Android L. That’s the name of the next major release for Android that Google has planned. Announced and revealed at Google I/O, Google also released an early preview version of the OS intended for App developers to test and ready their apps. However, the preview version was only released for 2 devices – Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013. Nexus 4 owners were understandably unhappy at being left behind.
However, all was not lost as the developer community came to the rescue and ported the developer preview version to the Nexus 4. The ported version is, in some cases, an improvement over the original developer preview version that was released. Developers worked relentlessly to fix issues and add features as the ported ROM matured.
Soon after the release of KRT16O Factory Images and Binaries, Google has updated them with the KRT16S Factory Images and Binaries. Also, the OTA for Nexus 4 has begun and if you haven’t received an OTA update yet, you will probably be updating straight to KRT16S (happened to a friend of mine).
AndroidPolice has gone over the differences between KRT16O vs KRT16S and found that most of them were quite minor changes except the bug fix to full disk encryption and also an update to the kernel’s WLAN driver. Even if you don’t use full disk encryption, you should still flash over to KRT16S or allow the OTA update to install when it comes to you.
Should you need a guide on how to flash your Nexus back to stock from whatever ROM, you can let me know in the comments and I’ll help you out.
Almost 2 weeks after Google launched Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat, older generation Nexus devices have started receiving their OTAs. However, for those who were on custom ROMs (like my Nexus 4), you will need to use the factory images to flash back to stock KitKat 4.4 or continue using whichever custom ROMs that suit your needs. Google has finally published the stock factory images and I’ve just completed flashing my Nexus 4 back to stock (rooted) and set it up with the Google Experience Launcher.
The process to flash stock factory images onto Nexus devices isn’t that hard. It takes a little time and you probably will lose your applications (and their data), but you can choose to retain all your photos and files in your Nexus 4’s internal memory, if you wish. AndroidPolice has a detailed post about how to perform the process so you should probably head over there to read up on it if you are unfamiliar. Also, do keep in mind that Nexus 4’s KitKat upgrade does not come with the Google Experience Launcher (GEL) APK. Therefore, you will be unable to use the GEL launcher although most of the code is already present in the Google Search APK. To enable it is as simple as downloading the GEL APK from AndroidPolice and installing it onto your phone.
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Enjoy your new KitKat!
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AndroidPolice has just reported that the Android team tweeted the starting of Android 4.4 KitKat updates to older Nexus devices. Specifically, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 editions) and the Nexus 10 will begin receiving the update from today. However, Android devices with mobile data, meaning the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 3G and Nexus 7 2013 Edition with LTE will have to wait just a little longer.
Do keep in mind that this is begin receiving update. This does not mean that your device will receive its update immediately. For those of you who are impatient, there already have been several ROMs built from AOSP source or ported from the Nexus 5 available for some devices like the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 among a few others.
I’ve tested Paranoid Android’s AOSP KitKat release and I’m currently testing out Stockified KitKat which seems to be running quite nicely. I’ve been switching ROMs quite frequently on my Nexus 4 until my gf recently asked me about it. Having said that, I have an early OmniROM‘s 4.4 ROM sitting in my phone, waiting to be flashed. Should I do it?