After having been officially available only on the newly launched Google Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat is rolling out to other Nexus-branded devices starting today, although it’s not good news for all Android users out there.
The Nexus 7 Wi-Fi versions (both 2012 and 2013 models) and the Nexus 10 will get their respective Android 4.4 KitKat builds starting today, but that’s it.
Nexus 4 owners and tablet users that purchased a Nexus 7 version with cellular connectivity will have to wait a while longer for their KitKat fix.
Google has posted the short news on its Google+ and Twitter Android pages, as you can see above.
We’ll remind you that unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat builds are already available for many devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi models and even the unsupported Galaxy Nexus. However, the officially official KitKat update is almost here, so better get ready for it, instead of relying on unofficial ROMs.
Unlike with previous Android updates for Nexus devices, the KitKat upgrade will not include the “Google Experience Launcher,” which is so far a Nexus 5-only software feature. That’s what Google told a publication a short while ago, and it looks like a lucky Nexus 7 owner was able to verify it for himself. Here’s what he posted on reddit about the KitKat update:
I was hoping for a big visual change like the nexus 5. No transparent menu, status or even app drawer.
Here are (2)screenshots
http://imgur.com/2K7HqSl,C9RgBW0 [see images below]
The only differences I notice are some of the icons and white status icons. The Google launcher isn’t here either, swiping to the left doesn’t reveal Google now. You also still can’t delete home pages, still the default 5. Editing a home page also isn’t like the nexus 5, the widgets are still in the app drawer.
I installed nova launcher (beta version), the menu & status bar are transparent.
We’ll note that Google itself hinted inside the Android 4.4 KitKat pages that the Nexus 7 may not have transparency effects by posting the following image of a Nexus 5 next to a Nexus 7:
We’ll be back with more news on Android 4.4 KitKat updates as soon as we have them.
+Darcy LaCouvée contributed to this post.