Tuesday , June 5 2018

Android 4.4.1 update for Nexus 5 is now available


The Android 4.4.1 update for Google’s Nexus 5 handset has begun rolling out this morning, and thanks to some keen-eyed Nexus 5 users, we have the OTA (over the air) download link.

If you’re comfortable with some command line tools, and you haven’t modified your Nexus 5, you’ll be able to apply the OTA update file without any major dramas. However, if you’ve rooted your handset or made other changes to the system partition, you may find that the update won’t apply without some modification required (which is beyond the scope of this quick update post).

For those wanting to give the update a try without waiting for the OTA update notification, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download the update from Google: http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/google_hammerhead/7ed504f678cea49ecf0974e8cd956e2974e3f943.signed-hammerhead-KOT49E-from-KRT16M.7ed504f6.zip.
  2. Make sure you’ve got ADB installed, and open a command line window.
  3. Reboot your Nexus 5 into recovery mode, and (depending on your recovery) enable sideload mode.
  4. Apply the update as follows:
    adb sideload 7ed504f678cea49ecf0974e8cd956e2974e3f943.signed-hammerhead-KOT49E-from-KRT16M.7ed504f6.zip


  5. Alternatively, copy the file across to your device, and install it like any other ZIP file

Of course, please be aware that updating your phone in this way is entirely at your own risk, and Ausdroid doesn’t take any responsibility for you breaking everything. Let us know how you go in the comments below!

Daniel Tyson   Editor

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.


  1. did any one receive notification for OTA update? i haven’t got one yet 🙁

  2. Waiting for replacement Nexus 5 to arrive. My brand new one has a bad screen and I’m sending it back. As a warning to others, returning faulty goods to Google is NOT a pleasant experience!!

    • What trouble are you having?

      • Lots of horizontal lines lines flicker on the screen through certain colours. Now they’re going to ‘hold’ another $470 out of my account while I wait for the replacement.

        • The HTC One had problems with screens, it was a gamble at the start whether you got a good or bad screen, but they got rid of the problem early. That’s a weird way of doing things, especially considering they are at fault.

          • It’s an amazing device at a great price; I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing Google. But they’ve told me I have to return the device within 21 days or I’ll be charged for the full amount, but that I have to return in the same packaging the replacement is coming in… which isn’t due for 3 weeks?!

          • Oh definitely, it’s amazing how cheap it is for such an awesome phone. I would like to know how much they are losing on them! But wow that’s quite bad on Google’s part.

          • Don’t sweat it – the 21 day thing is a pro forma response. I’ve done the return thing before – original nexus 7 screen didn’t turn on (could hear it though)

            Reply to them with your concerns of you need to be put at ease. The return details are with the replacement so they know you can’t return it yet.

          • Thanks, I know I probably sound like a stress-head! I guess the thing I’m most disappointed about is having to wait another 3 weeks for another phone… first world problems anyone?!

  3. I can’t seem to flash the sideload, it tells me it’s failed – is it because I installed some mods to the ROM (change in navigation bar DPI, and the reboot menu)? Is there a way to force flash it, or is this not recommended?

  4. Will this remove my root?

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