Android 4.4 AOSP available for Nexus 7 (2013)

Android 4.4 AOSP available for Nexus 7 (2013)

The official announcement for Android 4.4 KitKat was just earlier today and already there has been a release of the stock version of the new operating system compatible with the newest Nexus 7 (Wifi Version)

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Unofficialy, the new Nexus 7 is the first among the pack to get Android 4.4. / © Google/AndroidPIT

The good fellows over at Paranoid Android dropped the file onto the internet just a little while ago. First impressions was that this was a release of Paranoid Android running on Android 4.4, but looking into it a bit reveals an actual AOSP version of KitKat.

For a breakdown on what is new with Android 4.4 KitKat, check out the post that Kris wrote up about it earlier today. In order to install this on your 2013 Nexus 7, your device will need to be rooted. If you're unsure of how to flash a ROM to your device or how to root it, check out some of our guides on how to do it. Please remember to always make a backup before rooting or flashing your device.

The only downside at the moment is that Gapps isn’t available right in the package, so you don’t have access to the Play Store and other Google products. However, the Paranoid Android team has stated that they are working on getting those done so that they can be flashed at the same time.  As a work around, I managed to find an 4.4 Gapps package on the XDA Developers forum and flashed it along with Android 4.4 with no issues. 

Version information and the main app drawer. / © NextPit

I grabbed the ROM and flashed it to my Nexus 7 and played around with it a bit and so far, it is pretty stable. The Gapps package works and I haven’t had any issues with random crashes or bugs. You are allowed to sign into your Google account, however, I've noticed that it won't automatically download all the apps that you have synced on other devices. Otherwise, it's a nice way to get early access to the just announced Anroid 4.4 and I'll be playing around with it more in the coming days. 

Wireless printing and NFC payments, new to Android 4.4 / © NextPit

So, for those of you who have a 2013 Nexus 7, go ahead and grab the files and play around with it and enjoy a sneak peak into KitKat before anybody else gets their hands on it!

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  • Skip Flem Nov 1, 2013 Link to comment

    This upgrade (?) has been nothing but a 3 hour NIGHTMARE!!!
    My N7 is still DEAD. Every previous 4.3 UG has been a DREAM.

  • Randy Magruder Nov 1, 2013 Link to comment

    We need a mirror for this. The paranoid android servers are slammed and cancelling downloads after about 20 Mb.

  • Force Nov 1, 2013 Link to comment

    Awesome! Will flash it tonight (located at CET+2). Thank you for checking it out, will hit back after flashing.

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