A Google Android figurine at the Google office in Toronto.
A Google Android figurine sits on the welcome desk as employee Tracy McNeilly smiles at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012.Reuters

Google has not only rolled out the latest update of Android 4.4 Kitkat OS to Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013) models, but the new 4.4.1 version can also be installed on Google Nexus 10 manually by following some simple steps.

Just like other devices, the user would have to manually install the KOT49E build on the Nexus 10 after downloading the respective files for a successful installation process.

Before upgrading, the users would have to make sure that the device is running stock ROM version - KRT16S.

Below are the steps to install the latest Android 4.4.1 Kitkat OS Update on the Google Nexus 10.

What You Need

  • Latest Android SDK file installed on a fully charged computer with ADB (link)
  • A microUSB cable
  • Fully charged Google Nexus 10 device running stock ROM version
  • Android 4.4.1 Kitkat Update .zip file (link)


  • Before starting the process the user can create a backup of files stored in the Google Nexus 10 device. (Optional)
  • Plug in the Nexus device to the PC.
  • Go to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number several times till the message shows "You are now a Developer"
  • Exit from "About Phone" and find the "Developer Options" settings. Enable USB debugging.
  • Move the Android 4.4.1 OS .zip file into the Platform-Tools folder in the Android SDK file.
  • In the command prompt, type "adb reboot bootloader" > The device will reboot to the bootloader.
  • Use Volume Down on the device until it displays "Recovery."
  • Select it using the Power Button.
  • The device will boot to an Android logo with an exclamation mark.
  • Press Volume Up and Power at the same time to jump past this.
  • The user will now be in stock recovery.
  • Use Volume Down to scroll and Power button to choose the option "apply update from ADB."
  • In PC, type the command "adb sideload".

(Before typing the command, give an easy name to the ZIP file, for instance nexus7.zip and type the command "adb sideload nexus7.zip")

  • Once finished, the device will begin to update.
  • Once done, simply reboot the device and enjoy the update.

[Disclaimer: The above mentioned steps are not guaranteed to work exactly as stated. International Business Times would not be responsible for any loss of data from the device while implementing the steps. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.]

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