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Download: Android 4.4.1 for the Nexus 4 (Build KOT49E)

What, did you think only the Nexus 5 was getting the Android 4.4.1 love today? Not so fast. The 4.4.1 update file for the Nexus 4 is now available as well. We have the direct Google download link for you below to bring you to build KOT49E.

Download Link (51.9MB)

In order to sideload this, you’ll have to be running stock KRT16S. Sideload instructions can be found here

Update:  Random note, but after 4.4.1, the Nexus 4 lock screen has transparent nav and notification areas.

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  • kalai vanan

    how to get into stock recovery?? i have selected recovery mode in bootloader. an Android logo with a exclamation mark appears. but after that how to get into stock recovery..?????

  • kalai vanan

    hi,, i have followed all the steps as u mentioned .. all was fine till step 14. after step 14 i am pressing volume up and power button. but stock recovery is not showing up. help me with this. note: my device is rooted

    13. Select it with the Power button.
    14. Your device will boot to an Android logo with a exclamation mark.
    15. To jump past this, press Volume Up and Power at the same time.
    16. You will now be in stock recovery.

  • Goofyfoot2001

    Does this fix the voulme and buzz sound when switching screens on the nexus 7? Nexus is pretty much unusuable again. Who is on the bluetooth team over there? Flog em. Before this update, all was good again. This sht happened same time last year.

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  • Theeta

    Any improvements to the camera for N4 with this update ?

    • ratnok

      That’s what I’m waiting to hear. Get on it Droid-Life!!!

  • Anonymous Coward

    Hopefully the fixed the bluetooth issues introduced with 4.4. I noticed the radio is now .98 instead of .97

    • Ben Edwards

      What bluetooth issues did you have? I found BT after 4.4 was much better than 4.3.

  • You can use “update from phone storage” in the stock recovery to flash the update..

    • johndoez

      How do you get there I only see update from adb

    • Ishaan Rajiv

      No, you can’t. Sideload is the only way on stock recovery.

    • kalai vanan

      how to get into stock recovery?? i have selected recovery mode in bootloader. an Android logo with a exclamation mark appears. but after that how to get into stock recovery..???

  • Bob G

    What about transparency in the home screens?

    • ddowner001

      If you load the GEL it will become transparent.

      • malcmilli

        i have GEL but my nav bars arent transparent.

      • kalai vanan

        i am beginner. how to enable GEL??

        • ddowner001

          Do a search on Google+ for Google Experience Launcher APK. Download it on your phone. Make sure you have unknown sources checked in security settings and then install.

    • Theeta

      you could always use Nova launcher beta.. which supports transparency.
      or wait for the update to arrive for NOVA

  • inklenotrump

    hope this doesn’t error out like the first 4.4 update.. anyone know if this will work making the jump from 4.3- 4.4.1.. I couldn’t get 4.4 to take on my nexus 4?

    • rthvk

      “In order to sideload this, you’ll have to be running stock KRT16S”

      You’re out of luck

      • inklenotrump

        wait so you’re saying this will never be pushed OTA to the nexus 4? because that’s the implication of your statement.

        • rthvk

          No, I’m just saying that this specific download (linked in the post) cannot be used to update from your current build.

          • inklenotrump

            understood. but does it need to be iterative? IE can i go from 4.3 to 4.4.1 OTA if/when they push it OTA to nexus 4s? sorry obviously you’re not a forum but I can’t find that answer.

          • rthvk

            I don’t own the device, so I can’t say for sure. Sorry 🙁

          • moe6

            OTA’s gotta go through them one by one generally, especially minor updates. Just compare the two file sizes and you’ll understand why 4.3 can’t go directly to 4.4.1 via OTA.

          • Ishaan Rajiv

            I don’t think so. OTAs are generally specific to the current build, because they patch certain specified files and directories.. So, you have to go 4.3->4.3(build JWR66Y)->4.4->4.4.1. That’s what I think at least.

    • Pasha Maisuradze

      no it will not work u need tu update to 4.4 then update to this 4.4.1

  • Firelight

    Does this fix the EMail app and Exchange issues?

    • Vishnu Pradeep

      No Still have the Exchange issues.. The email app issues has not occurred since update. [updated to 4.4.1 1hour ago]

  • droid
  • Does this update the camera on the N4 as well?

    • Ryuuie

      It looks like it does make the camera focus faster on mine.

  • BlynkOfAnEye

    now bring an update to the Moto X and fix the stuff 4.4 broke! 4.2.2 ran like a dream; 4.4 not so much. The Active Notifications lockscreen lag is driving me nuts! rabble rabble rabble

    • capecodcarl

      Now with just our luck the Moto X won’t get this update for 6 months.

    • zurginator

      Welcome to the downside of chasing fast updates.

  • KleenDroid


  • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

    rip nelson mandela

    • ken147

      What does this have to do with 4.4.1?

      (I’m not saying his death isn’t important, but his death has nothing to do with this article.)

      • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

        show some respect ken

        • ken147

          Okay seriously, what does his death have to do with Kit Kat 4.4.1? Nothing.

          How am I being disrespectful?

          • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

            a great man died today and you aren’t paying any respects

          • ken147

            Did I say he wasn’t? No.

            I came here to read about android. I’ll read about Nelson Mandela on an article that is relevant to him.

          • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

            keep your negative thoughts to yourself please, ken

          • Robabobbob

            Don’t feed the troll Ken, he’s clearly hungry 😉

          • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

            robabobbob i do not live under a bridge thank you i am capable of feeding myself

          • Eric Bright

            Ken is right; what Mandela’s death has nothing to do with this article?

          • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

            eric bright what does your comment have to do with anything? why does the earth exist? what is the meaning of life?

    • Y8u

      t dont you talk calng

      • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

        excuse me y8u?

    • moe6

      rip paul walker