Manual Android 4.4.1 update now available for Nexus 10

It looks like the last Nexus device is finally getting the Android 4.4.1 update. The incremental update is still rolling out to the various devices, but we have seen the manual update files released for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7. Now, it's the Nexus 10's turn to get in on the bug fixes available in the new version of KitKat.

Unfortunately, we can't really say what those bug fixes are exactly. Most of the fixes and features that are known in the update target the Nexus 5, although we do know that at the very least there is at least one change that will affect the other Nexus devices: the default app for handling your images from the camera app is now the Google+ Photos app, rather than the stock Android Gallery app. 

Still, we're sure there are various bug fixes in the update, and eventually we'll see a proper change log from Google. In the meantime, you can sideload the update for your Nexus 10 if you want. All you need to do is make sure your Nexus 10 is running stock Android 4.4 build KRT16S, then download the update package from the source, and follow the Below Instuctions.

Here's what you'll need to install the updates:

  •  Nexus 10 running stock Android 4.3. For the 2012 Nexus 10 this is build number                      (check in Settings > About Device)
  • The newest version of the Android SDK installed on your system.
  • The manual update package (links below).
  • Understanding of how to use the command line

Once you have those, things get relatively easy. And, keep in mind that because this is an incremental update, it will not wipe your device, so your data should be safe. Here's the step-by-step guide to installing the update:

  1. Rename the package you've downloaded to "" (no quotes)
  2. Place the package into the Android SDK/platform-tools folder on your computer (do not unzip it).
  3. Power off your tablet
  4. Hold down the volume up, volume down and power buttons when turning on your tablet.
  5. Your tablet should startup into the fastboot menu, when you see that connect your Nexus tablet to your computer via USB.
  6. Use the volume up/down keys to navigate to "Recovery mode", then press the power button to boot into recovery.
  7. When the Android with the red exclamation point appears, press the power and volume up buttons at the same time. This should open the recovery menu. 
  8. Use the volume up/down keys to select "apply update from ADB," then press power to select it.
  9. On your computer, open up a command prompt or terminal window.
  10. Using the command line, navigate to the Android SDK/platform-tools folder on your computer
  11. On Windows, type: adb.exe sideload; on Mac, type: ./adb-mac sideload; on Linux, type: ./adb sideload
  12. The update should begin installing; and when it's done, select "reboot system now" using the volume buttons, and power to select
  13. That's that, you should now be running Android 4.4.

Note: we didn't have to toggle on ADB debugging for this to work, but if it doesn't work for you, maybe turning that option on will help. To do that, you need to first access the Development options by going to Settings > About and tapping the Build number 7 times. Then, go to Settings > Development options and enable USB debugging under the "Debugging" menu group.

Last things last, here are the download links for the official update packages:

Download: Android 4.4 KitKat update Nexus 10
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