How To Download / Install Android 4.4 KitKat On Nexus 7 / 10 Right Now
Android KitKat is the latest dessert that you can possibly get at this point in time for your Android smartphone or tablet, depending on the device that you carry. Usually, Nexus devices are the first one to taste any new flavor of Google’s mobile OS, and that’s what we saw with Nexus 5 that ships with Android 4.4. For all the others in the pipeline, the release was promised to follow in the days to come. Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are the first ones that have started receiving the over-the-air 4.4 update, but if you haven’t gotten the notification yet in your region, the good news is that you can update right away using ADB sideload.
This guide will help you do exactly that – update your Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013 variants) and Nexus 10 to Android 4.4 KitKat using ADB sideload.
Before we get to the actual procedure, let’s be clear that while these methods have proven to be safe time and time again, you still follow them at your own risk. We cannot be held liable for any damage to your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 as a result of following these instructions. You’ve been warned.
With that out of the way, there are basically two approaches that you can adopt in this case, depending on the kind of device that you have. If you’re running a Nexus 7 or 10 with root and custom recovery, you can simply use a recovery flash. For stock devices, you’ll rely on ADB sideload to get Android 4.4 up and running. The requisites may or may not apply in that case.
Stock Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 running the latest Android build of Jelly Bean 4.3 (only for stock method)