Android 4.4 KitKat rolls out to Nexus 7, Nexus 10

Android 4.4 KitKat rolls out to Nexus 7, Nexus 10

Summary: More Google devices begin to get KitKat from today, starting with its Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.


Google has begun rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat across its Nexus range, bringing its earlier tablets and smartphones up to speed with the Nexus 5.

The first devices to get KitKat will be will be the 2012 and 2013 wi-fi versions of the Nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 10, the Android team announced via Twitter.

Next up will be the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 with mobile data, which will get the KitKat update "soon", though there's no precise date. The next devices that should get KitKat are Google Play versions of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy 4, but again, Google hasn't said when.

The KitKat updates bring Google's Nexus range in line with the Nexus 5, the first device that shipped with the OS that was released on October 31.  

It will be some time before other Android handset owners can expect to see KitKat running on their devices. So far only HTC has announced a date for KitKat's arrival on its phones, which it expects to deliver to the HTC One from the end of January.

Sony and Google's Motorola have named several smartphones that will get KitKat, but neither have said when. Meanwhile, Samsung and LG have not announced their KitKat schedules.

Android users keen to break out of their carrier or device maker's release schedule may find some joy with the CyanogenMod Installer, published on Google Play earlier this week. However, for now, there's no installer for KitKat, though the company says it is working on it.      

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Topics: Android, Consumerization, Smartphones

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  • Samsung announces immediate Kit Kate updates for all products.

    Seriously, you believed that?
  • I have a nexus 7 2012 version

    But when is the update coming today? I know plenty of people are wondering too.
  • Rollout Schedule

    Just out of curiosity, what is the rhyme or reason to the rollout schedule for a big update like this? Obviousely they don't want 100 million users hitting the servers all at once, but what determines who gets the OTA update when, and/or when I see the update available when I hit my update button. 'Just wondering if there is an organized plan or little more than a random rollout.

    I've got both the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 wi-fi models and haven't seen the update on either one yet.
    Rob Stinson
    • Both 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7

      Ditto. Neither updated as of the 15th. Maybe those reporting got some bad info?
  • Errr....

    Notice how Google is giving their own products first crack at the new version. Another reason why Samsung should leave the Android family. [On the other hand, let them be guinea pigs and wait for the fixes in 4.4.1!]
    • errr....

      The nexus 10 is manufactured by Samsung, and Google has released the 4.4 source code. The thing that inhibits device support are propritary binaries for internal hardware. Samsung, HTC, Sony or whoever [even you or I] can build 4.4; it just won't work right until those proprietary binaries are recompiled [for 4.4] or modified to work [through HAL] by the developer community. You wanna blame some people, look to the gpu manufacturers &/or camera manufacturers; they usually present the biggest barriers. Not Google. I'm only glad SteamOS decided on running on linux; some gpu manufacturers are coming around [slowly].
  • Update their own products first

    Makes sense to me. Who do you think should get the update first?