Well, the excruciating wait we’ve had to endure to get the sweet taste of Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus devices is finally coming to an end, as Google has announced that the KitKat update will begin rolling out to the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models, only the Wi-Fi variant for now) and Nexus 10 sometime later tonight, while the Nexus 4 and the cellular version of the Nexus 7 will get the update “soon.”
As a refresher, Android 4.4 brings along some noticeable new features and improvements, including faster performance, multitasking, and reduced memory usage, a full screen “immersive mode” for apps, transparent navigation and status bar support, inbuilt NFC payment and printing functionality, better accessibility through features like closed captioning, a new file picker that integrates various cloud storage services, and more. Also included is a new Google launcher – called Google Experience – that integrates Google Now on the homescreen, though it will be exclusive to the Nexus 5 for the time being.
Once the rollout begins, a notification for the update should show up in your status bar. The process is gradual so you’ll have to wait for your turn, though you can always try your luck and check in the Settings » About tablet » System update menu on your device, or grab the OTA file and update manually through recovery and/or ADB.