Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
Google Nexus 5 Updated to 4.4.4_R2 in NZ, AUS, India; Glass Gets XE19.1
Earlier today, Google issued updates to two current generation reference devices, the Google Nexus 5 and Google Glass. The former received an incredibly minor update to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q), while the latter was shown to a rather significant update XE19.1 (up from last month’s rather significant XE 18.3 update).
First up, we have the Nexus 5 update. Today’s update takes users from Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) to Android 4.4.4_r2 (KTU84Q). However, this build isn’t making its way out to all devices. Rather, this build is only heading out to consumer devices in three markets: New Zealanders on 2Degrees, Aussies on Telsta, and those living in India. Because of this and the OTA’s paltry 2 MB size, it can be assumed that this is purely a radio update to better work in these areas. As such, if you’re not in New Zealand, Australia, or India, it’s not worth your time or the flashing risk.
Next up, we have an update announcement for Google Glass. The XE 19.1 firmware builds on last month’s XE 18.3 firmware, which brought features such as a camera viewfinder, better pairing instructions, and a recovery mode. Today’s update is similarly significant, bringing a visual revamp for the entire Glass interface, sporting a cleaner and sleeker look. It also improves connectivity and network issue handling.
The update for the Nexus 5 has begun reaching consumer devices in certain regions, but it has not yet been captured. Once it is available, however, you will be able to download the update in the Nexus 5 Stock OTA thread. Alternatively, you can head to the Nexus Factory Images page below to update by manually flashing the 4.4.4_r2 image. Similarly, the XE19.1 firmware is not yet available and doesn’t seem to actually be rolling out just yet. But given today’s announcement, it shouldn’t be too far off. Once it’s been captured, you will be able to find the Glass update and images in the Google Glass Stock OTA thread.
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