December 5, 2013
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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 dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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