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Android 4.4 Being Pushed to AOSP Now, Nexus 5 Factory Image Later Today

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You read that title right – Android 4.4 is being pushed to AOSP right now. We typically see Google push source to AOSP shortly after an announcement, so this isn’t necessarily surprising. With that said, this is amazing news for our friends in the ROM game. How long before someone can get us a working build?

The new branches are kitkat-dev and kitkat-release, which is build number KRT16M for the Nexus 5. The binaries and factory image for the Nexus 5 should be available later today as well.

If you were looking for Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10 factory images, you are going to have to wait a few weeks. Those will become available once their 4.4 updates are ready.

Via:  Android Building

  • ckeegan

    Where the hell is the new Nexus 10 for Verizon?

  • mikeym0p

    Once the sources are up I’m a buildin!

  • amulya

    Wait so currently there is no thing for Nexus 4 online yet? I know OTA will take a while, but you cant just download and flash yourself?

  • TheDrunkenClam

    How do I “sell” my unlimited vzw plan? I want T-Mobile. I want this phone.

    • Use eBay. Make sure buyer knows its the plan and contract will be theirs including grandfathered data.

      When it eventually sells, you’ll have a bit of work to do.

      If you want to keep your number you MUST follow this exactly.
      1) create new line(s) with Tmo and take whatever default number they give you. Have it all activated, etc.
      2) go home 🙂 seriously do rest from home on phone/pc

      3) call tmo and request the phone number to be moved to them, they will need your vzw account password
      4) once that is initiated and tmo rep says its all good, log into our vzw account online
      5) go to the line you’re transferring there is an option to change phone numbers, do this to get a new number for your existing vzw line

      NOTE: Behind the scenes, your old number is already in transition to tmo while your current vzw line is not defined by a new number. You get to keep yours and when you sell the line, the buyer gets a new number, thus won’t get any of your calls by mistake.

      Once that’s done you can start the process to transfer the lien to another person.

      After completion of eBay sale contact Verizon by phone to initiate the transfer. They will take the information of the buyer and initiate the process. The buyer will then need to call in to verify and complete the process. They will have to be approved for the line with Verizon (may require deposit from them). Once they have accepted the proces, the ENTIRE LINE and its attached phone (be sure to change to different phone or have them add theirs) will now belong to the buyer.

      Any monies you owe Verizon will be billed separately. This would be for any partial month up to the point of the transfer.

  • d-rock

    Hopefully the hangouts apk works on 4.2/4.3!

  • Steven Berger

    I really wanted to use stock Android 4.4 on my GS4, sadly I am on ME7

  • Bassdj

    Can’t wait to see this on the One

  • R2deetard

    Bring on the roms! OH YEAH!

  • enigmaco

    Glad to see the progress being made, curious to see what they will do with the moto x.

  • EdubE24

    Searching Craigslist for a Gnex ASAP!

  • Is Hangouts built-in to 4.4? If so will someone be able to rip it and share it so we can get in on the all-in-one messaging revolution early?

  • too bad Sprint Gnex didnt get 4.4 binaries with the 4.3 release…le sigh

  • jim

    Wow, 5 Nexus 5 stories on front page of Cnet , may be time to kiss verizon goodbye

    • joejoe5709

      Just me or is this getting more press than the new iPhones, iPads and iOS7 combined? People are going nuts out there…

  • Steve B

    This guy has one: http://gigaom.com/2013/10/31/nexus-5-hands-on-looks-like-an-impressive-google-android-flagship/

    Says the camera is pretty good. “Leaps and bounds better than the previous Nexus.”

  • J Dub

    Will push this to my Nexus 4 soon I hope.

  • Simon

    Galaxy S4 is definitely itching for some new sweets… 😉

  • Benjamin Mackie

    As someone who doesnt use hangouts, can sm1 tell me what all the fuss is?

    • DanSan

      you can now send SMS and MMS from hangouts. no need to use an sms program and hangouts. i will now use hangouts only and not even touch any other sms apps

      • kevin

        But as you said before, this only works if the device you are using is upgraded to kit kat correct?

        • DanSan

          no. the update to hangouts will follow shortly. will work on all 4.0+ phones.

  • Guy Pierce

    First GNex with 4.4 Kit-Kat!

    • Ryan

      Nice shop

      • Guy Pierce

        Thanks man I try!

  • kevin

    Am I the only one that finds it weird that we can get the apk for hangouts today but google has no plans to release it until later on through the play store?

  • I’ve got to admit…I’m glad this will (probably) be the last time I have to ROM. #galaxyNexusProblems #helloT-Mo

    Edit: it was fun for a while, but I’m le’tired of it now and just want the latest and greatest to show up OTA and be on with my day 🙂

    • Hothfox

      Same. I’ve always had to ROM because I’ve always been on Verizon. I haven’t even thought about rooting my Nexus 7 or unlocking the bootloader. I intend to leave the Nexus 5 on stock as well.

    • joejoe5709

      Same. This new update looks good enough that I might just stay stock for awhile. I’d still like to be rooted, but I’m so sick of nightlies and bugs and such just to be on the bleeding edge.

