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KitKat - Android
The Android 4.4.1 update which began rolling out to the Nexus 5 yesterday, has begun rolling out to the Nexus 4 as well as the Nexus 7(2013) WiFi and LTE models, with the smart folks over at XDA, grabbing the OTA links to allow keen Android users to update their devices at their leisure.

  1. Download the appropriate update from Google:
  2. Once downloaded it may help to rename the update to something generic i.e update.zip
  3. Make sure you’ve got ADB installed, and open a command line window.
  4. Reboot your Nexus into recovery mode, and (depending on your recovery) enable sideload mode.
  5. Use the command : adb sideload update.zip to push the update accross to your device

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

AOSP has been updated with the code for Android 4.4.1 (KOT49E) but there are no factory images for the devices on the Google Factory Images page as yet. Conley Owens has advised that Factory images will be coming next week :

Today, Google announced a maintenance release for Kit Kat, 4.1.1:

We are in the process of releasing the source to the
kitkat-mr1-release branch (tagged with ‘android-4.4.1_r1), kitkat-dev,
and master branches. Finally, we plan to release the proprietary
binaries and factory images next week.


There’s no sign yet of OTA updates for the Nexus 7(2012) in either 3G/HSPA or Wi-Fi, nor the Nexus 10, but as soon as those show up we’ll add the links to this post.

Update – Sunday Dec 8, 12.25pm The Nexus 10 OTA has been added!

Source: XDA-DevelopersGoogle GroupsGoogle Source.
Via: Android Police.
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Robert Williames

My OTA just came through for 4.4.2


Same here, for the 2012 Nexus 7.


Anyone get the update OTA yet or is everyone just sideloading?

dara ing

does anyone know if theres any noticeably changes for N4, google experience launcher?

vijay alapati

Still waiting for my ota….can’t side load as my recovery is messed up 🙁

Allan O'Rourke

I tried using the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE OTA and it complained that it wasn’t the right file. Anyone else had this problem?

And yes, it is the right device…

Paul Walker

What does this mean?

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


If you’ve got a custom recovery installed, copy the OTA zip file to your /sdcard/ folder somewhere and use the custom recovery to install the ZIP. It’s an alternative to the sideload command, but effectively does the same thing.