Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update: Everything Nexus Users Need to Know

Google has released second version update Android 4.4.2 for Nexus devices. This post explains why you should not update your phone manually.

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Google surprised Android users when it released the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. 4.4.2 Update came shortly following the release of Android 4.4.1 update to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. Users were expecting the Android 4.4.1 update to be the solution to all issues in new KitKat version but users were amazed to find Google rolling another KitKat update. You can skip the Android 4.4.1 for Android 4.4.2. A closer look at the fixes and additions should explain why.

Following the release of the Android 4.4 KitKat, Nexus 5 users started facing some issues. There were enough complaints to prompt Google to release an update quickly. The Android 4.4.1 KitKat update promised to fix bugs including upgrading camera features such as focus. It came as a bit of a surprise when Google started rolling out yet another Android 4.4 KitKat update after release of first update version. For users who are still thinking whether they should update their device or not should understand what Android 4.4.2 includes.

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Slow Roll Out

Users may have to wait longer to get Android 4.4.2 update for their device. According to a statement from Dan Morrill, a Google engineer:

“Rollouts are conducted in phases. Typically they start at 1% of devices for around 24 – 48 hours; we watch the return rates and resulting device checkins and error reports (if any), and make sure nothing looks wrong before sending it to more. Then typically it goes to 25%, 50%, and 100% over the course of a week or two. What the percentages mean is that when your device checks in, it has a 1% chance (for example) of being offered the OTA. If it doesn’t (randomly) get an offer, it will never get an offer until the next batch. OW, once your device checks in and gets turned down, that’s it until the next batch. Mashing on the “check for updates” button just causes your device to check in again, and get automatically turned down again. Think about how that makes your device feel! WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE PHONES?! That said, once the new batch does start, hitting that button does give you a new roll of the dice – but once. Since devices usually only check in for system updates every 24 hours (I think? Certainly on a many-hours basis) this can get you your shot sooner than it would happen on its own.”

Avoid Using Google Framework Services Trick

While Google slowly rolling out the new update, impatient users often look for other ways to install updates in their devices. Google Framework Services were considered a legal method before until issues on Nexus devices started surfacing. Google warned users about using such “trick.” As Morrill explained

“Doing this changes the primary ID by which Google knows your device. As far as the servers are concerned, the device was basically factory reset. There are many downstream effects of this, but a big one is that this invalidates the tokens used by any app that uses GCM (which is nearly all the Google apps, and a ton of third-party apps.)”
“While it may destroy the device entirely, the problems persisting after are also not worth the try. Instead, people can use “adb sideload” to install the update ahead of the OTA. “

Manual Updates

There are always manual upgrades files available for users after the official release of update. Users already found files for manual installation of the Android 4.4.2. These files let users use sideload and Android SDK to upgrade their devices. There can be a number of issues with manual installation, only those who are familiar with how to update manually should proceed with manual update.

Issues with 4.4.2 update

This 4.4.2 update brings Fix for clearing the VM Indicator, fix for delivery of the VM Indicator, various additional software fixes and some security enhancements in all Nexus Devices. There are still some problems with this latest update as the Nexus 5 users are complaining about low call volume with headsets. Nexus 4 users still have issues with the dialer.

So we suggest that those who are running just fine on Android 4.4 or Android 4.4.1 hold off on the Android 4.4.2 update until its all clear. You will receive a notification once an update is available. Till then, having patience is the key!

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