Upgrading the LG Google Nexus 4 from Android 4.4.3 to 4.4.4

After the infinite loop installation scare of going from Android 4.4.2 to 4.4.3 on the LG Nexus 4, I was in fingers-crossed formation when I attempted the upgrade from Android 4.4.3 to 4.4.4 which Google pushed out unexpectedly to the world. This is the OTA update, performed after I was prompted by the Nexus 4 itself. This is an unlocked N4 purchased directly from Google Play running stock as is, unrooted and un-hacked.

TL;DR: the upgrade was smooth and with no problems and it lasted probably under ten minutes end to end. A more elaborate recount of my nano adventure follows…


I did this while the Nexus 4 was plugged on the wall AC adapter. I forgot to reboot it for good measure. Not that that is necessary, but it doesn’t hurt since I don’t often reboot it very often.

I initiated the process and was greeted with the familiar Android screen with the “Restart & Install” button at the bottom right side. I messed up the screenshot with the volume down button, the download is fairly small this time, around 2.4 MB, compared to under 80MB going from 4.4.2 to 4.4.3.


I pressed the “Restart & Install”. The usual Power Off with the rotating vortex-y animation displayed for a few seconds. Then the all-familiar “Installing System Update” appeared on the screen and lasted for about 2-3 minutes. This is where the 4.4.2 to 4.4.3 update got stuck in an infinite loop, but thank The Seven, this went smoothly, just one pass through this and it progressed to the next step.

The next being the Google logo with the four colorful circle animation. From there we got the “Android is Upgrading” with the “Optimizing app X of Y”. I have just over 100 apps installed at the moment (yes, an un-installathon is overdue on the poor old 8GB storage), so it took 2-3 minutes. This may vary depending on your apps.

From there we got the “Starting Apps” and “Finish Boot” and voila, the Android Home Screen appeared! Now the phone is upgraded and all is well. Our work here is done! Android 4.4.4 has arrived! I haven’t noticed any issues while playing with it so far.