Nexus 4 owners, your time has come. Users are reporting that the Android 4.4 update is hitting the last Google flagship phone, starting today. With the update, you’ll get access to all the minor tweaks and changes Google has made, as well as the newest runtime for Android.
Android 4.4 is a shift in Android theory as much as it is an update, as we saw with the Nexus 7 and 10 having issues that needed a fix before getting the upgrade. The Nexus 4 doesn’t seem to have run into any issues ahead of the upgrade, so users should be just fine. This should set into motion a wider update for Nexus devices, too.
Now that the Nexus 4 has begun receiving an update, and the flagship tablets have seen a mystery bug fix prior to the Android 4.4 switch, we expect to see a rapid expansion of the newest OS. Of course, this still doesn’t solve the matter of the Galaxy Nexus not getting KitKat, but that’s just not going to happen, save for a custom ROM elsewhere. The Nexus 4 seeing Android 4.4 also closes the door on a potential can of worms for Google.
The Moto X, with Verizon of all carriers, has already started seeing the update. That’s an OEM device (even though it’s Motorola, a Google company) getting the update on the strictest of carriers ahead of Google’s almost-current flagship. By rolling this one out now, Google ended an uproar before it began. The OTA update is rolling out now, so be on the lookout… or just mash the “check now” button under “System Updates”.