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Earlier today we reported that Android 4.4.1 would be rolling out to the Nexus 5 over the next few days. Well, that was a quick wait: the rollout has now officially begun begun!

As expected, the update primarily focuses on improving the camera experience through a refreshed camera app that will include HDR+ mode. The new camera app promises faster focusing especially in low light, faster white balancing, truer colors and even the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode. Even the app itself is said to load about a second quicker than the previous version.

Aside from camera improvements, what else is new in Android 4.4.1? Google has yet to detail all the changes, but interestingly enough there are several reports coming in from Nexus 5 users that suggest that the Nexus 5’s speaker is noticeably louder after the update. Considering KitKat was known to have a few minor bugs, it’s likely this update addressed some of these issues as well.

As always the update will be rolled out in stages. If you don’t want to wait any longer than you have to, the good news is that you can grab the update directly from Google’s servers and install it manually. Not sure how to flash the file to the Nexus 5? Click here for more details.

For those that have already upgraded to Android 4.4.1, any other changes that you’ve noticed aside from the camera app? Let us know in the comments!

Update: It turns out that Android 4.4.1 is also rolling out to the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 2013 LTE! You can grab the Nexus 4 update file here, and the Nexus 7 2013 LTE here.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Ryster1

    See Mastermuffin, the speaker became louder? lol

    • MasterMuffin

      :D could be placebo but whatever, updates FTW!

  • Shark Bait

    I think this will be the first time i ever receive and OTA! excited!!

    • LG G2 owner

      Do you need me to hold your hand darling?

      • Shark Bait

        Yeahhhh not sure I know what gunna happen. I have always had a custom ROM so never needed an ota

  • Bradley Uffner

    Since this is a patch update and not a full image, will it (the side load) work if the phone is rooted?

    • Victor_Creed

      Abosolutely, I was stock rooted and used ADB side load and root survival mode in SuperSU. Updated without a problem and retained root

      • Bradley Uffner

        Hmmm… Mine fails during the “Verifying current system” step after uploading.

  • 0ThomasPaine0

    I’ve been having problems with my WiFi since I received the 4.4 OTA for my Nexus 4. I hope 4.4.1 solves them.

    • MadCowOnAStick

      Same here, when you’re far from the router the WiFi is just terrible.

    • MadCowOnAStick

      Even my Samsung Dart had better signal T_T and it costed 50 dollars unlocked lol

    • SimonReidy

      It may not be related to your Nexus 4 issues, but weak WiFi performance is my only real complaint with my Nexus 7 (running 4.4). My old iPad 3 gets perfect reception from a couple of rooms away from the router, while the Nexus 7 barely connects (and lots of time-outs when it does). Lets hope 4.4.1 solves these problems, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

  • ray01000101010101

    Status 7 wish rooted 4.4 nexus 5

    • ray01000101010101

      Never mind, I think I downloaded the nexus 4 update, my bad

      • LG G2 owner


  • Sanket Pardeshi

    Just need to flash it via custom recovery for the nexus 4 right?!

  • Jalok Xlem

    Hmm…any chance of us GNex users will be able to get this latest camera on our phones too? I would like to have HDR+

    • mumusen


    • smokebomb

      Have to wait for CM to incorporate the changes.

  • Guest

    THANK YOU! brb updating

  • MadCowOnAStick

    faaaster google faaaaaaaaaaaster

    • mumusen

      Sounds like p0rno

      • MadCowOnAStick

        they wont releaseee it faaaaaster faaaaaster quiiiiicker naaaaaaaaaooooooooooooooo

        • mumusen

          You forgot writing “harder” ;-) haha

  • Toshi Arevalo

    Can I use it on custom ROM?

    • venorme

      only after its source is posted and rom developer includes it

  • hey please must be inform me how i should be download this version in my i-5.

  • Zodiak

    Atleast Google is listening. Anyways Update your Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.4 right here!!!

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    No news on nexus 10 it seems. Oh well


    Just woke up to this OTA update to my Nexus 4.

  • Brian Mc Manaman

    Just side loaded the update and Exchange Push not working 100% like on 4.3 it has an 5 min delay and it is set to push on Sync Frequency, any ideas?

  • Deo Reyes

    the camera improved a lot. faster focus(fast enough for me), the images were more crisp. picture quality also improved in low light conditions. speaker volumes also improved, but sound quality is below average. I prefer the volume fix via mixer_paths.xml

  • Nun Panther

    When Android 4.4 kitkat will get official for any devices, because now i am using Xiaomi Mi2s so when the kitkat support my device?

  • Raymond Marx

    I’m tired of people linking directly to the app, post the link to the link instead idiots! Not everyone needs that specific version but, needs similar!

  • rob

    Well. Its Been 3 days. I’m in UK and still haven’t had update

    • iPodsMakeGraves

      Los Angeles California and I haven’t gotten the OTA update either. The phone is phenomenal so I’m just going to hold tight.

  • Eslam Elgohary

    Well I’ve android 4.4.2 on galaxy nexus already :)
    Thanks to CM