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Android 4.4.2 is rolling out now to Google Nexus devices

Android 442Yet another OTA update – this time Android 4.4.2 – is rolling out for Nexus devices, just days after Google released Android 4.4.1. Notification of the new update actually comes courtesy of Sprint, who was kind enough to give us the only semi-official changelog we’ve seen to date:

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

The new build is KOT49H, which makes Android 4.4.1 (build KOT49E) one of the shortest-living versions of Android ever. However, since there’s nothing new in the changelog, we can only assume that this simply fixes more bugs from 4.4.1.

After some quick searching, I was able to find these download links, all from Google servers so you can be assured of their safety.

2012 WiFi Nexus 7:

2012 3G WiFi Nexus 7:

Nexus 4:

Nexus 10:

2013 WiFi Nexus 7:

2013 LTE Nexus 7:

Nexus 5:

Some download links are obviously missing, so if you come across any more, be sure to leave them in the comments.

To apply this update manually, you can simply flash it in recovery if you have installed a custom recovery on your device. If not, follow these steps:

  1. Boot into the bootloader by turning off your device, and then holding the volume down + power button at the same time.
  2. Press volume up or down until you see the option to go to the recovery.
  3. Once you see the Android with a red exclamation point, press and hold power + volume up.
  4. Select the option to “apply update from adb.”
  5. Place the update .zip in your ADB directory, and rename it Then connect your device to your computer with a USB cable.
  6. Open a command prompt on your computer.
  7. Type:

    adb sideload

    You’ll see a progress bar go all the way up to 100%. When this is done, reboot your device and enjoy the latest update!

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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10 thoughts on “Android 4.4.2 is rolling out now to Google Nexus devices

  • Hmm. Nexus 4. KitKat 4.4. TWRP 2633. Attempting to flash the 4.4 to 4.4.2 file—fails. As did one or two others gathered from other links around the Web. (Although I certainly appreciate John doing due diligence and getting these via Google.) Anyone else having this problem?

    • If you’re flashing these in custom recovery, then you also have to make sure that your /system directory is EXACTLY stock – otherwise, it will fail. If you’ve rooted and made any significant changes, just revert back to stock first.

  • Same with my 2012 Wifi Nexus 7, btw.

  • gah, I just got 4.4.1 for the EVO 3D and already there’s another one…

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    Hopefully this fixes a lot of the Exchange issues.

  • Avatar of JRDEMASKUS

    My N5 has been sitting, unused, since last Thursday, while I trial the Nokia 1520.
    I expected with the Nexus line, these updates were delivered automatically to the device. No?

    • Avatar of Loren

      They are but they are staged rollouts. Give it a week and you shall have it.

  • Thanks for the input, John. Half way there: N7 is up to speed. Unfroze some Pinyan apps on the N4, but nothing yet. I’ll keep checking to see if somewhere I took away from Stock. As always with these posts, you and Paul rock.


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