While Android 4.4 is coming to the world via Nexus 5, Google is looking forward to make it available to most other devices as soon as possible. Soon after Nexus 5 launch, Google had announced that Android 4.4 OTA update will roll out to Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (both editions), Nexus 10 and the Google Editions of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
While that is great news, the sad news is for Galaxy Nexus users. The Galaxy Nexus is the first device to get Android 4.0 update but it won’t get beyond Android 4.3. The reason stated by Google is as follows:
Is Google releasing Android 4.4 as a system update for Galaxy Nexus?
No, Galaxy Nexus phones won’t be receiving the update for Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Why isn’t Galaxy Nexus receiving the update to Android 4.4?
Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices.
Regarding the factory images of Android 4.4 for other devices, Ed Heyl, the Google release engineer says:
In the coming weeks, other Nexus devices (Nexus 4, 7, and 10) will receive their KitKat update, and we’ll make those proprietary binaries and factory images available at that time.
via Google Blog