There is some good news for owners of Nexus 7 LTE (2013) as Google has finally rolled out the long-awaited Android 4.4.3 KitKat stock firmware with build number KTU84L for the flagship tablet.

The refreshed edition of Google's 7in flagship tablet, Nexus 7 2013, has not been as successful as the original in spite of its powerful hardware configuration including Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz Krait processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 4G/LTE capability.

Nevertheless, the long forgotten Nexus 7 LTE tablet gets the due after all other Nexus devices received the latest KitKat update with Android 4.4.3 release from Google.

Those who missed the official OTA update notification for the latest KitKat build and want to upgrade the firmware to Android 4.4.3 KTU84L can follow the step-by-step guide below to install the same manually via ADB sideload method.

IBTimes UK reminds readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.


1. Download the latest USB drivers for Nexus 7 2013 on your computer.

2. Ensure the Nexus 7 battery is fully charged or has at least 80% battery charge, before you proceed.

3. Back up important data and settings on the tablet to prevent data loss during firmware installation.

4. Enable USB debugging mode on the tablet by navigating to Settings >> Developer Options.

5. Ensure the tablet is factory unlocked and not rooted.

6. Install and setup Android SDK ADT package on your computer.

7. Ensure the tablet is running stock Android 4.4.2 before you proceed.

Steps to update Nexus 7 LTE to Android 4.4.3 KitKat Stock Firmware

Step 1: Download the necessary OTA package for your tablet:

Step 2:Go to the folder where you downloaded the OTA zip file and then press SHIFT key and Right-click on empty space inside the folder.

Step 3: Choose Open command window option via the ensuing pop-up menu.

Step 4: Boot the Nexus 7 to stock recovery mode by entering the following command in the CMD window: adb reboot recovery

Note: After typing the command, just hit enter. But, do not close the window yet.

Step 5: Nexus 7 will reboot now and you will see a black warning screen with the Android bot icon in the middle.

Step 6: Now keep tapping Volume Up and Power buttons for a few seconds until the screen starts flashing. At this moment, release all the keys.

Step 7: The tablet should now enter stock recovery mode with the message "Android system recovery" displayed on the top of screen.

Step 8: Connect the Nexus 7 to computer via USB cable.

Step 9: Use Volume keys to navigate and highlight apply update from ADB option. Then select it by tapping the Power button.

Step 10: Enter the following command if you are using the normal OTA zip file (other users):

adb sideload

Step 11: Enter the following command if you downloaded the Verizon OTA zip file:

adb sideload

Step 12: You will see the transfer progress on the CMD window. Wait until the process completes and then hit reboot system now by tapping the Power button.

Your Nexus 7 LTE is now updated to the latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat stock firmware.

[Source: Droid Views]