After almost two weeks of waiting Google is finally starting to push the Android 4.4 KitKat update to WiFi-only variants of Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 terminals. Yes, for the time being there’s no official update for the Nexus 4 or the cellular Nexus 7 models.
The folks at Google didn’t give any reasons why the system update for the aforementioned handsets wasn’t made available synchronized with the WiFi-only Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, but it advises us to “stay tuned, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 versions with mobile data will be getting the update soon!.” The tweet doesn’t mention the exact date when the Android 4.4 update for Nexus 4 and cellular Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) models will roll out and “soon” could mean either days or weeks.
Android 4.4 KitKat is the most important upgrade since the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean launch in June 2012. The new firmware brings better RAM management, full screen album and movie art for lockscreen, a new immersive mode, smarter caller ID (“whenever you get a call from a phone number not in your contacts, your phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps”), cloud printing, unified messaging app, improved support for Emoji, and more.
Unfortunately, as far as things stand, the Google Experience Launcher will be available exclusively for the Nexus 5, thus you won’t get Google Now quick access from homescreen, nor transparent menus after you update your Nexus handset to KitKat.