Nexus 4 KitKat update released, 240 MB OTA takes you from Android 4.3 to 4.4

Nexus 4 owners, rejoice, as the over-the-air Android 4.4 KitKat is hitting your handsets as we speak, about three weeks after Google promised that the KitKat update for its 2012 value-for-money king is "coming soon".

Soon it is indeed, and the update will bring the new launcher, which is actually the improved Google Search app, a lot of changes under the hood to accommodate low-end devices, which won't concern you as your Nexus 4 is still in the midrange category, as well as a number of other improvements you can read about in our Android 4.4 KitKat new features roundup. 

The KRT16S update is about 240 MB, and a small one might follow after that that will be ironing out any additional bugs left.

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Progress. Now all that needs to happen (for me) is for KK to drop for the Droid Maxx.

5. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Which probably won't be too long after the Moto X if Motorola keeps it up.

9. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Got my Nexus 7 LTE, waiting for KK update. If Google enable calling feature (like on TAB 2 P5100) can be happy with my purchase. Otherwise it will be a waste of money.

11. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

ive got the friggin wifi version of the fhd n7 and still no update

2. hmd74

Posts: 545; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

The image was krt16O and this one is krt16s...what's the difference?!?

7. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

The image was updated to this newer one. No changelog has been published (to my knowledge)

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Finally ! I was started to think my Moto G would get the 4.4 update before Nexus 4 :D

6. bagou01

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

All of you saying "finally" or "great" or ... have you received it? because last time google announced a rollout was one week ago and still nothing for almost everyone.... example, I still haven't even received it for my N7...

8. saenaedewe

Posts: 72; Member since: May 01, 2013

My N7 (2012) also have not received the 4.4 update... I am in Indonesia...

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Nexus 7, got mine

15. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

i believe what they did was pull the update and then start to release this newer version of kitkat to clean up some minor bugs

12. hossamaltarawneh

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

nexus 4 up here , nothing yet :/

13. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Your all going to love 4.4 I thought with it being incremental that i wouldn't really notice too much from 4.3 (4.2 to 4.3 didn't yield too much imo) was i wrong. Flashed 4.4 on my DNA 2 days ago, its BEAUTIFUL! If you haven't seen it in person yet, just wait =)

17. Izoe

Posts: 150; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

I agree with you, got the nexus 5 and was really impressed with the look and function of the interface. Only wish they also upgraded the interface of the home screen of the nexus 7, almost thought I bungled the update because it looked exactly the same, until i noticed some icons had changed e.g camera

16. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

I'm growing impatient waiting for my n4 update. how does apple have such a quick and easy rollout while my nexus products are struggling?

18. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

I already flashed previous factory image that was krt16O so will I get OTA for this new one now or I have to again flash new factory image ?

19. 1701nino unregistered

This is exactly my issue,i flashed factory image krt16O on my N4 and after that i locked m bootloader again, will i get my next update OTA??? Thanx for posting this question.

22. 1701nino unregistered

I read on androidcentral forums that we will get a small update 2-3 mb.

23. 1701nino unregistered

Just got an 9mb update to krt16S after i flashed the factory image a couple of days ago. There you go.

20. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

My Nexus 4 is currently using ver 4.2.1 (due to having LTE activated). It shows in the front that it has ver.4.2.2 downloaded but not installed. I have not installed it because if I install ver. 4.2.2 it probably will disable or turn-off the LTE... Since 4.3 has to be installed prior to be able to upgrade to ver 4.4 Kit Kat. Do that means that I cannot upgrade to ver 4.4?

21. 1701nino unregistered

You have to upgrade version by version OTA,or you can flash the factory image straight from google and have the latest version(but it's a bit complicated)

24. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I did it. Right now I have it working with ver 4.3 waiting for 4.4

25. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I finally received & installed ver 4.4 (Kit Kat) in my Nexus 4 today!!!

26. bagou01

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

received it yesterday evening in belgium, but no performance improvements

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