Android KitKat 4.4.1 Lands On Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10


Android KitKat

The first update to Android KitKat has now landed with Android 4.4.1 now available to download over-the-air on the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 2013.


While, owners of the Nexus 10 can also manually update to 4.4.1 with Google's update files, but this is only recommended to experienced users because it involves using 'adb sideload' or 'recovery mode' to flash the tablet.


What new features and improvements does Android 4.4.1 bring to Google's Nexus range of smartphones and tablets?


Nexus 5 Camera Improvements


The main focus of the Android 4.4.1 KitKat update revolves around improving the camera on Google's Nexus 5. On the stock version of Android images taken often suffered from blur, particularly when snapping fast moving scenes, due to the shutter lag and the time the smartphone took to auto-focus.


Google have stated that Android 4.4.1 "improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag". Additionally, the HDR+ mode itself is now faster and the camera application is much quicker overall.


What else?


A number of other improvements have also been implemented on the Nexus 5 including:

  • Low speaker volume bug affecting certain applications has been fixed
  • Haptic feedback has been tweaked
  • Default email client bug has been fixed (It wasn't syncing correctly)
  • Status bar bug has been fixed (Stopping the transparency from turning opaque)
  • Overall performance improvements (in benchmarks)

Changes affecting all devices updated to Android 4.4.1:

  • Default photo application has been changed to the 'Gallery' app
  • Immersive mode no longer breaks when adjusting volume
  • Settings icon in 'Quick Tiles' has been changed
  • New softer keyboard sounds

Those with the Nexus 4 should also notice that the navigation bar is now transparent on the lock-screen.


UPDATE: Android 4.4.1 is now old news, with Android 4.4.2 KitKat already rolling out. Read more here


A number of users with the Nexus 4 have been reporting problems since updating to Android KitKat, particularly with the battery life of their devices.  Have you been affected and if so has Android 4.4.1 made things worse or better?


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By Simon Thomas on 09th December, 2013

Tags: Android 4.4.1Android KitKatGoogle Nexus 4Google Nexus 5Google Nexus 7 2Google Nexus 10

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