Nexus 4 KitKat updates now available for download (and sideload)

Nexus 4 KitKat updates now available for download (and sideload)
As we just recently learned from Google engineer Dan Morrill, there is no way to speed up how quickly your device moves through the rollout process in order to get a new over-the-air (OTA) system update. There are only two real options: either wait patiently for the update to hit your device; or, download the update package and manually sideload it. If you have a Nexus 4, and want to get Android 4.4 KitKat, the choice is yours.

The rollout of KitKat to the Nexus 4 began yesterday, which means (according to Mr. Morrill) that only about 1% of users will have seen the update make it to their devices so far. The rest of you could be waiting up to one to two weeks to get the update. Or, there is option #2 which is now available because Google has posted the manual update packages for download (and sideload). 

There are two different update packages available. One is for if your Nexus 4 is still running Android 4.3 (build JWR66Y), and one for those of you who got the initial update to KitKat (build KRT16O), but not the bug fix update. Both updates will bring you up to the newest KitKat build for the Nexus 4 (KRT16S). The download links are below, and you can follow the same instructions we laid out for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 manual updates.

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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. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

my n7 fhd just got the 4.4 ota finally !!!

3. ryshard84

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

I think he is not right as i clear google freamework 3 times and update message comes up and now im running kitkat in my Nexus 4 with GEL and i love it !

5. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

What do u mean by cleating Google framework? hmm I wanna see proof that u didn't side load it

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Application Manager -> Google framework -> clear cache.

8. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

is it called Google services framework? and there's an option to clear data or clear cache.

6. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

did u just keep clearing the data for framework?

4. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

wish I had the update. its sad that the update has been out for weeks and I haven't gotten it yet.

9. iParkos

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

You've been able to install official 4.4 for a week now.

10. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

hey my update finally popped up ota but it says I need WiFi but I want to download it over my cellular signal. is it possible?

11. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Finally my N4 got kitkated :)

12. Gulenkov

Posts: 50; Member since: May 15, 2013

Got it this night, gonna to install as soon as I get home.

13. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Side loaded kitkat via Mac. Installed GEL. Loving it!

14. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Got my kit Kat ota with GEL! pretty cool but not much of a difference.

15. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Still don't have the OTA for my N4, what a f.ucking joke Android updates are, 4.4 was announced months ago and came out on the 1st, 22 f.ucking days later and still nothing for last years flagship. F.uck Google.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Android 4.4 Kitkat was officially announced on October 31, today is November 21, not even a month later.

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