Android 4.4.1 rolling out to Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013) LTE, also hitting AOSP

Daniel Bader

December 6, 2013 11:34am

The Nexus 5 got all the attention yesterday when Android 4.4.1 began rolling out to fix some lingering camera issues, but the same build is now available for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013) LTE. If you put two and two together, it appears that Google is moving to fix additional baseband issues with devices on the MDM9x15/25 modems, since the Nexus 7 (2012) has a Tegra 3 chip inside it.

Google will still roll out OTA updates to build KOT49E for the remaining Nexus devices, but they’re probably coming next week along with the factory images. In the meantime, you can download the OTA update for the Nexus 4 and LTE Nexus 7 now.

From my early experience with the Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5, it appears that Google has cleared some of the cobwebs from the fireplace, so to speak. Call quality has improved dramatically, the auto-brightness settings are slightly more conservative (but still not enough), and the camera is indeed much faster to focus and shoot. Photo quality hasn’t improved too much, though.

The Android 4.4.1 update is also hitting AOSP now, so ROM builders should be able to integrate the changes into their software as early as today. This will go along well with the introduction of CM11 nightlies, no?

If you’ve received an OTA update on the Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 LTE, let us know. Otherwise, sideload away!

  • Zee

    I could definitely tell call quality and speaker output was better when I first installed the update on my Nexus 5.

  • Zee

    Forgot to mention, the voicemail notification bug that affected some carriers (most notably Rogers) is now fixed as well in 4.4.1

    • Jesus McDongswoggle

      Thanks for the good news! I’m on Bell but will have to test this out once I get the update.

  • James

    Waiting for the update in Vancouver on my nexus 4

  • Jonathan Schmitt

    Nothing in London yet. We have two Nexus phones so we are checking religiously 🙂

  • Ali F.

    I checked update yesterday on my N5 but nothing. I am still on 4.4!

  • jason

    London, Ontario – No update as of yet.

  • Nylac

    No update on my N4 yet. I wonder what will happen to my N5 apk when I update?

  • drnicket

    What of the wifi Nexus 7 (2013)? No love?

  • $80872078

    From what I have seen the photo quality has much improved on the Nexus 5 with the update, better detail.

  • Charab Russ

    nothing yet on my nexus 6. im still stuck on android lime pie 4.5 here on mars.

  • Pranav

    How come i didn’t get the update on my Nexus 5??

  • Dom

    Ha. Nexus 4’s getting it already. Still don’t have it on my Nexus 5…

  • Sayeedur Rahman

    It’s coming out later for the Old Nexus 7. I am so relieved because the newer devices got it and I thought they stopped on the older nexus 7.

  • Jonathan Schmitt

    Second day. Still nothing in London 🙁

  • James

    still nothing in vancouver for my nexus 4


    Has anyone received 4.4.1 update on Nexus 7 2012?

  • Minas Nustas

    Nothing in israel for my n4

  • HoodedDemon

    Dec 12th my Nexus 4 just updated to 4.4.2