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Get Android 4.4.2 on your Nexus: install tutorial

So you may not have even received the OTA update for Android 4.4.1 yet, but Google are already pushing out another incremental update to the Nexus family. There's not much new compared to Android 4.4.1 except some VM (voice mail) indicator fixes, bug fixes, security and software enhancements. We've got all the download links below and a quick walkthrough of what you need to do if you can't wait for the update to come OTA.

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Android 4.4.1 brought camera improvements. Well, so does Android 4.4.2. / © Google

The changes reported by Sprint in the US include a fix for clearing the VM indicator, a fix for delivery of the VM indicator, software improvements and security enhancements. The update shows up with a notification about camera fixes for the Nexus 5 as well, demonstrating that Google didn't put up their feet after sending 4.4.1 on its way. The new build number is KOT49H.

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The update notification screen on the Nexus 5 (left) and Nexus 4 (right). / © AndroidPIT

Here's the download links for Nexus devices, depending on what version of Android you currently have running:

Nexus 4

4.4 to 4.4.2: occam KOT49H from KRT16S

4.4.1 to 4.4.2: occam KOT49H from KOT49E

Nexus 5

4.4 to 4.4.2: hammerhead KOT49H from KRT16M

4.4.1 to 4.4.2: hammerhead KOT49H from KOT49E

2012 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi

4.4 to 4.4.2: nakasi KOT49H from KRT16S

2012 Nexus 7 3G

4.4 to 4.4.2: nakasig KOT49H from KRT16S

2013 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi

4.4 to 4.4.2: razor KOT49H from KRT16S

4.4.1 to 4.4.2: razor KOT49H from KOT49E

2013 Nexus 7 LTE

4.4 to 4.4.2: razorg KOT49H from KRT16S

4.4.1 to 4.4.2: razorg KOT49H from KOT49E

Nexus 10

4.4 to 4.4.2: mantaray KOT49H from KRT16S

4.4.1 to 4.4.2: mantaray KOT49H from KOT49E

Please note: the Nexus 7 (2012) never made the jump to 4.4.1, so there's only download links for Android 4.4

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The command prompt window. Never fear, it is your friend. / © AndroidPIT

What you need to do

First of all you need ADB Tools and you need the correct update file for your device and your current firmware build number. Unzip ADB Tool on your PC, go to the folder, hold Shift and right click somewhere in empty space in the Windows Explorer window. Choose Open Command Prompt Here. Now, copy the update file to the ADB-Tools folder and rename it something witty and clever like Nexus-442.zip

Now, on your Nexus, power down, then hold Volume Down and Power to enter fastboot mode. Use the volume rocker to enter Recovery mode and use the Power button to confirm. When you see the Android lying on its back, press Power followed by Volume Up. Using the volume rocker again, highlight apply update from ADB and hit that Power button to confirm again.

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No laying down on the job Android, I want 4.4.2! / © AndroidPIT

Next, connect your Nexus to your PC with a USB cable, get that command prompt window front and center and type in the following:

adb sideload nexus-442.zip

(or whatever you renamed the file earlier)

That's it, the PC and Nexus will do its thing and you'll be rocking Android 4.4.2 before you've finished your Weeties. Just select reboot system now and enjoy the added improvements.

What new goodies have you found? If you have a Nexus 5, have you noticed even more camera improvements?

Source: Android Police


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  • Well well Google gets MY Vote :-) Less than 24 hours after it (4.4.2) was announced it was installed and works like a charm on my "Old" Nexus 7. I`m impressed. Thank you Google :-)

  • Well I just flashed the 4.4.2 update on my Nexus 4 and everything seems good so far. Nothing major to report (I didn't get around to flashing 4.4.1 so I never saw the voicemail notification bugs), but I expect the most significant changes will be reserved for the Nexus 5 camera anyway. I may trade in CM 11 for 4.4.2 in a little while on my Nexus 5 and see if there's anything exciting to report. Either way, it's nice to see Google working hard.