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Android 4.4 arrives on Nexus 7 and 10 as Nexus 4 owners wait

Google has begun rolling out its Android 4.4 KitKat update to all Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets with no word yet as to when Nexus 4 owners will receive it.

The over-the-air update is being delivered to all Wi-Fi versions of the Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 as well as the Nexus 10 following the release of the new Android version at the end of October alongside the Nexus 5.

Users can download the software update by going to the settings menu on the respective tablet and manually checking for the new update before selecting it to be downloaded and then installed.

Google confirmed via Twitter that it will be updating the 3G version of the Nexus 7 “soon”, with the Nexus 4 also set to receive the update at the same time according to the same Tweet.

Android 4.4 is a significant update as Google attempts to create an Android that everyone can use on any device thus reducing the fragmentation that is present currently. Google has done this by streamlining support for devices running with as little as 512MB of RAM and it opens it up to emerging markets where phones are manufactured with smaller amounts of RAM.

It comes with support for the “OK Google” voice command option found on some devices, faster multi-tasking, closer pairing with Google Now, and Hangouts now covers SMS, MMS, video calls and other conversations in one app.

This is all in addition to a number of more cosmetic improvements such as a launcher that now has translucent UI elements.

Sony was one of the first Android handset manufacturers to announce its roadmap for the roll out of Android 4.4 KitKat with the likes of Samsung, HTC and others set to bring it to devices in due course.