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Android 4.4.2 Rolling Out to Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, Possibly More (Updated)

We received a report a moment ago from a reader who was notified to update his Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 4.4.2 (build KOT49H). We’re still awaiting more info from him, but a user on reddit and another on XDA also are confirming the arrival of yet another update.

We should point out that Sprint support is showing that the Nexus 5 is due an update to build KRT49H (pretty sure it’s KOT49H) today, which is a build we have yet to see. The Nexus 5 just received its Android 4.4.1 update last week as build KOT49E

Sprint lists the changelog as being:

  • Fix for clearing the VM Indicator
  • Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator
  • Various additional software fixes
  • Security enhancements

UPDATE:  Screenshot added. The update is indeed rolling out as KOT49H (Android 4.4.2).

UPDATE 2:  Here is the Nexus 5 direct OTA update link. [Download Link]

UPDATE 3:  We now have reports of the Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 4 receiving the update as well.

UPDATE 4:  Here is the Nexus 4 direct OTA update link. [Download Link]

UPDATE 5:  Here is the Nexus 7 (2013) OTA update link. [Download Link]

UPDATE 6:  Here is the Nexus 10 direct OTA update link. [Download Link]

Via:  reddit | XDA | Sprint
Cheers Andrew and KPunk!
  • Niels Kristian Bitsch

    I received KOT49H pushed to my Nexus 5 yesterday.. It seems to have improved the camera focus issue radically..

  • Adam Buff

    Still not a single update 4.4.1 or .2 on my 2013 n7 LTE or n5

  • devaughn currie

    Using Blutooth and WiFi at the same time is now broken again was fixed in 4.4 broke again in 4.4.2. Has only work correctly in 4.2 and 4.4

  • Hawk888

    Just got my 4.2.2 on my OG Nexus 7 as well.

  • Bry

    Just got 4.4.2 ota in the UK

  • ej

    I got the notice to upgrade OTA on my Nexus 5, when I try to upgrade I get the message, process com.google.process.gapps has stopped. OK, anyone know the cause or cure? Thanks

  • AG

    I am using N5. I never inserted a SIM to the phone as I am using another phone. I am not getting any updates, neither 4.4.1 or 4.4.2. It will come only via GSM, not wifi?

  • alex drum

    The powerbar Is new on my 2012 nexus 7

  • Joseph

    My nexus 7 (2012) got the 4.4.2 update whilst my nexus 5 is on 4.4 still…. Logic… At least I’ve got it on 1 device 🙂

    • CraigBoyte

      I have the exact same situation here

  • Albert Paul

    Screencap of 4.4.2 shows it’s a 54 mb update while offline update lists here for Nexus 5 shows only 1.7 mb ??? May be those who didn’t get 4.4.1, it’s included in 4.4.2 ? I’m confused whether to sideload this 4.4.2 or wait for official online system update !!!

  • Chris Wortman

    Instead of waiting for Google to get their act together, I simply ADB Sideloaded 4.4.1 and 4.4.2, the procedure is so simple a toddler could do it. I got so sick of waiting. Next update I am going to download it onto my PC, and sideload it. So much easier than waiting for fixes that already exist.

  • oldanbo

    I meant 2012 Nexus 7, sorry.

  • iNomNomAwesome

    Are 4.4.1 an 4.4.2 gonna fix the Bluetooth music that 4.4 broke?

  • jamaall

    4.4 on my Nexus 7 actually made my experience worse with wifi issues and issues in chrome among others. I’m glad they’re sending out patches for it quickly. Though I never even got 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 is already rolling out lmao

  • dbdroid

    Just got 4.4.2 on my Nexus 10

  • Deusx

    If only 4.4.2 fixed issues with email sync. Some people are reporting that the exchange issues have been fixed, but other people are still having issues with other protocols. For me a POP3 account that I have gets stuck in a sync loop and kills the battery in a matter of hours. If you have been having similar issues post in this google support thread: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/nexus/contacts-and-sync/nexus-5/8FGjFTNkcPU , I created it myself to bring attention to the fact that the email sync issue is not exclusive to exchange accounts.

  • Godzilla

    Why no links for OG Nexus 7?

  • Andre Hill

    i haven’t got any of ota updates yet…..:( anybody know why?

