Google rolling out Android 4.4.4 OTA update to Nexus 5, releases factory images and binaries (Update)

Daniel Bader

June 19, 2014 6:23pm

Google has posted Android 4.4.4 binaries for all eligible Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (both 2012 and 2013), and 10. The move comes two weeks after Google began pushing out Android 4.4.3 to the above lot, and indicates that there were some lingering issues with the minor update.

It’s possible that the build, KTU84P, was issued to counteract Towelroot, an exploit uncovered by famed Apple and Sony hacker, geohot. Towelroot allows users to easily root any KitKat-powered device across all manufacturers and carriers. Initially released to root the Verizon and AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5, its functionality was expanded to include dozens of devices, the only prerequisite being that they run KitKat.

It’s unclear whether Google will begin an OTA rollout in the coming days — Google I/O is next week — but it’s possible Google merely patched the bug in AOSP and decided to give its Nexus devices similar treatment.

Update: Google has begun rolling out the OTA update for the Nexus 5, and will follow shortly with other devices. It turns out that Towelroot was not the main issue with this release, but in fact a lingering OpenSSL vulnerability topped the list of concerns.

Here’s the OTA update for the Nexus 5 that you’ll need to put in the base directory of your internal storage, head to stock recovery and flash. The update is a tiny 2.5MB, so seriously nothing much changed here.

  • Joseph Cacoilo

    4.4.4 … rolls off the tongue

  • Cannabis Highway

    towelroot didn’t work on my Rogers Note 3. I also read on a few other forums that others from Rogers failed with their attempts with the Note 3. I’d love an easy way to delete all of Rogers bloat ware. I hope geohot can work on a Canadian version.

    • Christopher Côté

      Because its Rogers….;-)

    • awhite2600

      I had hopes that towelroot would work on the Rogers Note 3. It seemed like such an easy and promising way to root my phone. Does anyone know of an easy root for this device? Preferably something that won’t trip Knox. I’m not looking to load custom roms. I just want to root to kill the bloatware.

    • Joseph

      I used Odin 3.0.1 with hlte n900 and it didn’t trip Knox

  • Nathaniel James

    Hope this fixes the battery drain issue with the Nexus 5.

    • Christopher Côté

      I hope too

    • Dr Tone

      I hope the battery stays as awesome as it is with 4.4.3 4.4.2 was a complete disaster.

    • MikeOxlong

      You’ve got it wrong, again.

    • Garrett Cooper

      Disagree. 4.4.2 I had drain issues, mainly stemming from snapchat, or apps that use the camera. 4.4.3 seems to remedy that issue. That said, battery life may have decreased a bit, but I haven’t really noticed.

    • MikeOxlong

      Wrong, but that’s OK. Google did release 4.4.4 for the nexus 5 to fix their mistakes in 4.4.3 however, so we both win.

    • Garrett Cooper

      4.4.3 was ok for me. The big issue was 4.4.2. I didn’t realize it at first but my gf uses snapchat a lot. Any app that used the camera (skype was guilty of this too) would keep the camera launched, even after you closed the app. This could leave to a full battery being dead within an hour or 2. The first time it happened I thought my phone was bunk, until I checked online. 4.4.3 fixed that issue, although overall battery life seemed to drop a bit. 4.4.4 has been solid for me thus far.

    • MikeOxlong

      I’ve since moved onto android l. Not going back either so, yeah.

  • Nitin Gaba

    Earlier today there was news that Google had made the full switch from Delvik to ART, this may be a part of the reason. This morning Google updated AOSP and killed off Delvik.

  • Accophox

    4.4.4 fixes an OpenSSL vuln.

  • naviz

    The radio firmware also received an update for the N5.

  • Eduardo

    Impressively enough, it’s already rolling out on the latest cyanogenmod nightlies

  • Frederick Edwards

    Wasn’t so easy this time as the .bat file kept failing, so I installed 4.4.4 via command prompt instead.