Android 4.4 KitKat to begin rollout to Nexus 7 and 10 today

The latest version of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet really impressed us when we reviewed it earlier this month, and for those who have already purchased it or its predecessor, we’ve got some great news to share.

The Android team has tweeted that the Nexus 7 (both the 2012 and 2013 versions) and the larger Nexus 10 will shortly receive the latest version of Google’s OS. Starting later today, Android 4.4 KitKat will begin rolling out to these devices, following its début on the new Nexus 5 at the end of October.

Unfortunately, those with the cellular versions of the Nexus 7 will have to wait just a little bit longer, as will owners of the Nexus 4 handset. Google hasn’t publicly revealed a date for when these devices will get KitKat, but promises that they “will be getting the update soon”.

Google does not yet appear to be reconsidering its decision not to update the two-year-old Galaxy Nexus though. Thousands of owners of the device signed a petition requesting that the company reverse its position, despite the handset falling outside of Google’s 18-month update window for Android devices. 

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Google is awesome! Google Experience launcher is out for everyone now. Well for Android 4.1+.
They are on a roll just whipping out the updates. Gotta love em!

I'd say don't be too impatient for it. Running the nexus 5 right now and having loads of issues with kitkat. Especially with Google hangouts.

typu said,

yeeeah totally /s

You think they are good?

The Nexus 4 launch was terrible, the Nexus 5 launched with zero announcement, 4.3 update took weeks to roll out, and I think the same will be true with 4.4

i dont think google minds whether they sell 1 or 1 million nexus devices, my understanding was that they were really just a technological showcase essentially with what they think the direction phone makers should be going....a reference if you will.

the update cycles are quite good for the nexus line. you cant deny that.

the availablity, i guess it will improve over time. their focus is not the same as e.g. samsung with the galaxy series.

typu said,
the update cycles are quite good for the nexus line. you cant deny that.

the availablity, i guess it will improve over time. their focus is not the same as e.g. samsung with the galaxy series.

Yeah i dont think theyre trying to compete with Samsung etc..cause itll put em off. Vendors are hating on MS for releasing the surface as actual competition..

think so too. google profits more from the whole android ecosystem of oem's as they would gain on their own. so it's a win win.

on the other side, there is no competition around where the oem's could shift to. imo windows phone is years off and apart from that is nothing around.

Having read a few articles on this launcher I am still unsure what is so special about it and how it differs from the standard launcher.

Depicus said,
Having read a few articles on this launcher I am still unsure what is so special about it and how it differs from the standard launcher.

Well, the new launcher has Google Now integrated and more eye candy. The status bar is transparent and much of the app drawer has been redesigned.

yowanvista said,
Unfortunately the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 won't be getting the new 'Experience launcher' found on the Nexus 5.

its easy to manually install, I have it running on two unsupported devices...theres threads all over xda regarding how to install th launcher on tons of devices

Are you talking about (pun intended) pressing the button and speaking or the ability when on the first screen to say "OK Google how far is Shepton Mallet from here" ? because the later does not work for me.

the latter...if you've manually installed the new launcher you have to make sure the default language is set to english US, then google now is voice activated by saying "ok google"

what device do you have?

AFAIK the language default must be set to English US

you can change it by;

-Pressing and Holding somewhere on your phone where it
empty(no apps just the wall paper) you will now see Settings
-Select Settings
-then Voice
-then Language Select English then US .
-Then if you don't see Hotword Detection go back a menu then go back to Voice and you will see it, it should be ticked if not then tick it,
-Then go to your home screen and you will be able
to say Okay Google.

Thanks but seems a bit pants. Saying "Ok Google show me my last email" just did a google search, indeed anything that might be useful just seems to do a search

Depicus said,
Having read a few articles on this launcher I am still unsure what is so special about it and how it differs from the standard launcher.

It is quite a bit different, a lot actually, and is awesome.
I installed many of the apk files taken from the Nexus 5 on my non-rooted Nexus 4 and am just loving the new look and features.