    • LionStone

      Same here

      • Andre Hill

        iv tried manually, and still cant update

        • LionStone

          Yea, I’m just leaving well enough alone…I do look forward to the update for my N5 for the removal of voicemail notification…

    • Brad

      could take months to roll out. If you check and are rejected during a phase of the roll-out, you don’t get another chance to get it til the next phase.

  • Percise Windom

    I got my update on my Nexus 7 2013

  • Clintro

    Got it here

  • rotard777

    For some reason i feel like the delayed release of 4.4 to the nexus line was partially on purpose. Before then the moto x was not selling as well as they hoped, imagine if they blew everyones minds away by releasing 4.4 on the X. everyone instantly wants one, then they have the 150 off moto x sale. I think it was a slight set up to hype the moto x and try to get it sell. Of course i still think it was delayed at first but further delayed to promote the amazingness of Moto and the X

  • Michael Sahaid

    My Nexus 7 (2013) got 4.4.2 OTA.

  • fakename

    I think you have the links to the OTA files mislabeled: the wifi Nexus 7 2013 build number for 4.4.1 is KOT49E but the OTA link for the Nexus 10 shows “from KOT49E” and the Nexus 7 link says something else.

  • MrT

    Stupid update button. Such a placebo…

  • You all are a bunch of wussies. I’m on 4.3 on my GNex and I’m content with the fact it’s not going any further! That’s being tough right there!

  • cleffy
  • Brad Dickmann

    2012 Nexus 7 just got 4.4.2. Never got 4.4.1

  • Jonathan

    Just got the notification when i was going to sideload it 😀

  • Seb

    I’m on the nexus 4 and I just received the update

  • a3uge

    Did anyone even get the 4.4.1 update OTA?

    • LionStone

      Nope…N5 or N7’13

  • guest

    Automatic OTA from 4.4.1 with TWRP, 1.7 MB

  • Capt. Crunch

    Wow my 4.4 Nexus 5 is now 2 versions behind :'(

  • p0k3y

    Nexus 5 here. Can I let it do the update automatically if I got TWRP? If not, where can I find the zip that it downloaded? Thanks.

  • cleffy

    I couldn’t sideload the OTA from that nexus 7 2013 link, since it is KRT16S to KOT49H. Need the OTA for KOT49E to KOT49H.

  • Mike Fromson

    Downloaded for my N5 and flashed with TWRP like any normal zip…worked like a charm! Thanks DL!!!

  • David VanHouse

    the OTA files sizes will differ depending on wether or not a device already has 4.4.1 installed. The <2mb OTA files assume 4.4.1 is already installed.

  • sagisarius

    It just got the over the air installed to my Nexus 4, one thing it adds is better support for that new launcher… on 4.4 the lock screen still had black bars, with 4.4 it’s all transparent now.

  • Sean Elliott

    Still haven’t gotten 4.4.1 on T-Mobile, anyone else on T-Mobile not received either?

    • Skittlez

      i didn’t but it doesn’t go by carrier. i got the 4.4.2 noti once i read this article like an hour ago

      • Sean Elliott

        Yeah I didn’t think it did but I just wasn’t sure.

  • jbdan

    Love me some Nexus updates go Google!

  • Brenden Keene

    hahaha! I just got it as I started reading this! Skipped 4.4.1 but that’s fine with me!

  • Been waiting for my Nexus 5 update to 4.4.1 since it was announced, went and clicked update and now it’s updating to 4.2.2 woot.

    • Josh Sleeper

      I’d love to think that it’s “updating” to 4.2.2, not 4.4.2. 😉

  • Giovanni Palazzo

    My nexus 4 is running 4.4, can I jump to 4.4.2?

    • Skittlez


    • sagisarius

      yeah, mine just did

  • m1ghtysauc3

    I hadn’t even gotten 4.4.1 yet (2012 N7). After reading this I went to theAbout section and hit the update button and tada! 4.4.2

  • zapote21

    The N7 update file is from 4.4 Mine is on 4.4.1

  • cubajr

    Just got it on my Nexus 4. Brazil here.

  • g2gsr

    Sort of off topic. If anybody has a screenshot of KitKat, right out of the box on the N5, please go edit the wiki page


    I can’t find my “out of the box”

    • grumpyfuzz

      Well, the Nexus 4’s launcher is from aosp, while the Nexus 5 uses a custom one, the google experience launcher.

