Android director of engineering David Burke announced just the other day that the team was working on Android 4.4.1, an update largely filled with bug fixes involving the Nexus 5 camera.
“All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out to Nexus 5,” Burke said. “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.”
However, the 4.4.1 update is more than just camera fixes since it’s going out to other Nexus devices (post Galaxy Nexus). Hit the break for the full changelog.
The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 4 started rolling already. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.
An IT administrator named Bogdan Alecu has discovered that Nexus phones receiving a flood of texts may start to function a little bit differently. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 are all effected by this new exploit that causes those phones to reboot, crash the messaging app, or even disable a network connection. While other devices seem to be safe, Alecu advises that he hasn’t tested many others. The bug is coming from Class 0 SMS messages that are not regularly stored on a handset.
A developer has already taken to the Play Store to release a fix. Class0Firewall is a free app that prevents the Class 0 SMS messages from sending your handset into a tailspin. Google has told PCWorld that they are looking into the issue; however, we have no timetable on when to expect a patch.
Source: DefCamp, Class0Firewall (Play Store)
As the over-the-air update KRT16S has been rolling out to Nexus 4 owners bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to their devices, some users have discovered some problems with their smartphones after the update. Reports indicate some users are having trouble with core functions like the dialer not working, different Quick Settings toggles not working and even the Home button being rendered inoperable. For the small number of users impacted by these problems, a couple different solutions have been identified that may give them some relief.
The Android 4.4 over the air update for Nexus 4 owners has just started rolling out, but it will be at least a couple days before the update is installed on all Nexus 4 devices. Last week Nexus 4 factory images were released, so it comes as no surprise that developers over at XDA have now posted links to the OTA update.
In order to install the update you will still need to use ADB sideload in recovery. Doing that however is a lot easier than installing the update through the factory image. If you are willing to go this route rather than just waiting for the update to reach your phone, it is recommended that you have a little technical knowledge and kind of know what you’re doing! There could be problems if this isn’t the case!
Nexus 4 owners have been wondering when they will get their chocolate fix, and the wait is finally over. It appears there were a few bugs in Android 4.4, which is most likely the reason why the Nexus 4 hadn’t received the OTA yet. In fact, most Nexus 7 devices hadn’t received it either. Now that Google squashed those pesky bugs with the KRT16O release, it appears business is as usual. As always, you might not get the update right away, but hang tight, it should get to you within a few days. If you’re really impatient, you can always flash the factory images.
Google has started to push out updated code for Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. The build, KRT16S, replaces the version that was released last week, KRT16O. Google indicates that factory images and proprietary binaries will also be available shortly. No details have been released about what is different in this latest version or what specific bugs are addressed that required such a quick release. There is no indication that the Nexus 5 is being impacted by this new build.
source: Android Build group
Amid over the air Android 4.4 updates to Google’s Nexus devices, Google has posted the factory images for both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013). Users can use these files to return their devices to stock settings on Android 4.4, essentially giving their phone or tablet a clean start. With the Nexus 4 images being released, we can’t be too far off from the OTA update.
Source: Google Developers
According to a Nexus 7 owner over on Reddit, that device and the Nexus 10 do not have the Google Experience Launcher after receiving today’s update to Android 4.4 KitKat. As we noted last week, Google said that the Google Experience Launcher would remain exclusive to the Nexus 5 because they want “to see how users take to the Launcher on Nexus 5 before it offers it on other devices.” This Nexus 7 owner says the only changes he notices are the different icons for apps like Settings and Camera and the switch from blue to white in the notification bar. The update did not bring Google Now on the far-left of the home screen and still has the home screen count at five.
Courtesy of @evleaks, we now have a reason to believe that the Nexus 4 may live on and coexist with the Nexus 5. He tweeted out the above image a few minutes ago, showing a log from a retailer that has both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 on file. Unlike every other installment of a Nexus device, this could mean that the Nexus 4 will continue to be sold after the Nexus 5 is finally announced.
What is even more interesting is that the price for last year’s Nexus phone would likely drop even more. If the Nexus 5 is supposed to be priced at $349, what will the Nexus 4 be? The N4 is currently listed at $199 for 8GB although it is not in stock. Maybe Google kept it listed because it isn’t leaving the Play Store. If the price drops to $149 without a contract, can you imagine the demand? Even though the specs are a little behind by now, that could prove to be a huge deal.