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Android 4.4.1 Actually Coming Today to the Nexus 5

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This morning, a report surfaced suggesting that Android 4.4.1 would be rolling out to the Nexus 5 over the coming days to address its pitiful camera experience. According to the official Nexus Google+ page, the update is actually starting today.

Once we have the file, direct URL from Google, or confirmation of someone receiving the update, we’ll be sure to pass it along. We know how many of you now own the Nexus 5 and will surely be ready for an improved camera. I know we are. In our review, the camera is really the only negative we had for the phone and cannot wait to see how Google has addressed all of its issues. 

Here are the changes you can expect to see:

HDR+ lets you to take great shots in challenging environments, say where there’s a large contrast of bright and dark portions of the scene and also in low light situations. When you press the shutter button, instead of taking just one picture, we take a burst of shots in about 1/3 of a second, and apply computational photography to intelligently fuse images together.

All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out today to Nexus 5.It improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.

If that update shows up (Settings>About phone>System update), be sure to let us know.

Via:  +Nexus
  • yujing176
  • jamieFL

    The difference is night and day. Sound seems better also.

  • Richard Giordano

    Will any of the other nexus devices such as a nexus 7 2012 receive the same update or a similar one ?

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Finally. Not sure why they keep talking of good cameras, yet it’s always theirs that is crap

  • Adrynalyne

    I don’t have an N5 to see if the exchange issue is fixed, but there are some sizable patches to the exchange email client.

  • KPunk
    • geedee82

      Awesome! Thank you

    • Adrynalyne

      54mb, that for damn sure is not just a camera update. Sweet!

      • Luxferro

        it installed a new recovery, bootloader, and patched the radio and boot img, as well as whatever it did to system files, ect.

        • Adrynalyne

          I looked through it. Mostly google apps updates. Although, there was some patching done to the exchange email client, gallery, etc as well.

      • KPunk

        completely agree, currently installing via TWRP right now with stock OTA zip. should be done shortly very excited!

    • Morbid138

      How do I install this!?

      • andyrubin

        If you’re stock recovery and not rooted, you can ADB sideload it (if you don’t know what that means you probably shouldn’t be doing it)

        • Morbid138

          I’m rooted and on a custom kernel. I’m trying to figure out how to install it using ROM manager but it wipes your data. Is there any method to get without having to factory reset my phone?

          • Adrynalyne

            This has a new kernel, so not in your current condition.

          • Morbid138

            What if I’m just stock rom and rooted. I can flash back to stock kernel using Flashify right now.

          • Adrynalyne

            Then it should work fine, although if you give me 5 minutes, I’ll prep a version that has no recovery installer/patch in it.

          • Morbid138

            That’ll be great man. Thanks!

          • Adrynalyne

            Compressing and uploading now.

          • Adrynalyne

            https://mega.co.nz/#!M1YEzbZQ!Kww_FHvl6LndRcTP3yCPJg1K5Mck0k8hh_ASG5zPhG8

            At your own risk of course. Keep in mind that I cannot test it.

            Requires stock everything, except recovery (needs custom recovery).

            Root will probably be broken by it.

          • Morbid138

            Thanks!

          • Adrynalyne

            Let me know how it goes, it was a quick hackjob.

          • Morbid138

            Will this wipe my device?

          • Adrynalyne

            No, it shouldn’t. Nexus updates (OTA) usually don’t. Make a nandroid just in case though.

            If it does wipe it, let me know and I’ll kill the wipe command (though there shouldn’t be one).

          • Chris Ghubril

            I just tried to flash this and it failed. Stock rom and kernel and using the latest twrp. The same error that I get when I try to sideload it via adb in either twrp or stock recovery. Any ideas?

          • Adrynalyne

            Gotcha. There must have been a renamed file. In the future if that happens, post the error message in detail so I can see where it failed.

            Thanks!

          • Chris Ghubril

            It said that it failed in the /data/ while checking the system and had a status 7 error. Hope this makes sense. Haha

          • Adrynalyne

            Yeah it probably failed when checking one of the files.

            The way these updates work is like this:

            The installer scans each file to be patched and makes sure the md5 hash matches. If it does, then it patches. Unless that check passes in full, it will not patch. This prevents bricks.

            What it should have said is what file the check failed upon. Do you recall?

          • Chris Ghubril

            It didn’t say what file. Just said /data/ I just assumed that since at one point I was rooted I did something to that folder.