      After a few months I seriously don’t use ChatHeads or PIE anymore. I do enjoy an expanded power menu and better quick controls, but it’s not really worth it anymore. Custom ROMs used to be great for custom kernels and better battery life but that might not be necessary anymore. At 2.3Ghz, do you really need to overclock? The use for a ROM gets less and less obvious as Google catches up.

  • apk of hangouts pl0x

  • DanSan

    download system dump
    grab hangouts.apk

    • tyguy829

      someone who had a hands on already tried that. The version on the N5 only works on 4.4.

  • kevin

    so…does that mean we will be seeing the apk of hangouts soon?

    • Steve B

      Ooh, good point. Should be a system app, so someone should be able to pull it I would imagine.

      • kevin

        wait so im really confused. If kit kat is being pushed to aosp right now and we can easily get an apk of hangouts then why on earth would google just not update hangouts today?

        • beng8686

          Betcha it only works with KitKat.

          • DanSan

            what ive been reading this is the case.

            its hard coded to work only with 4.4

          • kevin

            well…fuck. Seems like that kind of defeats the purpose seeing how more than likely the GS4 wont get this update for another year. 🙁

          • DanSan

            no, the apk on the nexus 5 is allegedly coded just to work for on 4.4+..

            we will just have to wait til they push the update of hangouts to the play store which will work on 4.0+. should be a few days to maybe a week or so

          • kevin

            ohh ok I understand now. Thank you so much for clearing that up.

        • AndroidUser00110001

          Because you can’t break off that piece of a Kit Kat bar

    • DanSan

      yes we need this asap!

  • chris_johns

    come onnnn dev community…get me some kitkat good ness on my droid hd!

  • Steve B

    Thus far, I’m thoroughly impressed by what Google’s done with KitKat. They crammed a crazy amount into this release. Thank you Google, please ship my device without delays (fingers crossed).

  • Luxferro

    Nice, we can get our updated apps from the factory images 🙂

  • Tom

    Get that hangouts apk!

    • Timothy McGovern

      ^This. Pronto.

  • Godzilla

    A few weeks? I seem to remember Nexus 7 getting 4.3 within a few days.

  • Guy Pierce

    Can’t wait to have the first Kit-Kat device… My GNex!

  • Paul

    Shiny VZW GNex images in 3..2..1..

    • Menger40

      Baldwinguy77 is my freakin’ hero.

      • RW-1

        Yep, we’ll be rocking it out shortly …

        • MikeSaver

          im on shiny and maybe i wont ever leave my GNEX until 4.4 is on the Moto X on Verizon!!

    • Adam Truelove
      • Eric

        He said he is starting tonight. Said nothing about it being updated.

        • Adam Truelove

          Same difference. I just assumed he would get it done quickly as he always has. It may take a bit longer considering the Gnex isn’t officially supported.

          • Eric

            I doubt it. He said he has class at 6. I would expect it tomorrow.

          • Adam Truelove

            Dude’s a student. He could finish it up in the wee morning hours. So yeah, hopefully we’ll have it tomorrow.

        • Chris Schmucker

          It took him only a couple hours to get 4.3 out. I wouldnt be surprised if its today.

          • Eric

            Yeah are 4.3 wasn’t a huge update.

          • Adam Truelove

            4.4 is a bigger update and doesn’t have official Gnex support, so it could take some time.


      That’s what I’ll do with my old GNex. It’s getting 4.4 while I keep my X clean. I was wondering what I would end up doing with it once I finally replaced it. I guess it won’t ever be truly put to rest.

  • James Heyneman

    Can’t wait for Cyanogenmod 10.3!

    • Kelvin Hong

      You mean Cyanogenmod 11 🙂

    • JoshGroff

      My note 2 is ready. Not so sure about my body though.

  • akazerotime

    The bigger question will be who will have 4.4 merged to Toro first w/ no bugs.

    • WalterWhite

      That should hold me off until December! Good bye Verizon.

    • Steve B

      Bet your ass it will be Baldwinguy. Best Toro dev in the community.

      • notstevejobs

        says steve baldwin.

        • Steve B

          Haha, nice. I like that.

      • RW-1

        +1 – Looking forward to it until I decide which carrier to go with on the N5, most likely in Feb …

      • humidity

        Wish Bugless Beast was still around… I’m still rockin’ it! Haha

        • Adam Truelove

          You should really make the switch to Shiny. If you’re a BB fan, Shiny is perfect for you. Pure AOSP with zero bugs. Even less modified than BB. And Shiny actually gets updated, usually within hours of AOSP getting updated.

    • Adam Truelove
      • akazerotime

        How anticlimactic. And just like that I am going back to Shiny. +1 Adam.

        • Adam Truelove

          Why would you run any other ROM?

          • akazerotime

            I used Shiny but didn’t see any difference in battery life between a standard and extended battery. Mods didn’t help either. Been using Liquid and it’s been really good but it’s been randomly rebooting. Tit for Tat I guess but i am switching back so that’s all that counts right?

          • Adam Truelove

            You’re looking for a ROM to cure the Gnex battery woes eh? Good luck.

          • akazerotime

            Liquid has done a good job so far. I get at least 12 hrs on my extended battery.