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.


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

      • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


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