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Google releases Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets

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As previously promised, Google begins to unleash Android 4.4 KitKat for its Nexus phones and tablets. The first models to receive the update are the WiFi-only Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets with more to follow soon.
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Google has just announced the availability of Android 4.4 KitKat as an update for older Android devices, specifically the WiFi-only Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. Speaking about the Nexus 7, it seems both the 2012 and 2013 versions of the slate are receiving this software refresh.

"Starting today, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 will be getting a tasty update to Android 4.4, KitKat. Stay tuned, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 versions with mobile data will be getting the update soon!" says the message posted today on the official  Android page on Google Plus.

Unfortunately, it seems Google still has no plans to offer Android 4.4 KitKat as an official update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or older Nexus devices. Fortunately, independent developers are already porting the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version of KitKat.

Some of the changes brought by Android 4.4 KitKat like the new home screen and app launcher are still Nexus 5-exclusive features and there is no information regarding their availability for other devices. On the other hand new features like the full screen Immersive Mode or the updated Android keyboard with support for Emojis are available to all devices supported by Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5436 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11-13 (Update: 2013-11-14)