Android 4.4.1 continues to wind its way through the air, hitting devices a few at a time. Being a smart young individual, you know you don't need to wait for the OTA to reach your device in the old fashioned way – you can skip the line. The OTA update file for the WiFi version of the new Nexus 7 (that's Flo) has been spotted and we've got it right here for you.
Disclaimer: Android Police isn't responsible for any harm to your device - proceed at your own risk.
To get this update installed correctly you need to have the Android SDK installed and working on your computer with ADB (via a microUSB cable). This is what allows you to issue commands to your device in order to push the OTA file. Those with custom recoveries have it a bit easier, though. You also have to be running the stock Nexus 7 ROM, version KRT16S.
If you have made any system file modifications, make sure you roll them back.
MD5 sum: ce344ae6d5d2f74f80c9009947c9cbe9
Before you get started: This update method should not erase anything on your device, but back up as best you can.
You'll use the adb sideload command after making sure your device is properly detected by ADB. You can check out our full sideload guide here – the process is identical except for the file name. If you have a custom recovery, it can be flashed from there. Just copy the file.
The update will likely kill root on previously rooted devices, but it's easy to get back:
- Flash TWRP from here (fastboot flash recovery FILENAME.img).
- Reboot into recovery (adb reboot recovery or hold Power+VolDn, then select Recovery).
- Flash the latest version of SuperSU.
- You should be rooted.