  • Tony Byatt

    Y’all may need to redo your N5 Camera review…4.4.2 seems to have really improved the camera…

  • guest

    1.7 MB on N5

  • Jack

    Can I install this update on my 2013 Nexus 7 rooted and unlock? or Do i have to relock and unrooted before this? Thanks

    • roguereversal

      if you still have stock recovery, then you’re fine for the OTA

      if you have a custom recovery installed )aka clockworkMod or TWRP) then you have to either go back to stock recovery for the OTA, or wait for someone to post a flashable zip file of the update which you can then just flash using your custom recovery

  • Tony Petraglia
  • CHRIS42060

    No hangout update, and still on 4.4……. What did my N5 ever do to cause Google to hate it? Poor guy just wants a little love.

  • Kyle

    Do you guys remember the days when it used to be “man…that’s BS i’m still on froyo and everyones got ICS!” now folks be complaining…”Man i’m on 4.4 and haven’t even gotten 4.4.1 yet…that’s BS!” LOL 😛

    • Kevin

      These are nexus phones were talking about here though. There’s still a lot of phones that don’t even have Kit Kat yet.

  • Rovert Alonzo

    I got OTA 4.2.2 in my Nexus 4 a minute ago. This is in Mexico

    • Ian

      Going backwards?

      Don’t worry, lots of tech sites keep fat fingering the version code.

  • nvitone23

    If I am stock rooted on my N5 and I take an OTA update will I lose root?!

    • Shawn Meilicke


      • nvitone23


    • Godzilla

      Just use the Nexus toolkit

      • nvitone23

        i have a mac and i dont think the toolkit is 4.4.1 or 4.4.2 ready yet

  • Robert Williames

    Mine just got the OTA 4.4.2

  • RanjeetChoudhary

    Never got 4.4.1 on my nexus 5 but just now got 4.4.2

  • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

    Wow! I am dismayed by the amount of android updates to the kit kat operating system that seem to be released at a weekly rate!

    • Mike Palmer

      yeah it’s almost at number 3 lol. It’s only 2 updates….

      • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

        Mike Palmer, Please join me in the fight against constant updates! ~sambit

  • JimBurke57

    Just got the update for my N5 and N7 FHD.

  • lord snooty

    Well, just installed 4.4.2 on my Nexus 4 about 20 minutes ago! (Its 10:00pm in the UK)

  • Tony Byatt

    I got tired of waiting for the 4.4.1 update on my Nexus 5 so I sideloaded it and once it finished the 4.4.2 update popped up immediately. Installing now…

  • Melkis

    I just got it for my Nexus 4

    • inklenotrump

      is that 4.4 – 4.1-4.2 or just 4.4 – 4.2?

      • sagisarius

        4.4.2 just installed on mine

  • rslh

    Just got it on my Nexus 7 2013, but that means I’ll have to re-root. Yet again! ha!


    getting download now… 54.0 MB on N5

  • amar

    I too got straight from 4.4 to 4.4.2 on my Nexus 5 . From one of the pics above notice there are no camera improvements on Nexus 4

  • thefullritz

    Got my notification for 4.4.2

  • Luis Soltero

    I was just tired of waiting 4.4.1, I just sideloaded it, then switched to ART (instead of Dalvik) then waited for it to upgrade my apps, after it finally came into the system, bang, it had it ready for another upgrade of 1.8Mb on a Nexus 4.

  • conrad owens

    It took 3 weeks for my N7 2013 to get 4.4 …Not holding my breath for this. :/

  • Houman Tarash

    I can confirm that I just got 4.4.2 straight from 4.4 version in Australia

  • Nideda24

    Just got the update on my Nexus 5, rooted, custom recovery, custom kernel, and xposed mods. Surprised it even came through as an OTA.

  • Tomen8r

    Just went from 4.4 to 4.4.2. Nothing in between those versions for OTA’s.

  • disqus_w81c7FKsau

    CORRECTION: I just checked for updates. I am now receiving a 39 MB file Android 4.4.2 System Update on my Nexus 7 (2012) Wifi!

  • disqus_w81c7FKsau

    Nexus 7 (2012) Wifi – no update other than 4.4 thus far.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I just got the update on my Nexus 7.

  • reneMAC

    my n7 just got offered 4.4.2 while I was sideloading 4.4.2 onto my n5

  • interstellarmind

    I haven’t even gotten 4.4.1, yet!

