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ncharles
Nov 07, 2013

Will the Nexus 7 get an Android 4.4 update?

How early of a device will Google update to Android 4.4 KitKat?

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none
12/05/2013

I own a Nexus 7 (2012) and finally got the update about two weeks ago. Was a bit of a disappointment. 

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Number6
11/11/2013

Just an additional point, the original Nexus 7 won’t get it, at least not now, probably not ever. The 2013 Nexus 7 will be updated to 4.4 shortly though!

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Christopher Nerney
11/08/2013

As Jim notes below, yes, the Nexus 7 will get KitKat over the next few weeks. But if you use Android Device Manager, you should check to make sure it isn't disabled after the download. A recent update to Google Play Services disabled the device administrator functions (remote lock and wipe) for Android Device Manager. Users can reactivate it, but only if they know it's been deactivated.

jimlynch
11/08/2013
Sure looks like it:

http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2013/10/android-44-kitkat-and-upd...

"The very first device to run Android 4.4 is the new Nexus 5, available today on Google Play, and coming soon to other retail outlets. We’ll also be rolling out the Android 4.4 update worldwide in the next few weeks to all Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices.

As part of this release, we kicked off Project Svelte, an effort to reduce the memory needs of Android so that it can run on a much broader range of devices, including entry-level devices that have as little as 512MB RAM. From the kernel to system, frameworks, and apps, we've reduced memory footprint and improved memory management so Android can run comfortably on only 512MB of RAM. We did this not only on Android but across Google apps, like Chrome and YouTube."
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