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

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, 2013-11-13 (Update: 2013-11-14)
Codrut Nistor
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.