    Does this mean I’ll be getting TWO updates? Or will 4.4.2 cancel out 4.4.1?

    Wither way, gotta love the Nexus program!!

    • Skittlez

      4.4.2 cancels out. i didn’t get 4.4.1 and just checked and got notified of 4.4.2

  • boybert

    I’m still getting pretty frequent (>3/week) reboots on my N7 (2013) WiFi model. It is made worse by the fact that I have the device encrypted and for some reason there is a very loud and annoying clicking sound that plays at the decrypt screen. It makes a click noise every few seconds (as if to alert or remind you that you need to enter your password) and has woken me up or disturbed meetings several times now. (It gets worse as actually entering your PW makes a loud click with every keypress). Doesn’t seem to be a way to turn this sound off or mute it.

    • Ryuuie

      You need to RMA your device.

      • boybert

        Thanks – that was the impression I was getting from the Google forums. I just opened a ticket with Google support to hopefully start that train in motion.

  • Ryan Gullett

    Just once I wish I was part of the first roll out stage in these things.

    • Skittlez

      for some reason, i think it’s alphabetical order by gmail account. mine starts with v and always takes days to get mine. my buddy is R and never got his 4.4.1, but now i have the 4.4.2 noti. just a thought

      • Daniel Russell

        Mine starts with d and I haven’t gotten 4.4.1 nor 4.4.2 for my nexus 7. I think random is probably the best guess.

        • Skittlez

          then there goes my theory. i need to be day 1 on one of these updates. this is ridiculous. i guess we can count this one as day 1 though

          • Ryan Gullett

            I really don’t care if I get mine day 1. But I guess I would prefer it to be more random? Cause it seems its always the same roll out. So whatever order I am in, its usually towards the end. Also just really curious how they send these things out. By the number of the device? Date? Region? State? Always wondered.

          • trespasser

            Everybody chill… I’m on Euro version N5, live in Czech rep., still on 4.4 and humbly waiting for (any) update. 🙂

      • Raven
      • Ionitza Theo

        Yes,you are right. I have a friend who’s email account starys with a, and received his update yesterday. We own the same nexus 7 2012 tablet. My ,gmail account is way to the end of the alphabet,so i am still at 4.4

    • Fadeley

      I was part of the first roll out and it was beautiful.

      • brendan laroche

        I was one of the first for 4.4 it was great

  • enigmaco

    Interesting Google is doing great keeping moto x and nexus users happy.

  • AbbyZFresh


    Looks like 5.0 Key Lime Pie is coming sooner than we thought.

    • Adrynalyne

      K has been used already,

    • TylerChappell

      Lern 2 math.

  • Brian

    I just got 4.4.2 on my N4 http://i.imgur.com/Zw07OVa.jpg

  • Skittlez

    do you have to do it over wifi?

  • Lorenzo Rey Camejo

    I haven’t even goy 4.4.1 on my nexus 5, wtf is this

    • Skittlez

      i didn’t either, and just checked and got the noti for 4.4.2

  • TSK

    maybe this is why the staged rollouts works? when they find issues with updates, they quickly pull and fix the issues then re-release? It seems that most people didn’t get 4.4.1 but a lot are reporting 4.4.2

    • starnovsky

      Yes, I think it’s exactly the point.

    • NexusMan

      Does anyone know how to notify Google when a bug is discovered?

  • starnovsky

    I guess my Nexus 4 will go straight to 4.4.2. I didn’t get 4.4.1 yet. The beauty of staged rollout – allows Google to skip some.

  • Nicholas Kent

    I had been checked obsessively for 4.4.1 and just now found this on my Nexus 5:

    • Aaron Davidson

      I haven’t gotten either yet on my Nexus 5.

  • AloXander

    Since the 4.4.1 update, my Nexus 5 battery has been draining much more quickly, and I think the culprit has been Google Play Services. I wonder if this is a fix.

  • markgbe


  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    4.4.2 lol i haven’t even received 4.4.1 yet.

  • bigscreenboogie

    I just received this on my Nexus 10

    • Skittlez

      this is what i was looking for. yes!

  • Mark Roan

    Nexus 5 OTA. Never received 4.4.1. 54.0 MB for me.

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    Does anyone know what the changes are in this update?

