Download: Android 4.4 KitKat factory images for Nexus 4, all Nexus 7 models (2012, 2013) and Nexus 10

by: Chris SmithNovember 14, 2013


After making the Android 4.4 KitKat update available for various Nexus devices including the Wi-Fi versions of the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models) and Nexus 10, Google has posted KitKat factory images for all its Nexus handsets and tablets.

The official over-the-air (OTA) downloads may not be available for certain devices, including the Nexus 4 and the cellular versions of the two Nexus 7 models, but their respective factory images are available, which means users can manually install the updates themselves.

We’re looking at Android 4.4 version KRT16O that’s available for download from Google – that’s the same firmware version we showed you the other day for the Nexus 10.

Earlier today, we posted manual KitKat update instructions for the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 versions and the Nexus 10, so make sure you check out that post as well.

We’ll also remind you that Google rolled out an update to its Search app the other day, which makes it easier for users to unofficially use the Nexus 5’s Google Experience Launcher on any Nexus device, even if the company doesn’t officially support it.

However, we’ll point out that whatever happens with your devices during the installation process, or while installing unofficial APKs falls under your responsibility, and that we don’t encourage you to go down this route.

On the other hand, the fact that the KitKat factory images and drivers for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are now officially available means that custom ROM developers also have a reason to smile.

  • Randall Combs

    My 2012 Nexus 7 (WiFi) still say’s there are no updates available. I even did a factory reset and nothing. What gives, seriously? I don’t want to manually flash it. Google has enough servers to push an update across all their nexus devices, so why can’t I update my stock nexus 7 OTA?

  • Chalin

    wheres the link for nexus 4???????

  • Nitinart Nunthong

    already installed it on my nexus 4 and changed runtime from dalvik to ART. I hope the battery usage will be better. (open app is faster too.)

    • gregorypierce

      ART breaks a few apps and makes development a complete PITA because debugging doesn’t work, but otherwise its great ;)

    • Jake

      There are reasons why ART isn’t the default VM. It still lacks at compatibility.

  • Rafael Passos Custodio

    This is totally absurd! I’ve bought a Nexus 4 cause I was sick of flashing Sansung Phones to get better custom ROMs. I really would like an OTA for my Nexus 4 and 7 devices. This makes me very sad and frustraded. Now I feel like I’m back to the old times, that I used to flash, flash, flash and flash all my phones to get the closest Nexus experience using the Cyanogen. What’s the point of buying a Nexus phone now??? Shame on you, Google!

    • Harpersneil

      You’re not serious are you? You honestly feel as though you’re on a Samsung?? Kit Kat is days away, Samsung devices (excluding Google Edition) won’t get Kit Kat for MONTHS at the very best; especially when you consider the carrier delays. We’re all excited to get the update mate, but keep calm!

      • Rafael Passos Custodio

        Yeah, man… You’re right. I was kinda stupid in my commentary. One thing to learn on the Internet is that you must read the news with no feelings, take a breath, and then comment. I’m a little bit traumatized with Samsung devices, I guess… Let’s wait to the update. Thanks, folks! And sorry for the effusive comment.

        • Harpersneil

          All good mate, passion is awesome! It’s great to share an enthusiasm for something with someone, so thank you for sharing yours with us. When the update finally comes through, I’ll remember what you said, and I’ll be happy for you!

        • spoonyfork

          Are you still waiting?

          • Rafael Passos Custodio

            Yep. And every day I check my Nexus 4 and 7. Nothing. Sigh. T_T

    • Anders CT

      Your Nexus 4 will receive an OTA update to 4.4 in a matter of days. Take a deep breath.

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  • Guilherme Barros

    working fine on my nexus 4 ?)

  • Jennifer

    I just got iOS 7.0.4 when google can’t give me kitkat at all.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    No adb device found when i enter update with adb part. Nexus 7 2. The computer makes some weird sound when i enter thr update from adb part. Please help!!

  • Kindroid

    What a bunch of whiny babies. It’s only been 2 weeks since KitKat was released. If we 2012 Nexus device owners are another week or two before this update hits….count your lucky stars. How long do you suppose it will be…before those Galaxy S3 owners see 4.4 on their phone. Suck it up.

    • monkey god

      exactly what i was thinking. Galaxy S3/S4 just barely got their Jellybean this week for some carriers after waiting how long now? Nexus owners can’t even wait a few weeks for an OTA update?

      • Harpersneil

        Couldn’t agree more!

    • Jake

      I’m more displeased by the fact that some crucial apps for me don’t work on KitKat. I don’t bother with updating the OS, but Google and the app developers should address this issue ASAP.

      • monkey god

        What major apps don’t work in KitKat? I haven’t had any issues

  • Scott Dabson

    I can be patient waiting for 4.4 for my N7.2,. I’m just curious how the rollout actually happen. How some have it and others don’t.

  • Jake

    Google’s Nexus lineup gets more and more attractive. How are the OEMs supposed to remain competitive at this rate?

    • monkey god

      OEM throw in more features no matter how useful or useless they are. It’s the kitchen sink approach.

  • Jom

    I still can’t download the update for my nexus 7 2013 wifi. WTF Google!? This has been the worst update “rollout” that I can remember.

  • Alain Lafond

    got it for my N4…
    But where are the wallpapers?

    • Jayfeather787

      They should be in settings>display>wallpapers.
      If you want the kit kat wallpapers, you will have to download them manually, or download the kit kat launcher.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    E: system/bin/ app process
    Unexpected content
    Installation aborted
    Please help!! :-(

    • I my case, Since I had installed xposed framework, it had updated this file. What you need to do is to simply uninstall xposed framework (not the app, just framework), the try again. In my case it worked…

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        yup. figured that out. had a new problem while installing 4.4.2. some problem occurred because of stick mount. had to flash factory image:/

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  • Harsh Patel

    how to flash it on nexus 4 plz guide me
    i am fresher in this thing have experience in rooting and all custom type roms
    but this is official downloaded all things but don’t know how to flash……………….
    and i am flashed……;)