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Download: Android 4.4.1 Update for the Nexus 7 LTE 2013 (Build KOT49E)

Don’t worry, Nexus 7 owners – you are getting the Android 4.4.1 love today as well. This is first build of the newly-released Kit Kat OS available for an Android tablet, and only installable for owners of the Nexus 7 LTE 2013 model. If you have any other model, do not attempt to sideload this file. We have the direct Google download link for you below to bring you to build KOT49E. 

Download Link (52.8MB)

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

  • Joe

    Just got a nexus 7 with android 4.4! Simple question! Can I use it as a phone and how do I do that? Thanks!

  • Kevin

    Where is the update for the Nexus 10?

  • Tom Yarrish

    Apparently the 2013 WiFi update is out now too. There are a few postings in the Nexus 7 Google+ Group.

  • HotRodJohnson

    Hey Dude! you dropped your tablet.

  • KaoriCamellia

    I updated my N72013-wifi two days ago to 4.4, and felt the thrill of being at the forefront of advancement. Time marches on, lol.

  • Scott Capodice

    Lol wonder if moto x will get this ota before my nexus 7 2013….

  • Y8u

    🙂 nice

  • The_Omnix

    I decided not to root my 2013 Nexus 7 and waited almost two weeks for 4.4. So I’m not expecting 4.4.1 anytime soon, but confused as to why the LTE update got posted first…that makes no sense to me.

    • Ian

      Well Google/Android never gave an information explaining how they decide the order of their updates so I can kind of see why you would be confused. It also probably doesn’t help that because a few updates come out in succession leading with the wifi model, it causes many people to assume things will always be this way with no factual indication whatsoever.

    • Gr8Ray

      You don’t have to root your N7 to sideload updates before they come down automatically.

  • Michael Pahl

    yo, why is your nexus in the dirt?

  • droidrazredge

    @Tim-o-tato or anyone else does this build of 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 7 LTE add translucent bars like I did on the Nexus 4 build of 4.4.1 ?

    • joshkay

      I highly doubt it will. It looks like the translucent bars are part of the GEL. You could always install the apk for that and use it. I’ve been using it on my 2012 Nexus 7 since the 4.4 update was released.

      • droidrazredge

        That’s exactly what I was thinking you had to side-load the GEL from the Nexus 5 Kit Kat build; however Kellen made an update to the Nexus 4 post and now I’m confused as to how Google made it available on the Nexus 4 without GEL

        Droid-Life Post: http://www.droid-life.com/2013/12/05/download-android-4-4-1-for-the-nexus-4-build-kot49e/

        • rthvk

          This is the same way the Moto X does transparency — mods to the stock launcher.

          • Boblank84

            Your not. There is a flashable zip on xda somewhere that gives the 7 transparent bars on the Lockscreen.

      • barrmy

        that’s not entirely accurate…kit kat allows for transparency, and apps (like GEL, nova, and many others now) can then leverage that and use it..the stock launcher in 4.4.(0) did not have transparency but plenty of 3rd party launchers used it

        • joshkay

          That’s right. I completely forgot Nova has the ability to utilize it as well. Has apex or action taken advantage of it yet?

          • Dave Whyte

            Action Launcher has. I’m using it on my N7 now.

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

    • rthvk

      Yep! There’s a full DL guide to sideloading using ADB in the post too, if that’s more your thing.

      • Pierito

        Thnx Boo

      • Milind Shah

        DL Staff? Umm, Are you new to the team or you’ve been here long before that? 🙂

        • rthvk

          Hah I’m a commenting mod under Tim.

          I started yesterday, but I’ve been around a lot longer. 🙂

    • Cowboydroid

      Does that option only appear after having moved the file over? Because it doesn’t show up at the moment…only four options, and that is not one of them.

  • Mitchman

    Does this update improve the Nexus 7 camera as well? I just haven’t been impressed with my selfies to date.

    • kaufkin

      Maybe the problem isn’t the camera 😉

  • brkshr

    This is the first time I’ve seen an LTE version updated before the WiFi version. That’s the main reason I wanted the WiFi model over LTE. Hmm…

    • Mitchman

      I’m half expecting a Moto X update to get posted before our WiFi version.

      • rthvk

        Nah, at least factory images or the update.zip will likely by the time the X is updated.

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  • AbbyZFresh

    Waiting for the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and Moto X version.

    • Ian

      I’m waiting for the HTC One version.

    • rthvk

      Yeah, seems the LTE always gets the updates first (4.3.1).

      Dealbreaker that Verizon still has problems with it though.

      • Hothfox

        Wait, what? The LTE version gets updates first? The 4.4 update got sent to the WiFi 2013 model first.

        • Ian

          Along with every other update except the one mentioned in the post.

          • Hothfox

            Exactly! So the ONE TIME the LTE model gets an update first, everyone’s in a tizzy. *sigh* No pleasing some people.

          • rthvk

            Hey, I never did get 4.3.1! 😛

            Although I do think the fixes were LTE-specific.

    • r0l

      If this is just AOSP camera changes I doubt any OEM will bother with this release since they all use their own camera app.

  • wh1te_mag1c

    Waiting for the Wi-Fi version..

    • Ian

      no way!

      • Ian

        At least 3 other people are waiting for the wi-fi update as well (judging from the down votes).

        disclaimer: I also have the wifi version