    • Skittlez

      verbatim: The update improves the Nexus 5 camera with faster shooting (less shutter lag, less motion blur); faster more accurate focusing; better white balancing for truer colors; and more accurate exposures. The update also includes other bug fixes and performance improvements.

  • Yaniv

    Just received the 4.4.2 update (Nexus 7 2013)

  • AndrewScottRox

    Let’s hold out for 4.4.3. Whaddya say?


      Or 5.0 Lollipop
      (yes that’s the next name most likely. Read it on the Internet)

      • j7981

        Read it on the internet? Must be true! xD

        • ILOVEBAC0N


  • DubiniD

    This just popped on my n7 ( 2012 ) …

  • KPunk
  • Ryan Powell

    Google is trying to make everyone forget how the Moto X got 4.4 before a lot of Nexus devices so they are sending out updates every week now.

    • Ryuuie

      This would be hilarious if it were true

    • iNomNomAwesome

      Are 4.4.1 an 4.4.2 gonna fix the Bluetooth music that 4.4 broke??

      • Chris Wortman

        works here

    • Chris Wortman

      Ok so Motorola got their hands on the 4.4 rom and made sure their drivers worked, and rolled it out without much testing. On a device with a dual core processor and crappy screen and camera. You are comparing Motorola to Google who actually test their stuff after the last update that apparently wiped some users data. In fact the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 could sideload them on there, the roms being available for TESTING. Also 4.3 wasn’t that bad, and only minor additives were added in 4.4. Not to mention 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 are only Nexus 5 improvements and have no bearing on the previous Nexus lines. I really find nothing in your statement to be of any importance. You are comparing Google, to a 2 bit hack like Motorola who is notorious for selling “unlocked” phones with locked boot-loaders and no way of unlocking them. The company that release phones with piss poor screens known to shatters in people’s ears with no apparent cause? If they were any other company I would not have an issue with your statement, but this is Motorola, the only company WORSE than Apple.

      • Ryan Powell

        It was a lighthearted joke. Not that serious of a comment.

        • J2

          Yeah, but jokes are funny.

      • someguy

        Doesn’t Google own Motorola?

      • Darian

        Um …..You know Motorola is now run and owned by Google Yea? #underarock

  • kdietze3

    Nexus 4 here. Just updated to 4.4.2

  • Zachery Schiller

    I just got 4.4.2 from 4.4 (never got 4.4.1) and came here to see what was going on. It’s updating now.

  • Devin

    I had to sideload the 4.4.1 because I got tired of waiting, but already got the 4.4.2 update just now after reading this.

  • Tylar Overturf
  • Pete Arado

    Yep, I just got a 4.4.2 update on my Nexus 5. Weird.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    My N7 2013 ota hasn’t received 4.4.1 yet.

    • hfoster52


    • 15kramsmada15

      Mine didn’t get 4.4.1, but now it’s getting 4.4.2. I couldn’t care less, but why the inconsistency? Also it took more than a week for my Nexus 7 to get Kit Kat.

      • Adrynalyne

        The only reason they would do this would be a problem found in 4.4.1.

  • Carlos Lopez

    This is bs i still don’t even have 4.4.1

    • A Big Nerd That Eats Toblerone

      My Mum does on her Nexus 4, the Nexus 7 has it. My Nexus 5 doesn’t.

    • JayK

      …which is probably a good thing. 4.4.2 must have fixed issues discovered from the 4.4.1 rollout feedback

      • Carlos Lopez

        well as long as i get either of them i’ll be happy

        • Joseph J Pfister

          My guess is you won’t be happy if you get 4.4.1 now… Just sayin’ 🙂

    • Some devices are going from 4.4 to 4.4.2. I never manually installed 4.4.1, and I just got 4.4.2 on my Nexus 5.

      • m1ghtysauc3

        Yeah I just went from 4.4 to 4.4.2 on my 2012 N7.

    • Blue Sun

      lrn 2 sideload.

    • Julian Hardy

      I never got 4.4.1 on my Nexus 4, but just got 4.4.2.
      If they found some issues with 4.4.1 on some devices, I would rather NOT get it, and waiting an extra week or so for an improved OTA sounds like a good idea to me!

  • My HTC One is still on 4.4, for such simple update i’d expect it to be quicker

  • KPunk

    Nexus 5 here just received it 1.7 MB update. sorry wasn’t able to capture OTA link took me off guard.