Android 4.4.3 OTA file now available for the Nexus 7 (2012) 3G

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 6, 2014

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Google is edging towards updating its entire Nexus series to Android 4.4.3, with OTAs headed (and captured for sideloading) to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi. But, as of this morning, there were still a couple of laggards, including the popular 2012 original Nexus 7 tablet.

Good news – over the air updates are heading towards the Nexus 7 (2012) as we speak, and a fast thinking user managed to capture the update .zip file and make it available on the XDA-Developers forums. The OTA file is for the GSM/HSPA+ (3G) version of the Nexus 7 (2012), a.k.a. nakasig, and brings the firmware number to KTU84L.

This is an incremental update, not a full factory image, meaning that you will need your device to be on firmware number KOT49H (Android 4.4.2) in order for the update to work. Sideloading the OTA file will not delete your user data.

You can sideload the Android 4.4.3 update to your Nexus 7 (2013) using the OTA file on XDA. For a guide to sideloading an OTA file to your device, check out this tutorial, which lists all the steps you should follow.

Download Android 4.4.3 OTA file for Nexus 7 (2012) 3G KOT49H>>KTU84L (via XDA-Developers via XDA-Portal)

Android 4.4.3 brings many bug fixes (though some old issues remained unfixed), as well as small updates to the Dialer and People apps.

As for the WiFi version of the Nexus 7 (2012), we’ll keep an eye out for it – an OTA file should surface any minute now, and we will update this post as soon as we can.

  • Jayfeather787

    I really hope this is not the last update for the Nexus 7 2012. Long live all Nexus devices!

    • Simon Belmont

      I think we MIGHT get what is at I/O (Android 4.5 / 5.0). Google has stated an 18 month window of updates, but they’ve been known to bend that rule by several months, and the 2012 N7 is already getting Android 4.4.3 at 22 months into its life.

      That said, even if we don’t, it’s still very powerful hardware that will be supported by the community for years to come. Just look at my B&N Nook Color from 2010 (a single-core, 512MB of RAM, tablet), that’s STILL supported and running CM11 really well.

      • Jayfeather787

        That’s awesome. I had a Nook Color running CM10.1, but I sold it. Are you dual booting it with that SD card method, or do you have it installed as the only OS?
        It is very true that the Nexus devices will continue to have excellent development support.
        Great to see someone still has a nook color.

        • Simon Belmont

          I have it installed on the internal eMMC and I swapped the data and media partitions so that I got 5GB of internal storage for apps, instead of the other way around. I HAVE made bootable SD cards for friends with Nook Colors, too.

          It’s a great little tablet. Really sturdy. My 19 month old son has pulled it to the floor a bunch of times with no damage. It’s amazing how smooth it is on KitKat, considering the age of the hardware. It still gets used daily and it’s going on four years old. Pretty impressive.

          • Jayfeather787

            That is amazing. I had jellybean running off the sdcard. Would have loved to have put kit kat on it

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  • Simon Belmont

    Wow. The 3G N7 2012 gets it before the Wi-Fi version.

    That’s pretty surprising. I was hoping to sideload the update this weekend.

  • José A. Medina

    And… I still can’t update my 16gb nexus 5.
    Even the moto x have it already.

    • Simon Belmont

      Why? The factory images and the OTA zips have been out for days.

      I grabbed the OTA zip the second I saw someone post it, and sideloaded it to my N5 immediately via ADB. Took 10 minutes and it was easy.

  • CBers

    Any update on the Nexus 7 (2012) WIFI OTA ??

  • John Shaw.

    4.3…works OK as far as I know.

  • Bullseye0815

    No OTA for the WiFi version of the Nexus 7 (2012) ;(