Nexus 7 Android KitKat 4.4 update creates problems

By Peter Chubb - Nov 20, 2013

It was just last week when Google decided to update two of its devices to Android 4.4 KitKat, and that was the Nexus 7 and 10, with the Nexus 4 planned for a later date. However, it is only the Wi-Fi models that benefited from the update.

The software update promised to make both Nexus tablets better thanks to improved features and bug fixes, but for some Nexus 7 owners it has not been a smooth upgrade process.

We have already seen from some Product Reviews readers that Nexus 7 Android KitKat 4.4 update has created problems, and they are not isolated to just one issue.

Nexus 7 now with Android 4.4 KitKat

Nexus 7 now with Android 4.4 KitKat

One reader has said “when using Bluetooth headsets and listening to music, the moment I press the home button the sound quality goes very strange before going back to normal.”

There is also an overlap issue with the My Library widget on the home screen because some owners have complained that when they go from portrait to landscape the widget then overlaps the search bar.

Nexus 7 with Android KitKat 4.4 has problems

Nexus 7 with Android KitKat 4.4 has problems

Three other issues that you need to be aware of are, no Google Now on the Nexus 7 home screen, notifications and home screen bar are not transparent anymore and also people have been unable to delete home screens.

There has already been an update for KitKat, and so we wait to see when the Nexus 7 gets this update to help to fix these issues.

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  • dia

    i regretfully upgraded to android 4.43 on my nexus 7 last week. The camera is not working at all and other apps are freezing. Based on this POOR upgrade experience I am hesitant to go to 4.44, feeling doubtful it will correct the issues. Has anyone experienced the same, and looking for advice about the latest “upgrade” that inspire me to consider apple products next time around.

  • andros

    When i use bluetooth audio streaming on a sound bar with my nexus7 the WiFi work really bad!!… I cant see anything on YouTube without lag and Walt a lot of time!!…

  • potrzebie

    I posted to this with a legitimate complaint yesterday and you have blocked it. What’s the problem?

  • Ron Williamson

    Since the update the bar showing suggested words and spelling in the text mode suggests misspellings and words without apostrophes instead of those with them. Slows my texting down a bunch.

  • Matthew cheal

    My sound ba on my screen will not move, any help with the problem will be most appreciated.

  • Bill Hamm

    my Nexus 7 2012 crashed..Screen froze and I could not open apps. I chatted w/Google Support and after trying several fixes Google referred me to Asus support because Google only warranties 12 months. I bought July 2012 After chatting with Asus it was decided for me tosend it to their Repair in Texas which I did

  • dori

    My Bluetooth does not work anymore. I can not witch it on. I am using a nexus 7

  • MarcTabor

    where does one go to post issues? I had to do a factory flash because the OTA could not get past the fact I had uninstalled Google Books. Kept saying that there was unexpected content in Books.akp (which did not exist) and would fail. Reinstalling Google books did not solve it either. No Idea where to report this though…

    • nexusUser

      Had same problem during wifi update, got an error screen, saying unexpected contents on ../Maps.apk .I was having “app unexpectedly stop” very often (running stock android not rooted). Sounded like corrupted cheap flash memory, after flashing factory 4.3 image over USB could update smoothly to kit Kat trough WiFi.