above mentioned devices. These are used by device owners who have been hacking or modifying their phone or tablet, and need a way to "get back home".

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

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23 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nexus advantage! If Google support microSD I would have bought every nexus phone. Cheap and good!

5. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Had Nexus One, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4.. best of them all Nexus One.. Man having MicroSD is such a blessing..

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: Apr 17, 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: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 351; Member since: May 25, 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: Apr 16, 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: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: Sep 19, 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 unregistered

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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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 unregistered

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: 351; Member since: May 25, 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: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 351; Member since: May 25, 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: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 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: Jun 19, 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...

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Roll back to 4.3

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

My Z1 works fine though it was a little better off with 4.3

22. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Meh...4.4 works just fine as 4.3 on my ZL.

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I really can't wait for next week. Here's hoping for Android 5.0!

17. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

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