Android KitKat 4.4.2 arrives for Nexus family of devices

Android KitKat 4.4.2 arrives for Nexus family of devices

Summary: While most Android owners are still waiting for KitKat, Google has pushed out the second 4.4 update for its Nexus line.

TOPICS: Android, Mobile OS

Google has begun rolling out an update to Android KitKat, bringing the operating system on its Nexus family of device up to version 4.4.2.

Nexus phone and tablet devices, except the Galaxy Nexus, have been receiving the over the air update to Android 4.4.2, which irons out a few bugs that shipped with the Android 4.4.1 update last week.

That particular update fixed the Nexus 5's camera. Not all Nexus devices got 4.4.1, but this latest update brings all models up to date.  

According to Android Police, 4.4.2 also includes fixes for the Nexus 5's camera, so anyone with that device that didn't receive Android 4.4.1 should get the amendments in the latest update.

A list of fixes from US carrier Sprint details the changes in 4.4.2:

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

For now, the only other devices to have received KitKat are the Google Play Edition versions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, as well as Motorola's Moto X.

For some other Android devices, there's one other route to geting the OS: install CyanogenMod's CM 11 nightly builds, which is a custom Android ROM.

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  • Stilling waiting?

    I am not stilling waiting anymore. Received my update earlier this morning on my Nexus 7 2012 (India).
  • Got mine too

    Got the 4.4.2 KOT49H update this morning directly from 4.4 KRT16S on Nexus 7 2012.
  • Got diddly Squat so far on my Nexus 5 .. :(

    But cannot wait to see how the camera fixes make my phone a better camera .. lol
    • u can force the update

      go to
      APPs --> ALL--> google services framework
      force stop it and clear the cache
      u might need to do it several times b4 u get update

      then go to about phone--> system updates

      good luck
      • Force Update works wonders

        Make sure you are connected to wi-fi to get the update before December 14th
      • Force update

        Doesn't work for me, I tried 6 times - Force stop grays out, can't clear the cache no matter what.
        • force update

          does normally work u might need to
          force stop==> clear cache--> force stop
          then try the update
          this isnt always precise by has always worked for me after a few trys

          google might have withdrawn the update i never could get 4.2.1 for n4
      • Don't do this!!

        There are a hundred articles explaining why doing this can damage your device. Not trying to start an argument, I'd just like for people to not offer advice unless the risks are explained properly.
        For anyone considering doing this, please Google it first; there are hazards you should be aware of.
  • Exchange

    Anyone know if they've fixed Exchange for KitKat yet?

  • Beware the Google Nexus line of products

    Beware the Google Nexus line of products

    Google initially claimed that the Nexus line of products would be the Android devices "first to receive updates". Yet, just two years after the Google Galaxy Nexus phone (by Samsung) was released, Google has stopped support for Android updates. Worse, Google has posted that they will only support updates on Google Nexus devices for 18 months (check the website yourself -

    There are thousands of frustrated and isolated Nexus owners that have bought into the Google ecosystem. Now the Nexus phone is obsolete. Read more here -

    Shame on Google. And prospective buyers of Google products should take heed.
    • They didn't say updates forever

      Anyone who thought that was the case doesn't understand technology...The Nexus devices are the first ones to get OS updates, but I certainly don't expect that I'll be getting Android 7.1 on my Nexus 4. From what I understand, the Google Galaxy Nexus has hardware that is incompatible with the most current versions of Android - should they artificially limit future versions of Android for everyone just so those early buyers can keep getting updates?
    • Software can't make hardware last forever.

      My Nexus 4 updated to 4.4.2 last night. At some point the hardware gets old. You could run Windows 7 on a P-III but why would you want to? Getting a couple more years out of a device is enough.
      Chris Petenes
  • Tethering on Nexus 5.

    Hope somebody help me out, cannot tether my MacBook laptop to my Nexus 5! I am with MetroPcs (T-Mobile) and paying for hotspot. Checked with them numerous times and they told me they are not blocking. BT, USB, or hot spot NONE of them work! For a moment I thought BT works until I realized that N5 is sharing my home Wi-Fi instead of my MetroPcs network. When I create the hotspot my Mac is seeing it, ran diagnostics on it and seems OK, can't connect. I red the help and it says USB tethering is not working for Mac?
    • no deal

      There is no USB tethering for Mac. Create a WiFi hotspot instead
      Gareth Smailes
  • 4.4.2 has lots of issues

    Got 4.4.2 2 days ago. Have noticed these issues:

    Bluetooth is broken - will shut down by itself and then cannot be restarted manually. Only way to restart it to reboot the device.

    Battery life seems way down (subjective opinion - looks like it runs out 30% faster)

    Phone rebooted by iteslf - just happened once, so probably not as bad as the first two issues.

    Beware before you upgrade.
    • 4.4.2 has lots of issues i 2nd that

      Got my 4.2.2 pushed through last night.
      Fully charged the phone, turned it on @ 6 am, by 12:30 it was out of juice. Before the update the battery life was adout 1.5 days turned on. :(
  • Performance is kinda miss, and apps crash a lot

    Performance on my N4 is still a miss. Few of the apps crash often. The multitasking view does not display all the running apps all the time. Waiting for another update with the bug fixes.