Google announces Android 4.4 upgrade for Nexus devices

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As expected, the Google Nexus 5 is the first device to come with Android 4.4 KitKat (and it’s already sold out in Canada). But it won’t be the only one for long. Google has announced that Android 4.4 upgrades will roll out to current stock Android devices shortly. On tap to receive it are the Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices.

As usual, Google’s Nexus devices will be among the first to be upgraded but we can expect plenty of announcements from manufacturers announcing their own upgrade plans in the coming weeks. Given that Android 4.4 can run “comfortably” on 512MB of RAM, it’s likely that we will see it makes its way onto older and less powerful devices.

Oddly missing from the list is 2011’s Galaxy Nexus. If devices running on 512MB of RAM can be upgraded to Android 4.4, it’s not clear why Google would not want to upgrade this Nexus device as well. After all, it came with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. On paper at least, there does not appear to be any reason for it not to be in line for an upgrade.

Google did not provide a specific timeline for the Nexus upgrades, indicating only that it will roll out “in the coming weeks.”

Source : Google