Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) Is Now Rolling out

Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 7

Google officially announced Android 4.4 KitKat on October 31st and so far, the Nexus 5 was the only terminal to run the latest Android iteration. According to a tweet posted by the Mountain View-based giant, the Android 4.4 KitKat update has begun to roll out for both the Nexus 7 2012 and the Nexus 7 2013.

The WiFi-only versions of the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) along with the Nexus 10 are the only devices that will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update right away. If you happen to own a Nexus 4 or the cellular-enabled model of the Nexus 7, you might want to hear that the new firmware will hit your device “soon.” Without any exact ETA published by Google, we believe that Android 4.4 KitKat update for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) WiFi+cellular will become available for download in a couple of weeks.

There’s also a sad side of the Android 4.4 KitKat roll out. Just like it was previously rumored, the Google Experience Launcher will not land on the likes of Nexus 7, Nexus 4, or Nexus 10. This means that you will not get the transparency effects, nor the Google Now quick access on in the left of the homescreen page. Fortunately, the folks at Nova updated their launcher with new features that emulate Google Experience Launcher’s design.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are quite a few customROMs out there, who will bring the Android 4.4 KitKat experience on your Nexus 4 and many other devices, including the unsupported Galaxy Nexus.

In case you didn’t receive the system update notification on your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 you can check for it manually by heading to Settings > About tablet > Software Update and tap the Check for Updates button. As usual, this is a staged roll out, so the Android 4.4 KitKat update availability may vary on your location.

Did you receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update on your Nexus 7? Please let us know in the comments section below.

 

  • Michael Stokes

    I ended up manually updating my 2013 Nexus 7 to 4,4 KitKat. 100% Stock running Apex Launcher and I couldn’t be happier. For $229, the Wi-Fi 16GB Nexus 7 is the best bang-for-your-buck tablet on the market.