If you have felt a little left out of all the fantastic firmware releases lately because you own the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, your worrisome time is coming to an end with the release of Android 4.4 KitKat starting to roll out to all devices tonight. This will be happening over the air and should give you a notification of its arrival.
For the Nexus 10 it is the WiFi model that you have, and if it’s the Nexus 7 you own, then either the 2012 or this years 2013 model will be receiving this one. If that didn’t include you, don’t stress because it is being released for your specific tablet very soon. There was a hold up for the Nexus 4 and the 3G and 4G Nexus 7 products, because of a few issues with the installation. Google has addressed this and said all will be well soon.
For those that were included, it’s time to start getting very excited. If you’re an avid Android fan you’d probably know not to wait up like it’s Christmas, because it could literally be nearly Christmas before it finishes it’s rolled out to everybody. When you do get it though, you will have the latest firmware possible town.
Even though, it’s only early days we have received some words on what to expect. The Android 4.4 Rom are very thirsty; therefore 1 GB of RAM is not enough to satisfy what it needs to run optimally. Combine that with lots of new S features and the natural TouchWiz UI nature, it results in many Android-based handsets from the past not having what it takes to support it.
However, the good news is that if you own one of the 3G variants there will be tons of custom Rom options to keep you sane. They will be based on the Kitkat stock Rom and can include many of the same features.
Furthermore to flash the kernel on the Nexus devices you need to have Android SDK installed first. It;’s always easier to store the files in the C partition under SDK folder.
Note that flashing the new firmware will wipe all of the data on the tablet. If you want to backup contacts, market apps, photos, pictures and music videos then do so now before you start.