Android 4.4.2 update rolling out, stepping on the toes of Android 4.4.1

December 9, 2013
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In the midst of Android 4.4 being updated to 4.4.1, some users are reporting another update on top of that one. This one brings the Nexus 5 to Android 4.4.2, and it’s all about the camera. Google is hoping to make the camera faster, better, as well as taking care of the infamous “bug fixes”.


The full dialogue of the update, which you can see above, makes it pretty clear what this one is all about. It’s also a bit confusing, since the 4.4.1 update was supposed to take care of our camera woes and wants. Either it didn’t, or Google just had more work to do. The language in the update is similar to what we knew of the 4.4.1 update: faster shutter, better exposure, etc.

It also puts Nexus 5 owners two full updates behind, if they haven’t yet received the 4.4.1 update. We’re not sure if this means they’ll skip the 4.4.1 update altogether, or if they will simply get the two back-to-back. Either way, it’s a confusing picture Google has painted.

Some are even reporting seeing the update on their Nexus 4 and 7 devices, though we aren’t sure if they’ve been side loaded or not — or if they’re accurate. Either way, while we appreciate the updates, we’d rather see Google get it right the first time, even if it meant we had to wait a bit longer. So far it seems like we’re seeing a camera update to the camera update, and that smacks of turmoil on Google’s end.


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  • The Doom Master

    For all u wondering Whatsapp working on 4.4.2 tested on my N5

    • Wayne

      Are you using Dalvik or ART? WhatsApp is still broken on my N4 with 4.2.2.

      • The Doom Master

        i had Whatsapp b4 the update after the update i switched to ART and Whatsapp was still working.
        BTW ART dont exist on N4

      • Kevin Jones

        ART must be activated on the N4 by using developer access. I love the smoothness of ART on my N4

      • MC Wong

        Installing whatsapp on 4.4 ART will cause it to crash leaving some files on the system which cannot be removed unless rooted. This will interfere with any fresh installation. A factory reset is required to clear these files. This will not happen if it was installed before switching to ART on 4.4, thereafter upgrading to 4.4.1 will be error free.

  • Alert

    Just got the 4.4.2 update on my Nexus 10 this evening. Have not gotten 4.4.1.

  • paul

    I just received the 4.4.2 update a few minutes ago on my Nexus 4 in Calgary Alberta Canada

  • Wayne

    Both of my Nexus 4′s and my Nexus 5 already received this update today.

  • Wayne

    My Nexus 4′s went from 4.4 to 4.4.2 – the update was about 50Mb.
    My Nexus 5 went from 4.4.1 to 4.4.2 – the update was 1.7Mb.

  • Psiufoxx

    Just got 4.4.2 pushed to both my nexus 5 and nexus 7 2013.

  • Alan

    Just finished updating to 4.4.2 on Nexus 7 first Gen from 4.4

  • john

    Just updated my Nexus 4 via OTA to 4.4.2 (KOT49H)

  • Hugo

    I’m in Belgium and have the 4.4.2 OTA update waiting on my Nexus 4 (not on my 2013 Nexus 7). But after a horrible experience with the 4.4 update, having to hard reset I’m waiting until I have proof that it works without a hard reset (it was probably because my N4 is rooted)

  • Vasilakis Kailas

    My Nexus 7 (1st gen) just received the 4.4.2 update. Greece

  • rob

    uk nexus 5 from 4.4 to 4.4.2

  • Halpeno

    My Nexus 7 (1st Gen) automatically received the 4.4.2 update yesterday. California.

  • Joekayo

    No update yet on my US Nexus 5 got 4.4.2 on my 7 though

  • Ronaldo Rivera

    My brother’s Nexus 4 got the 4.4.2 update via OTA. I was quite surprised. Not the type to sit around and wait and post pictures on G+ of my despair with not getting the OTA yet, I sideloaded 4.4.1 then 4.4.2 on my N5.

  • mybollsareonfire

    Will running ART on my N5 affect my system update at all?? Just new to the nexus scene …

  • BH

    My original Nexus 7 received the 4.2.2 update last week already. Didn’t really see a problem with the old updates, and don’t see a difference in the latest. It looks like I have no reason to activate my Nexus 4 to update it, with all this update confusion going on. Turns out I like my old Samsung phone better anyway.