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Some Nexus 4 users running into issues after installing KitKat

After installing Android 4.4 KitKat, it appears that some Nexus 4 users are now reporting various issues, including a broken dialer app, lockscreen problems, a non-working home button and more.
November 25, 2013
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Last week the Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update finally started rolling out to Nexus 4 users, after a fairly long wait. Now that the update has arrived, it seems that some unfortunate Nexus 4 owners are reportedly experiencing issues including problems with the lockscreen, a broken dialer, a non-working home button, quick setting issues and more.

Not all of these issues are necessarily experienced all at once, with some folks reporting just one issue and others being plagued by several problems. Those that have ran into issues seem to have one thing in common — they used the OTA upgrade to go from Jelly Bean JWR66Y over to KRT16S.

It’s important to note that these errors are only affecting some users, and its unclear just how widespread of an issue this is.

So what’s the fix here? While Google has yet to chime in, there are a couple suggested fixes. First, you can always perform a factory reset and hope things go better second time around. Of course this also wipes any apps or files your have stored on your handset.

Luckily there’s also a second solution for those that don’t want to mess around with backups and factory resets: you can use ADB to run the setup wizard again, which is said to fix several of the above-mentioned problems. Within ADB, you’ll need to send the command: ‘adb shell am start -n‘ .

For those that have yet to upgrade, should you avoid the OTA? Honestly that’s up to you.

If you don’t mind troubleshooting in the (hopefully rare) event that something goes wrong, than go right ahead and grab the update as soon as it becomes available. If you’d rather not have to worry about dealing with any potential bugs or other upgrade issues, you might be better off waiting a bit longer until Google releases some kind of fix.

Once again it’s important to note that these errors are only affecting some users, and its unclear just how widespread of an issue this is. We’ve reached out to Google for comment and will update if and when we hear back.

Have you ran into any of the above issues with your Nexus 4 KitKat update? Any other tips or tricks on how to solve the problem? Let us know in the comments!