Since the Android 4.4 Kitkat OS update is still rolling out to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices via OTA (Over-The-Air), many users are still looking forward to the update and what enhancements it would bring along.
Following are some of the pointers for those users, regarding what not to expect in 2014 after the OS update.
There have been some scattered rumours online which have started showing up months ahead of its launch but nothing is substantial. Unlike the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4.4 Kitkat OS leaks, which were the biggest leaks before the launch, the Nexus users are likely to be disappointed as not much leaks are expected to occur this time.
It has been speculated that Google will stick to its schedule and will release the next update somewhere in the middle of the year which indicates that nothing much can be seen until the Google I/O event at the very least.
Google is said to do a fantastic job in keeping many features under wraps until the announcement, so while the Nexus users will keep getting a glimpse, one cannot expect the entire leak ahead of time.
Google I/O Event
This year, Google did not reveal any hardware or software details and the Android Kitkat too appeared only around 31October.
It has been widely speculated that Google I/O event is the date when Google will reveal some new hardware or software update but it has been proven to be nothing but a false alarm. Even the previous Android OS, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, was rumoured to show up in the Google I/O event but failed to do so.
So if the next Android update or hardware isn't revealed at the Google I/O event in 2014, there's nothing new. However, the event might be the onset of rumours and certain leaks.
The users should not expect the firm to roll out its Android update for every device on the same date. According to the pattern seen, Google rolls out the update first on its Wi-Fi only models, before the cellular ones. In case of Android 4.4 OS, Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and Nexus 10 were the first ones to see the updates, according to Women Citizen.
Multiple release dates and slow roll outs are expected to be seen.
No New Hardware
It has been also said that one should not expect the next Android update to roll out without a new hardware. It has been speculated that the next update will come along with a device, which will replace the Nexus 7 (2013) version.
Nexus 7 3 rumours have already been cropping up and the firm is likely to reveal the new 7in tablet soon, to compete with Apple's new iPad mini with retina.