          • Adrynalyne

            Hmm, I’ll look over the installer later, and see if its looking at something in data. It shouldn’t though, especially if flashing the system again repaired it.

            It sucks not having a Nexus 5 to see for myself (Come on janurary!). Its possible Google removed verbose messages in recovery too.

          • Chris Ghubril

            Ya I thought it was weird that the /data/ had the error. But January is almost here! Good luck waiting for that long!

          • Luxferro

            you need to be completely stock (rom) or it won’t patch.

    • MistaButters

      I’ll check back after XDA makes a flashable zip. The one time a custom recovery and root kills you.

      • Adrynalyne

        I can edit it real quick for ya.

        • MistaButters

          I just flashed system.img for the stock 4.4 and was able to flash via twrp

    • KPunk

      Installed New system files, boot images, new radios, etc

  • rslh

    I hope it also fixes the VPN issue…

  • Adrynalyne

    My Note 3 is not pleased. Samsung. Not pleased at all.

    • Pedro

      You DID know you were buying a Note 3, didn’t you?

      Big screen, big battery, no updates.

      • Adrynalyne

        Yea, and were it not 200 bucks out the door (off contract), I wouldn’t have done it.

        I’m not expecting updates, but I like to piss on Samsung for not giving them when I can.

        • Pedro

          And if you didn’t buy it, you’d have $200 in your pocket and no desire to piss on Samsung.
          Samsung gets your money. Samsung gets your enmity.

          Who won that duel?
          Since Samsung has your money and doesn’t care about your well being…. Should we have a poll?

          • Adrynalyne

            If I didn’t buy it, I’d have 200 dollars in my pocket, and no phone. My wife stole my Note 2. So, I call it a draw. :p

          • Pedro

            Happy wife? You win.
            Though she may be complaining about her Note 3 not getting updated soon :)

            And you won’t have to worry about your Note 2.

          • Adrynalyne

            True that. contract ends next month! Yeeeeeeeeeehaaaa!

  • Colin James

    Will 4.4.1 be a Nexus exclusive or can Moto X users expect a 4.4.1?

    • Adrynalyne

      I’ve a feeling that past 4.4, Moto X users will probably not be seeing an OTA for every android version update. I know that sounds mean, but I just don’t foresee that happening.

      • grumpyfuzz

        i’m pretty sure the moto X will get a few minor updates, then another major android update. most OEMs support their device for 18 months, and it got one major update in 4 months. so a year from now, it will only be 16 months. and don’t forget, this is a start to a new motorola.

        • Adrynalyne

          I hope you are right, for the sake of the X owners out there.

          • grumpyfuzz

            I will be an owner of the X in a few days, so I hope that I am right :P

    • Chase Chick

      Good question, I’d especially be interested in knowing if there are any improvements to Android beyond the camera for us to get excited about?

    • brkshr

      Depends on what all is changed in 4.4.1. This could just be a camera update and/or bug fix for the Nexus 5. If there is anything more as far as bug fixes that benefits KitKat as a whole, then there’s a possibility the Moto X could get it. We won’t know until someone receives the update and figures out what all has been changed.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “starting today” – Read….Next Week for you.

    • brkshr

      “starting today” – Read… Everyone will have a flashable update sometime today.

      FTFY

    • andyrubin

      Yeah except there is an official flashable zip file in the comments already.

      Try again.

      • MistaButters

        It’s not flashable as is, but I’m sure there will be one shortly.

        • plasticzom

          It’s flashable as long as you’re stock and not rooted (rooted too depending on what you’ve done) sure.

        • brkshr

          Just flashed through TWRP. Stock, rooted.

          • MistaButters

            I removed most of the Google apps so I’m technically not stock. Grr.

  • Ben Modica

    Yay

  • geedee82

    Man I been fiendin’ for a camera fix

  • Andrew

    Still not update for me as of yet :(

  • housry23

    First I have to flash the stock recovery. Then I’ll check!

  • Sankyou

    Still going to wait for the next gen but this (should) make the N5 an awesome option. The camera was my only real complaint for the 2 weeks I owned the n5.

  • jbdan

    Wow that is quick!! Thanks goog

  • Shane Withers

    And so the hammering the “Check now” button begins :(

  • kolson76

    YES!

  • Colton

    can confirm: wish i had a nexus 5 to receive update