New Android 4.4.2 update starts rolling over-the-air for Nexus devices

A number of our readers have been keeping our mailbox busy with news of a new Android 4.4.2 update. The over-the-air patch is apparently rolling out for all Nexus devices, including even the Nexus 7 2012, less than a week after Android 4.4.1 started making the rounds. Depending on your device, the update ranges in size: from 39.3MB all the way up to 54.0MB.

As to what the new update brings, or rather – how is it different than 4.4.1 – we can't be quite sure just yet. There have been some claims made online that the previous iteration had some general issues and that 4.4.2 is supposed to handle those. To that effect, the changelog lists a few minor fixes, such as:

  • Fix for clearing the VM Indicator
  • Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator
  • Various additional software fixes
  • Security enhancements

That said, it's interesting to note that if you're still stuck on Android 4.4, you'll likely see your droid leap-frog 4.4.1 altogether and get 4.4.2 instead.

We'll make sure to update you, should new information become available.

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28 Comments

26. kwn0602

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

I live in canada. I tried to update n5 on 3G network several times but it didn't work. It just said mine is up to date. Anyone who cant get the update without reason? Or is it only in us?? Mine is international unlocked nexus 5. And its rooted

25. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

ive yet to recieve the update...is it going out by regions?

24. djva1

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

I updated my Nexus 7 (2013) to 4.2.2 today and have a keyboard sound that I can't figure out how to turn off. All obvious setting show no sound on keyboard. It's annoying. I know I'm typing; everybody else doesn't need to know. If anyone has the same issue and figures it out, please post.

20. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Yesterday evening I noticed the note on my Nexus 7 2012 about the 4.4.2 update over its 4.4. Unfortunately, nothing that I can tell, other than Photo+ showing up as an app without my downloading it, IIRC, so I assume that it's part of the update. Too bad that the launcher is still Jelly Bean's.

28. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Got the update yesterday evening on my Nexus 5.

19. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Nope..No update yet. Still on 4.4 :(

27. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

got the update...straight to 4.4.2 from 4.4 on Nexus 7 (2012).

18. HildyJ

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

One other change I noticed is that the Location on the Power Control widget is now a three way toggle - off, battery saving, GPS - which is nice for switching between the latter two without going to Settings.

15. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

I haven't got anything on my nexus 5! Can someone tell me why I haven't received it yet?

11. Lmao2013

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

I never even got 4.4.1 it went straight to 4.4.2

23. cmehta82

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

same here..

10. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

It pushed to my Nex10 but I didn't install it yet. Does it kill root?

13. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I bet u it does cause 4.4.1 killed my root. I'm about to do this again so I'll let u know

14. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

So it does break root at least on my nexus 5

22. cmehta82

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

didn't killed for me

7. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Waiting for manual update for the sideload

9. Retro-touch unregistered

The manual update is available at android police just head there, download zip and flash in recovery

12. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Thanks a lot I'm gonna do that right now. And I got ROM manager who needs a side load

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Forever stuck on 4.2.2 on my Galaxy Nexus.... I would get a new phone but then I'd have to sacrafice my unlimited data... sigh... why do I keep reading these articles, all they do is make me sad?

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Why would you have to sacrifice anything career related if you bought a Nexus 5?

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Trust me, there's not a great difference in daily use between 4.2.2 and 4.4 (which I now have on the N7). And at least a couple of years will pass before apps will start requiring 4.3 or higher.

16. troutsy

Posts: 384; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Carry an extra line with a feature phone activated on it, yearly subsidized upgrades for only $120/yr + tax/fees. Source: Googling "Keep unlimited data with Verizon"

17. HildyJ

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I moved from a Galaxy Nexus to a Nexus 5. For me, the 2.5GB I get on t-mobile is enough so data wasn't an issue. What I like is the screen size, the speed, and the feel of the back of the naked phone. 4.4 is nice but I could have lived without it.

21. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

Can't you just root your phone? I'm running CM 11 (4.4.1) on my Galaxy Nexus and you're not missing much.While 4.4.1 is a nice visual change, the abundance of white can't be good for our batteries, so I'll prolly switch back to CM 10.2 after a while.

4. Andy.Smith

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

4.4.1. is sooo yesterday.

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I got it today, yay

2. apurvdate

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

just received 52 MB update .. jumped from 4.4 to 4.4.2 :)

1. bagou01

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

Also, "nearby places" in the dialer now works with other languages that english US... it never worked in french, and now it does :)

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