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Android 4.4.1 update coming soon to Nexus devices

We now know that an incremental update to Android 4.4 KitKat will happen in the next little while. 9To5Google's website analytics report points to the new firmware build being tested on Nexus devices within Google's walls, with a sharp spike this week. We've also heard a rumor that owners of the HTC One Google Play edition will be getting the update shortly. Why the HTC One would get it and Nexus devices wouldn't, especially when there has been no reports of HTC-specific issues on KitKat that I'm aware of, makes me think the general rollout is not far away.

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We don't yet know what Android 4.4.1 will bring, but it's not far away. / © AndroidPIT

The HTC One Google Play edition rumor comes from a HTC ROM developer by the Twitter name of LlabTooFeR, who tweeted recently that that the update, with a build number of KOT49E, is coming ''in the near future''. We don't yet know what the update will bring, but it will more than likely deal with some minor bugs since the widespread release of KitKat and hopefully bring some of those software fixes to the less than spectacular Android camera, particularly that found on the Nexus 5. The new Android-wide camera API seems unlikely to be included just yet, even though it was initially scheduled for release with KitKat 4.4.

Have you got KitKat on your smartphone or tablet yet? What kinds of issues have you been experiencing?


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  • Do you have a Nexus 5 @Terry? I think that's the only Nexus that will get a better camera out of the bargain, the Nexus 4 still seems the same to me.

  • I skipped 4.4.1 entirely on my Nexus 4 so I never saw any of the issues, but 4.4.2 seems to be running perfectly fine for me (since this morning). Have you guys got the update yet? Has it fixed your issues?

    • My touch screen issues seem improved haven't tried the camera fixes yet. My recent apps sceen is still not showing correctly a at times. I have to exit and come back once or twice. It's running great and battery life is very good but it has been so not sure if it's improved or not. Really like the google home launcher (installed separately ). I'm in a bind. I love the Nova and Apex betas but don't want to lose the way Google Now intergrates.

  • One glitch I found on my nexus 7 is when I swipe an app off the home screen, the red "remove" writing stays on the screen as if I never let go of the app.

  • My touch screen is not very responsive. It takes a number of taps to register at times. Also when I go to the recent apps screen sometimes nothing is there. I'll wait a few seconds and hit it again and all the apps show up. The touch screen is the main annoyance. Other than that I really like 4.4 . The difference is subtle but there is a lot of improvement going on that I notice the more I use it. Lots of little things that really add up.