Looks like a new version of Android has come rather quickly, though it wont be a evolution but just a fix. Android 4.4.1, still KitKat is now live for Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE. The camera enhancement is the major aspect that Nexus 5’s update seems to be focused on as it has shown a considerably better performance. The camera app launch times are improved by a second and shorter shutter timings gives faster capture speeds. Increasing the camera’s frame rate also allows auto-focus to work faster, eliminating some of the issues from the current firmware. Also in the HDR+ mode there is now a progress indicator to give users a better idea of the overall process. The photos taken with the new camera software are less washed out than before, with more vibrant colors and more contrast, as well as more accurate white balance. You might check out the images below to see the difference in the picture quality after the update (courtesy of GSMArena).
Now for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 the update isn’t a game changer but it surely does offer numerous fixes that the users complained to have since they updated their devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. If you wish to make the update land to you more quickly than ever the you can follow the download links below.
To manually update your Nexus device you must download the firmware and follow the method that is listed below (Thanks to AndroidCentral for that)
- Place the update .zip package from Google in the Android SDK/platform-tools folder on your computer, but do not unzip it.
- On your Nexus, go to Settings > Development options and switch the toggle on. Then enable USB debugging under the “Debugging” menu group.
- Power down your tablet
- Start up the bootloader by holding down volume up, volume down and power on your tablet.
- When the menu loads, plug your Nexus into your computer.
- Use the volume up/down keys to navigate to “Recovery mode”, then press the power button.
- When the Android with the red exclamation point appears, hold down power first, followed quickly by volume up. You should now see the recovery menu.
- Use the volume up/down keys to select “apply update from ADB,” then press power to select it.
- On your computer, open up a command prompt or terminal window.
- Using the command line, navigate to the Android SDK/platform-tools folder
- On Windows, type:
adb.exe sideload <the complete name of the OTA zip file you want to flash>
… or on Mac, type:
./adb-mac sideload <the complete name of the OTA zip file you want to flash>
… or on Linux, type:
./adb sideload <the complete name of the OTA zip file you want to flash>
- The update should begin installing. When it’s done, select “reboot system now.”
- Enjoy some delicious KitKat.