Google updates the Nexus 5 radio for some international customers, brings new redesigned UI to Glass users.
Google’s gone and released another update for the Nexus 5. Before you rejoice and run to your Nexus 5 settings page, however, you should know two things: 1) it’s only for a few users worldwide, and 2) it’s the smallest update we’ve seen for the Nexus 5 since the phone’s arrival 9 months ago.
First, the Nexus 5 update places Australia, India, and New Zealand Nexus 5 users on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The Android 4.4.4 KitKat update was meant to patch up some security loopholes in Android, but for Australia, India, and New Zealand Android users, it’ll bring you another treat – an improved radio experience. The update will take you from build number KTU84P (Android 4.4.4) to KTU84Q (Android 4.4.4_r2).
Last but not least, the update is only 2MB, nothing to drive you to root your device for. All Nexus 5 users in India will see the update, but only 2Degrees Nexus 5 customers in New Zealand and Telsa Australia customers will see the new update in their respective places.
Android 4.4.4 KitKat and this new revision for a few worldwide customers may provide small updates, but they’re still updates – demonstrating Google’s commitment to the Nexus line and user experience. On another note, Google also updated its Glass gadget today from XE 18.3 firmware to XE 19.1 while bringing something along the lines of a Material Design redesign to the Glass user interface. The Glass firmware update also involved bug fixes to network and connectivity issues.
Google’s next big thing, Android L, has yet to be given a name or a release date. An HTC update calendar leaked some time ago shows HTC delivering the coveted new Android L to its customers as early as October, so it’s likely that Android L will arrive with a new Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9, or both.