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Android 4.4 update to bring KitKat to the Google Nexus 7 ‘in the coming weeks’

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Android 4.4 KitKat
Android 4.4 KitKat

Following the Nexus 5 unveiling, Google has confirmed that an Android 4.4 update will be rolled out ‘in the coming weeks’ to bring KitKat to Google Nexus 7 and certain Samsung Galaxy S4 users.

Update: Google has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will not be privy to the Android 4.4 update. Unfortunately for owners of the phone, the handset does not meet Google’s 18-month window of update support.

With the latest confectionary based iteration of the operating system having launched today aboard the newly confirmed Google Nexus 5, the search turn software turn hardware giant has now revealed that an Android 4.4 update will land for a range of favoured devices shortly.

"HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks">Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks," the company stated during its official launch event.

While a Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update is tipped alongside the HTC One, these refer only to the Google Play sold vanilla Android additions of the phone. Standard S4 and One owners will have a considerable wait on their hands before getting the Android 4.4 update.

A relatively minor update on the now superseded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, Android 4.4 KitKat introduces a range of small improvements and minor features, with the operating system to be more accessible to not only users, but more basic handsets.

"Building a platform that makes mobile phones accessible for everyone has always been at the heart of Android," Google's Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps Sundar Pichai stated in unveiling the revised operating system.

With Android 4.4 having reducing the system demands on host phones, Pichai revealed that KitKat will “run comfortably” as long as phones have just 512MB of RAM.

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Warrains

November 3, 2013, 5:30 am

The upgrade won't be of any use to the huge number of owners of the new Google Nexus 7 who are having significant hardware problems that Google is trying to ignore. Both Google and Asus seem to have stuck their head in the sand. Check out the user fury at: http://productforums.google.co...

One of those guys

November 4, 2013, 4:32 pm

And... what percentage of owners are having those issues?

That thread looks like a few very loud, very angry people venting as much as they can. In other words something that happens with just about any large scale tech product launch.

Without hard data about #'s of people affected, it seems pretty unconvincing to rely on that sort of unreliable information.

4.4 (Kitkat) will help reduce a lot of fragmentation issues since it'll run on older phones, giving constant android detractors one less thing to bang on about.

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