How to Update Google Nexus 4 with Android 4.4.1 [Download Link]

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | December 6, 2013 4:51 PM EST

Google Nexus devices are the first line of devices to receive the much anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat update. Today, the first update to the newest Google candy bar started rolling out - the Android 4.4.1. The Nexus 5 is receiving the update today but for the Nexus 4 here is the Android 4.4.1 OTA. Updates usually happen in stages that could take a couple of days before you get the OTA.

As of the moment, the Nexus 5's camera has been reportedly improved with the Android 4.4.1 update. However, we expect to see more of this update as it is still relatively new.

Disclaimer: IBT media is not responsible for any device damages incurred during the process. You may proceed at your own risk.

Requirements

  • To be able to complete the steps mentioned below, you must have the Android SDK preinstalled. This includes the newest version of the fastboot and the adb, which are required for flashing.
  • You also need a MicroUSB cable to execute fastboot flash, adb sideload and other necessary commands. However, if you are merely after downloading the OTA zip to your device and just flashing it from recovery, you won't need USB cable anymore.
  • Your device must be on Android 4.4 KRT16S.

Step-by-step Download Process

Download

First, download the signed-occam-KOT49E-from-KRT16S:

MD5 sum: fc144a5ef26821e0c5fd8d1bfe148a42
Size: 51.9MB

Install

Similar to the native OTA update process, this method will not wipe your data.

Make sure that your device is correctly detected by ADB and then use the adb sideload command. Check out the full sideload guide here ( the process is the same except for the file name). In the event that you already have your custom recovery, it can already be flashed from here, simply copy the file.

Rooting

This Android 4.4.1 update will probably kill root on rooted devices. However, you can get back by following these steps:

After the last step, your device must be rooted back.

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