Still waiting on Android 4.3 for your Nexus? Here's why it's taking a while

Still waiting on Android 4.3 for your Nexus? Here's why it's taking a while
With the veil officially (and finally) off Android 4.3, some of you are probably eagerly awaiting the coveted update prompt to appear as from thin air. There are even some of you that have read reports from numerous users across the globe who already have Google's latest and greatest running under the hood.

But not you. No, you're seemingly the black sheep that the folks over at Mountain View have decided to pick on, and no amount of spamming the 'Check for Updates' button helps.

Well, folks, we absolutely agree that the not-knowing part is making this all a nasty experience, especially when your Nexus-wielding brethren already got the new goodies. That being said, we're glad to report that we have an as official explanation as you're about to get from a Googler working in the Android division.

Turns out, there's no actual ETA in place, nor a specific, preset schedule that Google follows. Instead, according to Jean-Baptiste Quéru, OTA updates go round the globe in phases. This is intentionally done very slowly in the beginning in order for Google to be able to identify (and handle) any “catastrophic failures that wouldn't have been found in testing”. Once the OTA update process has been set in motion, the second phase doesn't start for a minimum of two days, during which Google collects information on the rollout and plans the next phase:


But here's the good news, according to said Googler, the OTA process is measured in days, not weeks, meaning that yours truly won't have to wait long. What's more, no amount of spamming the 'Check for Update' button will change your eligibility for one – geographical regions are picked at random, and if yours isn't eligible in the current phase, you simply won't get it.

Source: Jean-Baptiste Quéru (G+)

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60 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is a non issue. Android 4.3 will arrive WAY sooner than later.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Got my update 48 hours ago.

3. Retro-touch unregistered

There's always the stock images to flash if you own a Nexus device and you can keep your data if you want I used Nexus Toolkit to flash 4.3 and it took less than 5 mins

4. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

And yet Apple devices get their firmware worldwide as soon as Apple flick 'the switch'...I dont mean to troll or act as flame bait but this frustrates the hell out of me. I own a Nexus 4 and an iPad and on the release of 4.2 i was waiting 8 days for it to finally appear on my phone (im in the UK). I just dont understand where Google is coming from with this. There are far fewer Nexus devices out there than Apple devices and yet everytime I'm left waiting ages, while my iPad updates at 6pm (10amPT) on the dot for everyone! With 4.3 it's not such a big deal as its only a minor update, but with bigger releases, i get extremely agitated. I guess i'm just impatient...!

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude you would have a point if you were waiting weeks and months, but to wait a few extra days is JUST too much for you. REALLY....?!? Please calm down. lol

9. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Lol, I know, it sounds pathetic, but I really am just that impatient :S

40. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ok cool then. lol +1

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

actually there is a difference, apple announced IOS7 and yet your iPad does not have it and you probably are willing to wait a few more moths, android 4.3 gets released and you cant wait a few weeks? tsk tsk tsk

15. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

his point is that when one ios device gets it, they all get it. with android, they do a slow roll out and the person sitting right next to you with the exact same device gets it days or weeks prior to you. im not incredibly frustrated by this, but android is definitely losing me. i think i'll have an iphone by october.

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

we kinda have seen issues wish the update being available for everyone and servers ganging on iOS due to massive requests, and common multiple issues so if staged roll outs can help improve the experience while updating... oh well

31. gagdude

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

"I'm switching from android because I can't wait a few days for features the iphone will never have. meanwhile, the current os is already light years ahead of ios!!!" people these days

45. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

I can't read, so I'm going to infer something that is nearly the opposite of what was posted. People these days.

36. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I would hope there's a lot more to the story than just switching operating systems because of the way they get updated.

46. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

I wouldn't say a lot more. Its mms. It simply doesn't work with android. Literally all of my friends have iphones and send group texts all the time. I can never see them. This is functionality that I had in my flip phone a decade ago. How and why it doesn't work, I don't care. I'm over it. I've had 3 android devices in a row and I'm going back to iOS.

49. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

android 4.2 and above supports group chatting. i know it was frustrating for me as well but thank god google finally made it available

50. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I ment group texting. One of my friends has a gs3 so he's still on 4.1, so my whole group of friends (along w the ones who got iphones) got the hangouts app just to group chat

51. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

I'm running 4.3 on my nexus 4 and it still doesn't work. Its absurd. Group texting should be a basic function of any cell phone.

57. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

If you have the nexus 4 then you can group text. I have the gnex and Ive been group texting w friends w iphones for months now. I think you might just have to enable the mms feature in the texting settings, Google it if you can't figure it out.

58. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

MMS is actually a picture text so even though it is sending text it is actually sending it in a picture I believe, maybe your wireless plan doesn't include MMS service

60. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

ive looked into it extensively. i think ive identified the problem. when my friends send group texts, its always from an iphone to a bunch of other iphones and my nexus. since my nexus is the only non-iphone, the sending iphone sends an imessage. my nexus obviously has no idea what to do with an imessage, so it just says it never downloads. admittedly, this isn't really google's fault, but it seems like the only solution is to get an iphone. apple wins. oh well.

23. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

They 'announced' iOS7, they haven't 'released' it...and for your information I do have it as i'm a developer :P

29. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

that's what II'm talking about, its that both companies work different, while apple takes moths from announcement to released yet android may be only weeks from announcements to release, then staged roll outs (to reduce the number of issues and clogged servers), also there are methods that will force the download anyways...

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Go to Settings > Apps > All > Google Services Framework > Clear Data and then Force Stop the service (it will automatically restart). After doing this you can go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check Now. You may have to repeat this trick a number of times (10 or more). Alternatively, you can reboot the phone after clearing the data (I always seem to have success after rebooting).

38. Zeus.k unregistered

+1. or you can root n fly lol

39. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

root is not needed for official OTA, you can even download the file go into recovery and flash it without even being rooted, its what ota does anyways

41. Zeus.k unregistered

i know that. What i meant was that if you dont wanna wait for the ota then you can either get it from xda or can flash factory image from google. cheers.

14. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

That's very apocalyptic, having to wait a few days.

22. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Thats not really the point - i'd just like to understand why Google can't do it the same way Apple does...

33. gagdude

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

to make sure there is no big error.....

34. av911 unregistered

If you read the article, it tells you why...and it's even quoted.

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